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NMIT opens first on-campus student residence

25 Mar 2013

The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) has welcomed new residents to Yarra House, the Institute's first on-campus student accommodation facility.

Located on the Fairfield campus in a recently refurbished heritage building, Yarra House now caters for a diverse community of 149 residents.

“There was a demonstrated need for high quality, conveniently located on-campus accommodation for NMIT students,” says Anne Bambrook, NMIT's Director of Client Services.

“Providing students with a place to live is one thing. We also wanted to offer an exciting community where residents can enjoy the complete living and learning experience,” she says.

To achieve this, NMIT enlisted the services of student accommodation specialist, Campus Living Villages (CLV). As the world's largest student accommodation provider, CLV offers years of expertise managing accommodation across Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“This partnership allows NMIT to focus on delivering quality academic programs with the confidence that our students can enjoy a secure, supportive and exciting residential community during their time at NMIT,” Ms Bambrook says.

Manager of Yarra House, Siobhan Russell, says, “Our unique residential life program is designed to help students live, learn and grow with plenty of social events, academic support and opportunities to develop essential life skills.

“By providing opportunities for residents to fully experience campus life, we aim to help create memorable experiences, support success and assist in the transition from dependence to independence.

“We also offer a 24 hour on-site presence with staff, security or resident assistants available to provide assistance whenever necessary,” she says.

Yarra House resident, Katia Zoubkova, says, “The management team has organised some fantastic events so far, which have helped me meet plenty of new people. I only moved in 4 weeks ago and already I've met a solid group of friends I feel like I've known forever.”

Following a $11m refurbishment by NMIT, Yarra House now offers students a stylish choice of single, deluxe single and twin share rooms, some with ensuite bathrooms. Facilities include a games room, student lounge, shared cooking facilities, free on-site parking, BBQ zone, laundry and a choice of meal packages.

CLV currently owns, operates or is in the process of developing approximately 43,000 beds, working with about 50 tertiary institutions worldwide.

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Media contacts

Brigitte Murray
Director of Marketing
Campus Living Villages
t. +61 402 042 825

Jude Whelan
Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications
Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
t. +61 419 541 610

About Campus Living Villages

Campus Living Villages (CLV) is a Sydney-based student accommodation specialist with operations in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

As the largest provider of on-campus student accommodation in the world, CLV has an established international track record providing exciting, supportive residential environments designed to enhance the campus experience. CLV specialises in working with higher education providers to deliver accommodation solutions tailored to the needs of its partners and their students.

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.