From 2011 Victoria University will have 241 more accommodation places to offer students after securing the lease for a soon to be refurbished building on the Terrace.
The yet-to-be-named accommodation at 132 The Terrace will be a fully catered hall, serving primarily domestic first-year students, and will be open for the 2011 intake.
The accommodation is the latest in Victoria's growing accommodation space for students. In 2009, the Prime Minister Hon John Key officially opened Te Puni Village, a custom-built complex that houses 400 mainly first-year students.
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh says the new student hall will be a much need addition to Victoria University’s suite of accommodation options.
"The demand for accommodation at Victoria has been growing significantly in recent years - students from across New Zealand and overseas want to study at Victoria. With Te Puni Village, and now this new complex, we are meeting this need for high quality accommodation," says Professor Walsh.
The building - a former office block - was recently purchased by Maurice Clark of Cheops Holdings, and will be leased by Victoria University. It will soon be refurbished by McKee-Fehl Constructors into a state-of-the-art student accommodation complex.
The new complex is situated very conveniently to Victoria's Kelburn Campus, and within short walking distance of the Pipitea and Te Aro campuses.
Students are able to apply for the hall online at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/accommodation/