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Student pads up in the world

Author: Neena Bhandari
Date: 19/12/2013
Words: 331
Source: SMH
        Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: Supplement
Page: 6
Campus flats are a big part of attracting students, says Neena Bhandari.

Universities are responding to the growing demand for student housing with purpose-built complexes designed to meet students' needs and budgets, providing facilities that include free Wi-Fi, computer labs, gyms and common rooms.

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has added over 1300 new beds to its village and new college village and, this year, it has opened the University Terraces with 400 beds. These new apartment complexes offer studios and multi-share flats. A studio apartment in this complex, which features rooftop gardens, cafes, bars, a supermarket and ATMs, costs $329 a week including all utilities (water, gas, electricity).

Macquarie University has two new accommodation complexes offering students self-catered and semi-catered dormitory options costing between $296 and $574 a week. The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has four residences located within walking distance of its city campus providing furnished twin, studio and share apartment accommodation with fees ranging between $208 and $372.

Next year, the Australian Catholic University will open its new custom-built residence in Camperdown with 154 beds. It has self-catered studios and multi-share fully furnished apartments with facilities that include coin-operated laundry, free limited parking and bike storage. Room rates in a multi-share apartment begin at $275 per week.

Accessibility and proximity to public transport, shopping, dining and entertainment precincts are a key consideration for students. Many new students prefer living on campus to be close to the academic and support facilities offered by the university.

Charles Sturt University's campus accommodation ranges from traditional dormitory living to more homely cottages. The new residences at Wagga Wagga and Narrambla at Orange include bedrooms with en suites and associated living spaces, shared kitchen and laundry facilities and individual heating and cooling.

The University of Sydney currently offers 2500 beds and over the next three years it will add 3500 more beds to improve affordable on-campus housing. Pro-vice chancellor, academic affairs, Professor Marie Carroll says, "To address affordability concerns, the university is committed to pricing all new developments below market rent".

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