Students who are losing out to families in the hunt for housing will have a new place to stay at the start of next year.
Massey University has invested $26.2 million in new halls of residence.
Albany campus registrar Andrea Davies thinks housing is becoming harder to find as the region grows.
"Families and couples tend to get accommodation before students, so it has been a bit of a pinch point."
The new buildings will open in 2015 and house almost 300 students, with plans to expand to 800 to 1000 in the future.
Mrs Davies says having students living on campus will make it a 24/7 hub with a real sense of community.
"Economic spin-off to local businesses is only going to strengthen with more students living on campus."
Students can choose from studio to five-bedroom apartments.
A central lounge is also being built and will include a games room, music room, study area, a large social space and office space.
Mrs Davies says they have already had expressions of interest from current students.
"The Albany campus celebrates its 21st birthday this year and this is a really great present to be unveiling."
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