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Hundreds more students move into new East Slope rooms

The transformation of student housing on the University of Sussex campus has entered a new phase with the arrival of new students over Welcome Weekend.

More than 1,000 Sussex students are now living in the new East Slope residences – 200 of them in rooms that have just been completed.

This latest milestone in the progress of the East Slope housing development means that almost half of the bedrooms are now occupied.

The contractor, Balfour Beatty, started work on site in January 2017 and the first phase opened in September 2018, providing more than 550 bedrooms.

Dennis Smith, Project Manager in Estates for the East Slope residences, said: “This development is bringing the University’s accommodation up to date and in line with the expectations of our students.

“The new housing is part of the University’s wider commitment to developing outstanding infrastructure and amenities on campus.

“We look forward to the completion of another 500 East Slope rooms for autumn 2020 and the remaining 570 rooms by the start of 2021.”

As well as flats and townhouses, the East Slope development includes a 24-hour reception, a social hub and a laundry room. The finished student village will also include several retail units and a centre for student services.

Separately, exploratory work is taking place for the possible construction of new student residences on the West Slope of campus.

The area for potential redevelopment, which is part of the approved campus masterplan, includes Park Village and some of the Park Houses (Kulukundis House, Lancaster House, Kent House and York House).

This new accommodation would add to the range of student housing on campus and provide up to 2,000 bedrooms – an increase of about 1,000 extra rooms.

Posted on behalf of: Estates and Facilities Management and SEF
Last updated: Wednesday, 25 September 2019


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