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More student housing in Hasselt

Hasselt is a booming town with high demand for student housing.  (Image supplied by Xior)
Hasselt is a booming town with high demand for student housing. (Image supplied by Xior)

There is further activity in the emerging ‘student housing’ asset class. Domain specialist Xior Student Housing has announced the development of a project of at least 157 student rooms (and at least 10 floors) on the PXL campus in Hasselt. The definitive number of rooms will be determined on completion of the revised permit, which is currently underway. The residence will include a mix of separate and shared rooms, plus the necessary common areas.

The new building will meet the strict EPB standards, including a compact heating/cooling system that supplies sustainable energy for the building's heating and air conditioning as well as by selecting the very sustainable CD20 modular prefab system that was also used for the construction of Xior’s Woudestein residence in Rotterdam. This system offers a very quick and clean construction, avoids waste of materials and can also be fully dismantled and re-used.

This new-build student tower block is strategically located in Hasselt, on the campus of the PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts. It is located within walking or cycling distance of the city centre, the University of Hasselt and is only 2 km from the train station. Completion and commissioning are scheduled for mid-November 2020.

Hasselt represents a seventh city within the Belgian portfolio of Xior. It is home to around 22,000 students (including 2,000 international students) and has a high existing demand for high-quality student housing.

The development of this new student residence forms part of a broader master plan within which the PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts campus is located and which will serve to respond to changes in the higher education landscape and to meet the future needs and growth of PXL and its students. Against this background, Xior is looking at a long-term, constructive collaboration with the PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Tim Harrup
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