Have your say on future student accommodation at University of Sydney Open Day

27 August 2013

The University of Sydney has invited students to sleep over on campus to test drive its new affordable student accommodation, with five different design concepts to be replicated on campus at Open Day 2013.

The design concepts for the University's new affordable student housing will be open for inspection at a Student Accommodation Survey Pavilion in front of the New Law Building on Eastern Avenue, and reflect the fit-out for the recently acquired Queen Mary Building in Newtown, scheduled to open in 2015.

The pavilion will be open for inspection for three weeks, launching at Open Day on 31 August.

Current students have applied to stay overnight in the test pods, which will mirror the size and configuration of the real rooms as closely as possible.

Following their visits to the pavilion, students will be invited to give feedback and vote on their preferred design using online surveys on a 'rate the room' website, for the chance to win a range of prizes.

"We're hoping that students from all of the University's faculties, both undergraduate and postgraduate, will provide us with feedback so we can ensure the best possible design for our new student accommodation," says Jordi Austin, Director of Student Support Services at the University of Sydney.

"We will also be using this information to shape our design for future accommodation options. There may be a spread of preferences across room types, and this information will enable us to offer different types of rooms."

The 750 new beds to be provided by the Queen Mary Building address a growing demand for affordable student housing accommodation, and are part of the University's strategy to increase available affordable beds in and around its main campus from 2500 to 6000 by 2015.

The accommodation will be targeted at both international and domestic students who are seeking a greater level of independence and responsibility within proximity of the University's main campus.

The current concept for the accommodation includes a manager's office and approximately one residential assistant for every 25 students. Planned spaces include single rooms with large common living and study spaces, sky lounges and sky-gardens, communal kitchens that permit independent living but with higher than normal social interaction, a theatre, gym and music room.

Along with launching the Student Accommodation Survey Pavilion, the University of Sydney will open its doors for Open Day 2013 on 31 August to future students, their families and friends, and members of the public interested in seeing what one of Australia's leading universities has to offer. Open Day is a great opportunity to explore the University's diverse range of courses and discover your options for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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