USP to offer affordable on-campus student accommodation
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Civil earthworks at the Laucala Campus to prepare land for the construction of the 12th Hall.
Major earthworks are underway for the biggest single project to increase on-campus student accommodation at The University of the South Pacific (USP).
A 400-bed on-campus hostel will soon be constructed for students of USP at the main Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji.
Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP confirmed that the 12th Hall is also expected to accommodate USP’s growing international student population. The plan for the construction of the building is a direct response to the demand for increasing on-campus student accommodation, Professor Chandra stated.
“The construction will enable the University to utilise available land earmarked for student accommodation and develop blocks of affordable accommodation suitable to different student needs, including international accommodation and married quarters,” Professor Chandra said.
“The 12th Hall will be of modern design with all the basic amenities to cater for local, regional as well as international students,” he noted.
The new building is expected to have four blocks of twin bedrooms, three blocks of premium single rooms and one block of two-bedroom married quarters.
Professor Chandra explained that there are approximately 400 regional students on the waiting list for accommodation in the Halls at Laucala Campus while there are more than 120 international students staying off campus, in private accommodation although they prefer on-campus accommodation.
Professor Chandra said the approximate cost of constructing the 400 bed accommodation is close of FJD 20millon.
He said this is in line with USP’s Strategic Plan (2013-2018) that aims to promote student support and success.
“The University is committed to the creation of a vibrant intellectual community at its campuses, and on-campus accommodation is a vital part of this,” said Professor Chandra.
The first phase of the project which is the civil earthworks of 1.6 hectares of land has commenced at the site at a cost of $634,000 and is expected to finish early May this year.
The building construction phase of the project will start once the groundworks are done.
The actual design and building construction will take a minimum of 18 months and the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
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