New $3.5m student digs remove Queenstown study deterrent’

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A $3.5 million student accommodation complex attached to Queenstown’s Southern Institute of Technology was officially opened today (Friday). 

Deputy Prime Minister and local MP Bill English, accompanied by Invercargill MP Eric Roy, cut the ribbon. 

The complex, opposite the SIT campus at Remarkables Park, houses 54 beds in nine units, each with three furnished double rooms, an ensuite off each bedroom, kitchen facilities, washing machine and dryer. 

SIT chief executive Penny Simmonds says the lack of comfortable and affordable accommodation is the biggest deterrent to students to study in Queenstown. 

“Our new apartments now overcome this barrier and we can already see the benefits this brings to our students and the wider community in Queenstown.” 

Simmonds says SIT decided to build the complex to support the increased influx of student coming to its Queenstown campus. 

“Our international partners know of Queenstown, so this makes it the ideal location for international students, especially those that are seeking a career in hospitality and hotel management.”