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Plans for £17m luxury student accommodation development in Exeter are recommended for approval

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 10, 2014


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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.

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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.

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  • acvcjv  |  January 12 2014, 12:47PM

    Do we really need yet more student accommodation in Exeter, we are already over-run with it. What about affordable accommodation for local people born and bred here in this city or do they not count with this lousy rotten council that we have, wake up councillors and look after locals first.

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  • exerated  |  January 11 2014, 12:01PM

    That's right, more poxy student accommodation that's not needed, what about building for residents of Exeter so they have somewhere to live......

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