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Aberdeen University Considers Fate of Vacant Student Halls

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A block of catered university accommodation in Aberdeen is lying empty for the first time in decades.

The University of Aberdeen's Crombie Johnston Halls, has provided students their own rooms and catering for the last 50 years. However, the 402-bed block of accommodation is now vacant for the new term.

A spokesman for the university suggested the expansion of the Hillhead Halls of Residence had played a part, consolidating its student accommodation in one location.

The university is now considering its options but hopes the buildings can be refurbished and still used as student flats.

However, Old Aberdeen councillor Alexander McLellan suggested developers may have second thoughts about adding more student accommodation in the city.

He said: "I was surprised to find out that the on-campus halls were closed due to lack of demand for catered accommodation.

"Although, I understand the university has to adapt to the wants of its students.

"This makes me wonder how many more purpose-built student accommodation buildings Aberdeen actually needs."