The University of Hull and its student accommodation partner University Partnerships Programme (UPP) welcomed new and returning students this weekend with many first years moving into new residences on campus.
Westfield Court provides 1,462 rooms across nine-blocks on campus. Within the blocks, there are a mix of room types ranging from traditional townhouses and flat shares to a more private set-up in 1-bedroom apartments and studio flats.
Alongside the high-quality residential suites, the new complex enhances the overall student experience at the University by offering multiple social spaces for students to hang out as well as spaces that are more formal, dedicated study spaces.
Established in 2016, the accommodation partnership is with UPP, the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, designing, building and financing the scheme. UPP is also responsible for operating the nine-block development which has 1,462 rooms and has a total construction value of over £97 million.
The development forms part of the University’s £300 million investment programme to deliver an exceptional student experience, which also includes improved sports facilities, strengthened student services and enhanced online learning resources.
The investment programme will enable the University of Hull to continue to attract students and employees from around the world and strengthen its positive impact on the Humber region.
Trudi Vout, Director of Campus and Accommodation Services at the University of Hull, said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome hundreds of new students to our campus this weekend. From the moment they arrived, the students infused the new accommodation buildings with energy, personality and community. To see the development progress in this way really is the icing on the cake for our partnership.”
UPP’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Richard Bienfait, said: “Completion of the Westfield Court development marks the next important chapter in UPP’s partnership with the University of Hull. It sets a new bar for student accommodation in the city – enabling more students to live in high-quality, managed and secure accommodation at the heart of this fantastic institution – and will have a positive impact on the wider community.”
Successful completion of Westfield Court means UPP will operate 1,750 rooms across the University of Hull campus, including 288 rooms at the University’s Taylor Court residences.
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