New student accommodation build

UWE Bristol is building more top-class accommodation on Frenchay Campus for an additional 2,250 students, with the first 900 rooms available from September 2023. 

Modern, low-carbon design

The exciting new development will help to meet the high demand from our students for high-quality Frenchay Campus living and ensure the University meets our target of on-campus accommodation for all first-year students.

The design of the new accommodation is both modern and vibrant and demonstrates our commitment to help address issues of climate change and sustainability by being built to the highest sustainability standard of Passivhaus.

Computer-rendered drawing of the new Frenchay Campus accommodation.

High-quality living

As one of the largest low-carbon certified developments of its kind anywhere in the world, it is also a first for the university sector in the UK. Once complete, the buildings will yield a 54% reduction in running costs and carbon emissions compared with a typical ‘good practice’ building.

A computer render of the new student accommodation on Frenchay Campus.

Phase one - redeveloping Carroll Court

To be built in two phases, phase one will see the 900-bedroom Stride Treglown designed buildings built on the site of the much loved, but end-of-life, Carrol Court student houses. 

Works began in July 2021 with Penny’s Group demolishing the Carrol Court complex and preparing the site for the main contractor, Vinci Construction, to begin preliminary works as of November 2021. 

The forthcoming Vinci Construction time-lapse animation will show the construction phases of the project, highlighting its enormity in both scope and size.

Martin Boddy, Pro-Vice Chancellor of UWE Bristol and overall project lead, has described the new accommodation as a “path-breaking project which will set new standards for sustainable development at-scale and provide accommodation and social facilities of the highest standard for our students”.

Phase two - redeveloping car parks 1, 2 and 3

Phase two of the project is planned to be built on land currently occupied by carparks 1, 2 and 3, with new parking provision being made available elsewhere on campus. The 1350 rooms that will comprise phase two are expected to be available one to two years after the completion of phase one.