The University of Western Australia is exploring new ways to cater for increasing demand from students who want to live on or near its Crawley campus.
Its plans involve supporting expansion at existing residential colleges as well as looking at sustainable developments in conjunction with the private sector.
The development of high-quality student accommodation is aligned with the University's priority to enhance the UWA student experience and achieve its long term goal to be amongst the top 50 universities in the world by 2050.
It is well known that the top universities in the world encourage a high proportion of students to live in residential colleges. Having students live and learn on campus:
- enhances the student experience
- results in better access to educational resources
- reduces travel, thereby reducing demand for car parking and associated traffic impacts
- enables students to participate fully in student life.
Diversity, equity and access
Additional student accommodation will increase access to quality tertiary education for disadvantaged students, particularly those from regional areas of Western Australia or from low socio-economic backgrounds.
There are five existing residential colleges affiliated with, or owned by UWA, which house more than 1,000 students. In addition, the University owns a significant number of residential properties in the immediate neighbourhood of the Crawley Campus which provide housing for more than 300 students.
The University made a successful submission under the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) to provide 1,000 additional affordable student accommodation dwellings. The University completed construction of over 500 NRAS dwellings at University Hall in March 2013.
Other planned developments
The University is seeking planning approvals to enable a purpose built student accommodation facility to be built on University-owned land in Crawley Village, near the southern end of campus. The project details are yet to be finalised, but it is expected to provide housing for more than 400 students.