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Over 200 university students to be put up in temporary accomodation

Artists impression of the new Kooloonong residential apartments at Wollongong University.

Artists impression of the new Kooloonong residential apartments at Wollongong University.

MORE than 200 of the 1500 students beginning their university experience in Wollongong during February will be forced into temporary accomodation because of delays in completing the showpeice Kooloobong Village at Keiraville.

The 200 or so students that have applied for the new rooms at the University of Wollongong’s Kooloobong Village, located in the Mount Keira foothills, will be placed in temporary accomodation at Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort at Towradgi, Flinders Motel, Crown Street Wollongong, and Comfort Inn Primbee until late March.

The students will have access to the facilities at the sites, and where required, transport will be provided for students to travel to and from the university, UOW student residence Manager Alison Hemsley said.

“Students will then transition over to their new units at Kooloobong Village in late March,” she said.

“During this transition students will be supported by on site student leaders who are highly trained and skilled in making sure students are adapting well to living away from home and have access to 24/7 support.”

Due to building delays, the development – originally scheduled for completion before February – will not be available for students to move-in until late March. Adding 360 self-catered beds to its community, the new development will bring the Kooloobong Village residence population to 550.

The new building, located next to the existing Kooloobong buildings will feature fully independent studio and four bedroom apartments, with indoor/outdoor barbeque facilities, landscaped outdoor communal areas, recreation areas and meeting facilities.

As Kooloobong Village physically expands in 2013 it is planned to become UOW’s world first positive residence – a residence planned and run entirely based on the science of positive psychology and positive organisations.  The vision of having every student flourishing while living at UOW is firmly supported by the combination of wellbeing and education.

“We are really excited about this because we will be able to provide a positive experience to many students who may not necessarily have been able to secure a room in a student residence due to the high demand,” Ms Hemsley said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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