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Leicester Student Accommodation to Close

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The University of Leicester will shut down Mary Gee Houses in Ratcliffe Road and reinvest the proceeds back into higher education at the institution.

The University said it will close the student homes, which will enable it to focus on other locations in Oadby and Freemen's Common.

The accommodation was built in phases during 1971 and 1972 and are named after the second wife of Percy Gee, a founding member of the Leicester University College.

A statement released by the University of Leicester said: "Mary Gee has been the home for thousands of students from across the world for generations and we are sad to see it go."

"However, by concentrating facilities at two locations with larger student populations we can improve student experience and offer a more diverse range of room types and rents. The University is investing heavily in its estate - last year we announced a transformative £500 million programme of investment that will improve student and academic facilities as well as public spaces over the next decade."

"We aim to use proceeds from the sale of the Mary Gee site to reinvest in higher education for the benefit of current and future learners, staff and the wider community that we welcome onto our campus."

Bosses at the university said they are investing in the student experience, with changes due to take place over the next decade.

The plans aim to create new teaching facilities, improved student accommodation and better public access.