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19th Nov 2018
Purpose-built colleges will provide accommodation for students attending Hereford's new university, due to open in September 2019.
The New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE) is due to welcome its first batch of 300 students at its city centre campus in Hereford in September 2019.
The scheme recently received £8 million in funding from the government and leaders are secure in the knowledge that additional funding is coming.
Students attending the new university will be required to live in colleges for the entirety of their course, rather than renting from the private housing sector.
Commenting on the accommodation, Karen Usher, co-project leader, said: "All will be purpose-built at this point to ensure that they will meet the standards of students and their parents.
"There are one or two existing buildings that could possibly house accommodation, but we are looking to build in colleges of 350 beds, so there are not many buildings that are big enough to convert."
The decision to build their own purpose-built accommodation was based on the limited rental space in the Hereford city area. It's also believed parents prefer university provided housing, as it's easier to find, monitor and is usually safer.
With an already crowded rental market in the area, Karen did suggest they would welcome approaches from anyone interested in investing approved NMiTE student accommodation.
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