Building the Residential Experience at ANU
ANU has long believed that the fact that a relatively high proportion of its students live on campus has distinct educational and developmental advantages. One of the ways ANU distinguishes itself from other universities in Australia is its capacity to offer a unique residential experience to a large number of its students.
When we talk to our residential students and alumni, most see living on campus as an important part of their ANU experience. They talk about the life-long friends they made, the memorable late night study sessions, the ease of access to amenities, and how living on campus improved their educational experience.
Enhancing the quality and affordability of our accommodation whilst also expanding the amount of accommodation available to students is a key priority for the University.
At present, ANU has approximately 5,000 beds of accommodation on campus with little to no extra rooms available once semester commences. In 2015, it was estimated that more than 1,500 students who wanted to stay on campus were unable to do so. The University recently announced the development of a new Residential Hall which will have 500 beds of accommodation, and while this will provide some relief, there will still be an accommodation shortfall.
How ANU meets the accommodation needs of our current and future students is an important consideration for the University. As Vice-Chancellor I am keenly interested in hearing your views.
What does the future of accommodation look like at ANU? What will our future students want as part of their residential experience? How many students should have access to living on campus? What style and mix of accommodation is important – traditional halls or self-catered apartments? Should we refurbish accommodation or build new residences? What matters most to you in your residential experience?
Over the next few weeks I will be speaking with students and alumni about this subject and notes from these discussion forums will be posted below.
VC’s update, 20 November 2015
Notes from the sessions
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