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Astor College wins University Halls of Residence of the Year

18 December 2019

Astor College scooped the award for University Halls of Residence of the Year at the 2019 Property Week Student Accommodation Awards held in London.

Property Week Student Accommodation Awards

The Student Accommodation Awards recognises creativity and innovation in student accommodation and celebrates the achievements of those working within the sector; providing high quality student accommodation and experiences.

Astor College, the newly refurbished Hall which re-opened to students in September 2019, is a flagship project for UCL. Students have been heavily involved in the project from the start, to ensure future residents will find it a great place to study, live and relax. The project also includes some of the latest sustainable technologies that help reduce carbon emissions by 50%. 

This award is testimony to the vanguard approach UCL has taken to student experience. We would also like to thank everyone involved with the project for their contributions. 

Property Week Student Accommodation Awards

Zoltan Kalmar, former UCL student and Student Experience Officer at UCL Accommodation, said,

I am delighted that Astor College has won this award. Coming to university is a big step forward in a student’s life, and to ease any challenges that come with this change, we as students wanted to make sure that Astor College would be a place students can call home. From 24/7 support to bed sizes to communal areas, students have heavily influenced all aspects of the Hall. 


Carol Paige, Democracy, Operations and Community Officer, Students’ Union UCL, commented with her thoughts on the project,

Students’ Union UCL is working with the university to ensure new accommodation such as Astor College is not just fit for purpose but also affordable for students coming to UCL. The Astor College project is testimony to what can be achieved when a university works in partnership with its students.


On receiving the award, Duncan Palmer, Director of Campus & Accommodation Services, said,

A successful halls of residence is not just about the physical asset, but the community that it can create.  Listening to the experts – our students, we have together achieved something that is both ground breaking and exceptional. Big thank you to all involved. 

Property Week Student Accommodation Awards