The Student Residences Project will create quality, affordable housing and support to help deliver an outstanding experience for students.

The proposed student residential precinct will accommodate well-designed, purpose-built student accommodation, located on the corner of Hood and Walcott streets at the St Lucia campus .

The new on-campus living at UQ will increase the choice of accommodation to suit different types of students and encourage the development of an inclusive community of student residents. In recent years, other Go8 universities have actively pursued a strategy to increase the number of beds on, or in close proximity to, their campuses, and to create an offering that is more attractive to a greater diversity of students.

A UQ owned and operated student accommodation precinct would drive student learning, retention and recruitment outcomes, and position the university alongside other Go8 universities in providing on-campus accommodation to the mobile student population. The proposed precinct currently has 14 residential floors which house 602 beds, with the remaining two levels used for communal activities. Through proposed additional retail offerings, the UQ Student Residential Precinct and residents of the surrounding colleges would create a diverse and thriving community hub.


The project team is working on a final business case to present to the University Senate for approval in early December. If approved, the Senate will then commit to the construction. Development would begin in early January 2020.

Project team

Student Residence Project Steering Committee

UQ Role Name
Chief Operating Officer Greg Pringle
Director, Central Accommodation Unit Fabby Ernesta
DVC Academic Joanne Wright
DVC External Engagement Rongyu Li
Chief Financial Officer Andrew Flannery
Director, Strategic Program Office Jacques Liebenberg
Senior Program Manager, Strategic Program Office Leah Kelly
Director, Property and Facilities Steve Dickson