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Coventry Universities to Spend £179m on New Accommodation

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Both of Coventry's universities have pledged to invest a combined £179 million to develop accommodation for thousands of students as numbers increase in the city.

The University of Warwick is set to invest £90m in student accommodation over the next four years, while Coventry University will spend £89m over the same period.

The decision to invest heavily in student accommodation has been taken to keep up with the rapid growth in student numbers expected in the city.

Reports suggest there are already 50,000 students based in the city, and rising, but only 4,000 purpose built rooms.

Head of communications for the University of Warwick, Peter Dunn, said: "We have no significant plans for expansion of our student numbers, however we do plan to accommodate for any overshoots in student recruitment due to our popularity, at a rate of around 200 or so students a year.

"We are spending £90m on new campus accommodation and the first 267 places will be ready by October 2017".

Mr Dunn indicated the university has 6,529 students on campus out of 24,000 enrolled on courses.

A similar stance has been taken by Coventry University, which is also looking to increase its student accommodation provision. Work is already underway at the Bishop Gate development, which will provide beds for more than 1,800 students once complete.