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UTas purchases CBD hotel

The University of Tasmania has purchased the Midcity Hotel, located in Hobart’s CBD, which will be refurbished to provide additional student accommodation amid Hobart’s housing crisis.

Midcity Hotel, on the corner of Bathurst Street and Elizabeth Street, will house 170 students when the refurbishment work is complete.

There will be 140 beds available in time for Semester 2 this year.

UTas Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, says the university is aware of the current housing shortage in Hobart and is working on short and medium term solutions.

“We are committed to providing the infrastructure and the services to support our students while they study with us,” he said.

Earlier this year, Professor Black said that up to 200 UTas students were living in substandard accommodation.

In March, the university announced it would build a new 430-bed apartment complex in Melville Street, adjacent to similar apartments that opened in early 2017.

Today’s announcement brings the total number of UTas beds committed in Hobart’s CBD to over 1000.

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