Investing in student housing and facilities
We're looking into how to enhance our on-campus accommodation for Sussex students.
An artistic impression of the proposed West Slope development from the edge of campus.
We want to ensure we continue to develop our housing stock to provide high-quality, modern homes for our students.
So following on from the East Slope residential development, which is due for completion by 2021, we are exploring the potential redevelopment of student residences on the West Slope of campus.
The area for possible 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). The new accommodation would not be in place of any general teaching space.
The current buildings date back to the early 1970s and now require either major refurbishment (at a significant cost to the University) or redevelopment (in partnership with a developer, who would raise the finance).
Students and staff have been contributing to plans for the new residences, which would provide up to 2,000 bedrooms – an increase of about 1,000 extra rooms – and add to the range of student housing on campus.
This further investment in our campus accommodation would enable us to continue to alleviate pressure on homes in the city by housing a high proportion of our students on campus.
New community facilities and mixed-use spaces for all students would also be located in the development, including a new health and wellbeing centre, a supermarket, café, additional study space in a new library, and an open area of flexible green space.
If this redevelopment goes ahead, the University will take advantage of external financing so that investment from our surplus can focus on teaching, research and the student experience.