Carlaw Park Student Village – Stage Three – Stanley Street
Carlaw Park Student Village has been built on former sporting stadium grounds and was first conceived 20 years ago.
The complex has 416 three-to-six-bedroom apartments and can accommodate over 1600 residents – with the opening of the new ten storey 28,000m² third stage building on Stanley Street, the largest of its kind in the country, adding 907 rooms.
In addition to the third stage building, the Village extends the University’s campus by 52,000m².
The facility was inspired by US college accommodation and is built around a large central courtyard which can accommodate recreational activities ranging from volleyball to BBQs.
Extensive consultation with students has also seen the incorporation of new design elements including cinema rooms, gaming areas, retail, communal kitchens, music rooms, e-bike storage, study and artistic spaces.
Acoustic sound proofing is designed to create an urban oasis, despite being in close proximity to a motorway entrance.
University of Auckland research suggests the accommodation model, which incorporates apartment rental, utilities, internet and gym membership into one fixed cost, is around 17% cheaper for students than living in a private flat off campus.
The analysis shows these aggregated annual savings across the 907 students housed in the largest of the three buildings equate to $4.4 million.
Self-contained apartment model common overseas
Adrienne Cleland, deputy vice-chancellor and registrar of the University of Auckland, says the self-contained apartment model is common in tertiary institutions overseas, particularly USA, UK and Australia, however in New Zealand it's more likely to see a higher proportion of traditional student halls of residences.
She says there is significant local demand for on-campus accommodation and the university had 8500 applications last year for around 4500 beds available in their facilities.
“In New Zealand, students living on campus will typically go into a catered hall-style accommodation in their first year.
“After that they tend to migrate to private flatting as often the local infrastructure is not sufficient to support the higher volume of students needing accommodation during the term.