UNSW Village opens

Sydney's largest on-campus student residence, UNSW Village, has been officially opened by Chancellor David Gonski.

Unswvillage inside

UNSW and accommodation partners, Campus Living Villages, officially opened Sydney's largest on-campus student residence this week. UNSW Chancellor David Gonski unveiled a commemorative plaque on the site, at a special function to mark the event.

The 1021-bed complex, UNSW Village, welcomed its first students on 1 January 2010 and reached 100 per cent occupancy before the start of semester one.

UNSW Vice-Chancellor Professor Fred Hilmer, said: "The University is committed to providing an outstanding student experience and a vibrant campus life for our students. Our close working partnership with Campus Living Villages has allowed us to develop world-class student accommodation and welcome over a thousand more students to campus."

For Professor John Niland, Chair of Campus Living Villages, the opening had a special significance. As a former UNSW Vice-Chancellor, he has a longstanding association with the University.

"Campus Living Villages is delighted to have worked in partnership with UNSW to develop this landmark student accommodation facility. Our expertise in sustainability, student-focused design and contemporary living, coupled with a commitment to preserve historic elements, has created a unique facility that sets a new standard in student living."

UNSW Village offers a unique residential life program to create an exciting community and encourage academic achievement, community contribution and the development of life skills.

The $127 million development is designed and managed by Campus Living Villages.

Media contact: Denise Knight, UNSW Media Office | 9385 8920 | d.knight@unsw.edu.au