WA’s first student tower mover — a joint venture between developer Stirling Capital and global student accommodation manager GSA — has opened its display apartment to entice recruits in time for the start of the academic year in February.
The Boulevard, a 23-level, 571-bed student tower has fully self-contained studios and shared apartments with communal study areas, a 15m heated pool, gym, library and expansive rooftop event space with a cinema.
It will have a 24/7 service team, secure bike storage and high-speed broadband and wi-fi.
The tower, across Stirling Street from rival Campus Perth, a DevWest, Gaw Capital, GCP Hospitality venture, will have its final level built next month.
It has been designed as a co-living community near Perth’s cultural centre and Stirling Capital managing director Luke Reinecke said the vision was to deliver a “world-class student living experience”.
“Quality student accommodation is essential to putting Perth on the map as an affordable and accessible education destination,” Mr Reinecke said. “GSA’s track record and global expertise will make The Boulevard the pick of the bunch.”
Australia has established itself as the third destination for a globally mobile student population of four million but Perth’s share of this market has dwindled, partly because its universities are not in the city centre and partly because, until now, there has been no centrally located student accommodation, forcing students to rent privately or live in on-campus accommodation.
StudyPerth reports there are 56,000 international students from 140 countries studying in Perth. International education generates 10,000 jobs and contributes $1.35 billion a year to WA’s economy.
International education experts are confident that with the right accommodation and tourism support WA, which is in the same time zone as most of South East Asia, is in a strong position to increase its lucrative international education share.
GSA head of commercial operations for Australia and China Craig Oliver said students needed more than somewhere to sleep.
“They need communities, interaction, safety and security,” Mr Oliver said.
“We have a major opportunity to enhance student life for those seeking education in one of Australia’s most desirable cities.”
The Boulevard rents will include all utilities with services and space designed for students with extensive fridge space for those sharing and large desk areas for laptops and music equipment.