Campus rooms plan for 800 students
AN EXTRA 800 students will be able to live on campus under plans unveiled by Plymouth University.
The project is the next phase of the long-term campus development which has already seen spending of more than £300million.
The university said it wanted to build on its standing as a first choice university, further its economic contribution to the city and enhance community relations with local residents.
The 800 student bedrooms will be available from September 2014 if the university gets the go-ahead from city planners.
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The plans will see the creation of a new "Western Gateway", further integrating the campus with the city.
This will be achieved through refurbishing all current university accommodation, comprising houses mainly used as offices, and the redevelopment of Pitts Memorial Hall and Gibbon Street.
A bespoke new building is planned for the corner of John Street on the campus.
The proposals will be submitted to Plymouth City Council next month after a consultation with staff, students, residents, partners and other stakeholders.
A spokesperson said: "Housing more first-year students on campus will go some way towards our important work in reducing the 'studentification' of neighbourhoods around the campus and help to enhance community relations.
"Ensuring on-going recruitment of first-year students will also protect the economic value that our second and third-year students deliver to the private rental housing market."
Professor Wendy Purcell, the university's Vice-Chancellor and chief executive, said: "A recent national student satisfaction survey showed that on campus student accommodation was one of the key factors in choosing a university.
"We enjoyed excellent recruitment figures this year, however of those who wanted to join us but were unable to do so, the key reason was because we could not guarantee accommodation.
"Our students contribute nearly £100million to the Plymouth economy each year, a figure which will continue to grow under these proposals to sustain our healthy recruitment statistics.
"We will continue to invest to support the student experience and ensure that we maintain a contemporary and fit-for-purpose estate with inspirational surroundings for our students, staff and local communities."