A new student accommodation will be built on North Haugh site by The University of St Andrews. This will be the fifteenth hall of residence in the town and will house approximately 150 more students. The budget for this new accommodation plan is approximately £100 million.
The University of St Andrews has decided to invest money into a new student accommodation which will be located on the North Haugh site between Andrew Melville Hall and Agnes Blackadder Hall.
Approximately 150 more students will have the chance to live in a hall of residence in St Andrews in the coming years. This will be the fifteenth hall of residence in the town.
According to the plan registered with Fife Council, the new block will add 148 new beds to the total residential capacity.
The budget for this new accommodation plan is approximately £100 million. The University of St Andrews is committed to improving the quality and the quantity of the student accommodation, building on the projects already completed at gap sites at Powell Hall, Whiteburn Hall and Albany Park, with an overall target delivery date of 2024.
Benjamin Stuart, residential and business services director at the University of St Andrews, addressed the demand for student accommodation.
Speaking of this, he said, “the University of St Andrews is acutely aware of the increasing pressures on the town from the accommodation demands of our students. We are also seeing increasingly high demands from students in terms of the quality and configuration of university provided accommodation.”
The private housing market in St Andrews has been challenged in the past due to a higher demand for accommodation from the large student population. The University already provides more than 4,000 beds for its 9,300-strong student population, but the number of students is expected to grow with a first spike up to 10,000 during the next academic year.
At the moment, many students are living in Dundee owing to a lack of accommodation in St Andrews and the University’s goal is to meet the demand for housing in the coming years.
However, Mr Stuart also declared that “there is more to do to reach the target needed, and the University will consider further developments within the estate, to fulfil the demand and to meet the needs of our diverse range of students.”