In July 2014, Campus Living Villages was awarded a 648-bed student accommodation agreement by the University of Melbourne. Student Village, the University of Melbourne Campus (the Village) is the culmination of years of expertise developing high quality, student-centric residences for institutions worldwide.
Opened in January 2016, apartments and facilities are designed to suit the demographic of the University of Melbourne’s urban student market. With extensive common room spaces, a ground level retail outlet, secure access, staff support 24 hours a day and an exciting residential life program, the 14-storey site reached 100% occupancy for Semester 1 shortly after the arrival of its first residents.
In an Australian first, the Village also features a HOME social lounge, an innovative concept designed to create a “home away from home” for residents. HOME consists of quiet, internet-enabled break out areas for studying during the day, indoor and outdoor communal spaces and a movie wall for socialising in the evenings. A flexible layout allows the lounge to turn into an event space to accommodate both large and small groups. Accompanied by an exciting social calendar, HOME has already started to become the heart of the Village community.
To support environmental sustainability, features such as high performance insulation and glazing systems, solar panels, cross ventilation and high efficiency fixtures and fittings have been incorporated, earning the village a 5 Green Star Sustainability Design Rating.
Speaking about the new development, the University of Melbourne’s Deputy Provost, Professor Sue Elliott commented, “As well as helping to cater for the strong demand for student accommodation at our university, the new facility will benefit students by adding to the amenity, vibrancy and vitality of the southern part of the Melbourne campus.”