Then and Now: Student accommodation at Frenchay

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Love lost and found, riotous parties, beans on toast, late night cramming before deadlines. So many experiences big and small have unfolded on Frenchay’s student accommodation over the years.

A huge part of a student’s university life is the accommodation. Whether you chose to live on campus or not you will likely have been a visitor to these buildings. Throughout the decades both the exterior and interior of these spaces have changed vastly. Let’s take a look back.

Ashley Village to Student Village

Ashley Village in 1975

Ashley Village in 1975

When Frenchay was first built in 1975, the accommodation was known as Ashley Village. It held 252 students, seven per house, in 36 separate structures. Accommodation at Ashley village cost around £10.20 per week in 1979 and £42 by 1994.

30 years later in 2005,  work began on a new £80 million student accommodation, Student Village. Rather than lots of little houses, Student Village consists of  four high-rise blocks, Brecon, Cotswold, Mendip and Quantock. Within each are flats for six students to share.  

Aerial view of Ashley Village in the 1980’s

Ashley Village in 1980
Student Village in 2005
Aerial view of the new Student Village 2014

Also added was Wallscourt Park, it currently provides both townhouses and flats with shared shower room facilities, en-suite flats, and studios available.

Wallscourt Park

A look inside the flats

Shared Ashley Village kitchen in 1980
Shared Ashley Village kitchen in 1983
A shared kitchen in Student Village 2010’s

In Ashley Village, each flat had a shared kitchen, dormitory style bedrooms and shared bathrooms. Now each room in Student Village has an en-suite bathroom (with the option of a superior en-suite) as well as a communal lounge area attached to the kitchen.

Ashley Village study bedroom late 70s
Student bedroom in Ashley Village 1995
Student bedroom in Student Village 2018

Carroll Court

Carroll Court study bedroom, 1993

Built in the 1980’s, Carroll Court was  added as a second Student Village. It had 50 houses with six bedrooms each as well as a communal kitchen and living space.  

Carroll Court in the 2010’s

 In 2021 the houses of Carroll Court were demolished to make way for three, six-story accommodation blocks that will house still more students. The last students to ever live in the beloved accommodation created a video detailing their rather unusual last day.

The demolition of Carroll Court in 2021

Looking to the future

Work for the new accommodation is expected to be completed in 2023. It will be one of the largest low-carbon certified developments of its kind anywhere in the world.

Plans for the new accommodation on Frenchay Campus

To help address issues of climate change and sustainability it is being built to the highest sustainability standard of ‘Passivhaus’. A first for the university sector in the UK. The buildings will yield a 54% reduction in running costs and carbon emissions compared with a typical ‘good practice’ building.

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