Plans for a £17m luxury student accommodation development in Exeter are being recommended for approval.
Portland House, at the junction of Longbrook Street and New North Road, is being refurbished by Vita Student, which said it chose the city because of the reputation of the university, rising student numbers and the undersupply of high quality property.
The former office building will be converted into 162 luxury studios and two-bedroom apartments, ready for students to move into during September 2014.
Included in the plans are a cafe/restaurant and associated disabled and cycle parking.
Vita Student was founded in 2012 by luxury developer Vita Ventures, which has been targeting Russell Group university cities across the UK.
The accommodation will feature fitted kitchens, en-suite bathrooms and a space-saving foldable double bed with integrated sofa. The apartments also include free high-speed 100MB broadband, Wi-Fi and a flat screen smart TV.
Student numbers at Exeter have grown to more than 19,000, with around a quarter coming from overseas.