Students forge new village life

Accomodation Manager, Ruth Langley with members of her team, Louise Boak and Mike Norris outside the new U- Student Village at The Forge which will be opening for the new academic year.
Accomodation Manager, Ruth Langley with members of her team, Louise Boak and Mike Norris outside the new U- Student Village at The Forge which will be opening for the new academic year.
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A STUDENT village is set to be fully opened to 550 students with the completion of a £12million accommodation centre.

The first phase of The Forge U-Student Village, in Pallion, opened last year, but the second phase is now completed.

A number of rooms at the village, which is the North East’s first eco-friendly student accommodation, are still available for those starting at the University of Sunderland in September.

Louise Boak, a member of The Forge management team, said: “We have had a lot of positive feedback – students like the idea of the village life.”

As well as secure and energy-efficient accommodation in two blocks – Marr House and Jobling House – The Forge also has a bar, shop and social space, The Meeting Place, where young people can meet, eat, drink and relax.

Other facilities include a laundry, cash machine, common room with computers, free WiFi in all flats, parking and bike storage. The village is protected by security gates.

Student Tom Barker, 22, said: “The place looks great and is the kind of thing you want close to the city centre.”

To celebrate the full opening and to welcome freshers and returning students, there will be holding two weeks of events including DJs, bands and a beach party.

Accommodation costs £82 a week, which includes bills, kitchen utensils, power shower and under floor heating.

l Anyone interested in finding out more about the accommodation can visit www.u-student.com

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