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UCA submits planning application for new Farnham student accommodation

Formal plans for new state-of-the-art student accommodation at our Farnham Campus have been submitted to Waverly Borough Council.

The submission follows a period of public consultation, in which more than 220 visitors attended UCA Farnham to review the proposals and offer feedback. The University is planning to provide 252 state-of-the-art bedrooms, as well as new communal spaces, to maintain and enhance its student experience. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UCA Alan Cooke said: “We would like to thank members of the public who came to review our plans and offer their feedback. We were delighted to see so many visitors attend the public events, and were encouraged to have so much support and positive feedback.

“Over the last few weeks, we have carefully considered all of the comments we received relating to the new student accommodation and look forward to continuing to work closely with the Farnham community and Waverley Borough Council on the next phase of the project.”

This year, UCA is celebrating 150 years of providing creative education in Surrey and Kent. UCA is the leading specialist university for the creative industries in the Guardian University Guide 2018, and was named a top 30 UK university in the THE Table of Tables 2018.

Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, said: “UCA is incredibly proud to have been part of the Farnham community for the past 150 years, during which time both the University and the town have experienced many changes, including the growth and development of their strong creative reputations.

“Enhancing UCA’s facilities plays an important role in maintaining our reputation as the leading university for the creative industries, and in continuing to attract talented students and staff to both UCA and the Farnham community.”

UCA welcomes the community’s views on its final proposed plans which are now open for public comment through the Waverly Borough Council’s planning portal.

More information on the project is also available at