Canty University to get new hall of residence by 2015

Last updated 05:00 10/12/2013

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The University of Canterbury will build a 240-bed hall of residence as student numbers creep back to pre-earthquake levels.

Construction on the multi-million dollar project will start next year and is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 student intake.

University Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr said the new building would take some of the pressure off the Christchurch housing market.

He said the university was "sensitive to the housing situation" and did not want to contribute to the tight rental housing market.

The complex would be built on the Dovedale campus with the help of private investment.

Neighbours would be consulted as the project advanced, he said.

Carr said student numbers were likely to rise to pre-quake levels by 2017 and applications from international students for next year had increased by 50 per cent, or 600 applications, compared to this time last year.

He said the university was keen to provide more accommodation on the Dovedale campus as it "continues to contribute to the rebuild".

The university was also looking into short-term housing options for up to 72 students on Ilam Fields for the 2014 academic year. About $180 million had already been spent on campus remediation and the university was expecting to spend $1.1 billion over the next 10 years.

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