Village boosts student accommodation

Thursday, 2 February 2006

Student accommodation in Adelaide will receive a major boost today as the University of Adelaide opens a major 400-bed facility in Grote Street at 2pm.

Her Excellency Marjorie Jackson-Nelson, the Governor of South Australia, will officially open the second and final stage of the Village, a purpose-built state-of-the-art accommodation facility that caters for both international and domestic students.

The Village, located at 210 Grote Street in the CBD, features accommodation opportunities of differing design and size in 51 townhouses and a six-storey apartment building. The facility is managed by the University of Adelaide, and features fully furnished, modern accommodation in a friendly and safe environment.

"We believe it is the best student accommodation of its kind in Australia," says University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor Professor James McWha. "A lot of research and planning went into the type of facility we provided so that we could offer what students had told us they wanted. The feedback we have received from those who are already staying here suggests that they are extremely happy with it."

"One of its main strengths is the sense of community and support that it generates. Some of its features include academic tutoring, mentoring, organised social programs, a student lounge, computer suite and 24-hour security - not to mention the mix of cultures from Australia and around the world. "

The Village also underlines the contribution the University makes to the State of South Australia, Professor McWha says.

"This contribution was recognised at the 2005 Business SA Export Awards with the University winning both the Education Adelaide education export award and the most prestigious award on offer, the Premier's Award as overall Exporter of the Year," he says.

"Our international student numbers continue to rise - since 2003 they have risen by more than 50 percent - and the Village will help us to continue meeting the high international demand for our courses," he says. "We offer a high-quality education and the Village complements that by being a high-quality accommodation facility."


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