Our new student accommodation is on target to open in time for the new term. Incoming students are excited at the prospect of being their first residents and are already meeting their hallmates on our Facebook site.

384 en-suite student rooms have been built in six separate blocks to the east of the on-campus sports centre.

The eco-friendly halls of residence will boast ultra-modern high-quality bed spaces, which will be some of the best in the sector, offering a range of facilities for students to enjoy a safe and secure living environment during their studies.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Steve Igoe who is leading the project, said: “For those moving away from home for the first time, many want the security and ready-made social life of halls of residence. The on-campus bed spaces are always in popular demand so I’m delighted that we’re able to build additional accommodation in time for the influx of new students. This is a remarkable achievement, given the challenges presented by the wet conditions in April but our contractors are working round the clock to ensure the bed spaces are ready for the new term in September.

“This project will see the commencement of the development of the eastern campus with this phase providing space for new student learning and living facilities. The University has ambitious plans to continue to invest in its student centred teaching and learning facilities and we  believe that further investment is vital to sustain our attractiveness to prospective students albeit that the University is already recognised as having a campus that truly matches, in both quality and scale, the very best in the United Kingdom.”

This work is part of the University’s exciting £55 million plans to develop the campus. A new £15 million sports centre with an array of grass and all-weather sports facilities on the land beyond the University’s leisure centre is also in the pipeline, as well as a new entrance, access road and further parking.

Investing in the campus remains an important priority for Edge Hill University. The last year has seen the opening of the £13.5m Student Hub, the latest and most striking addition to Edge Hill’s award-winning campus, providing an innovative learning and social space for students.

Further development plans for this year include the £2 million creation of a new Arts Centre, housing the Rose Theatre, Performing Arts department and many exciting performance spaces. This includes a new café and social area wrapped around the existing building in an atrium-style extension, overlooking the Ormskirk Campus Rock Garden.