Darlington terraces rebuild for affordable student housing

The NSW Government has given the green light for a $40 million project to refurbish university-owned terraces in inner-city Darlington to provide more safe and affordable accommodation for students

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the approval of the terraces on Darlington Road, which are owned by the University of Sydney, will provide affordable single and double room accommodation for 336 students and visiting academics.

“Darlington Terraces will be renovated and four new buildings built providing new and improved student housing in the heart of the inner-city and within minutes of public transport,” Mr Stokes said.

“This $40 million transformation will also create 95 much-needed construction jobs during this crucial time, with works to begin immediately.

“While COVID-19 may have halted the flow of international students to our city, our borders will reopen at some stage. University accommodation is also widely used by students from regional NSW and other states so it’s important we continue planning for our future.”

Professor Stephen Garton,Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, welcomed the approval.

“We know how important it is for students to have access to affordable housing on or near campus and so I thank the Planning Minister for this terrific news,” Professor Garton said.

“The cost of housing in Sydney can be prohibitive which is why we have worked so hard with the NSW Government to provide a range of affordable housing options for our community.

“What is especially pleasing about this project are the broader benefits for the local area including new landscaping, park upgrades and public art.”

The proposal involves the refurbishment of Darlington Road terraces which currently houses 151 students. Four new buildings, between two and four storeys, will be built behind the terraces.

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