Boom Time for Cardiff Student Accommodation

The UK’s Economic forecasts might be bleak but it looks like a great time ahead for students living in Cardiff.

The latest proposal to go before Cardiff Council’s planning committee this week is for a four-storey student accommodation complex with 279 bedrooms to be built on a plot of vacant land on Oxford Street in Roath.

Described as upmarket student accommodation aimed at international and postgraduate students, the complex has features that would not be out of place in one of Cardiff Bay’s luxury developments arranged around a courtyard with residential blocks on the outside and a central amenity area, reception area and café.

The site shows off its Green credentials with parking spaces for only 14 cars but 142 bicycles. Planning officers say the site is a “highly accessible location” by foot, bike, bus and train, and students living on the site would not need to own a car to travel to university.

The developer’s report seeks to allay local residents worries of increased noise, and alcohol related anti-social behaviour, pointing out that the main entrance to the complex is well away from any existing homes. Advice on community and being good neighbours is also available to students. Developers are committed to contributions of over £250,000 to develop community facilities and open spaces.

Other student accommodation developments awaiting approval or recently approved include a 348-bed tower at Mynachdy and St Andrews Lane, a 250-bed scheme on City Road, and a 79-bedroom student accommodation building, with 200 square metres of retail space, at 23-24 Park Place.

14 August 2012


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