Student Accommodation

Administrative / Biographical History

As an institution largely catering for local people, the provision of student accommodation was not necessary in the early years of the Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology. Students who needed somewhere to live were housed with private landladies or in hostels. The rapid expansion of student numbers with the formation of Leicester Polytechnic caused an accommodation crisis. Many students were forced to camp out in halls or live with academic staff until lodgings could be found. In light of these problems the Polytechnic began to invest in student accommodation, including purchasing houses for conversion and constructing accommodation blocks. The first purpose designed Hall of Residence was William Rowlett Hall (1970), situated behind the Fletcher Building overlooking the river Soar. The second was Lawrence Kershaw Hall (1972), at the south end of Mill Lane. More recently New Wharf Hall (1995) and Bede Hall (1998) were constructed, while DMU maintains relationships with commercial providers of accommodation that give special arrangements to DMU students.