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Student Roost opens the doors to its first Brighton accommodation

A light airy lobby, with comfy sofas, coffee tables, reception desk and open stairs to a mezzanine area.

Leading accommodation provider Student Roost has unveiled its first ever property in Brighton.

Hillfort House, which has rooms for 380 students, is ideally placed for universities in the city of Brighton & Hove. It’s situated on Moulsecoomb Way, a short walk from the University of Sussex’s Moulsecoomb campus and close to local transport links for students at the University of Brighton.

The stylish brick building opened last month, with the first students moving in on 16 July. It was developed by McLaren Property as part of a land assembly that replaced a waste transfer facility with high-quality student homes.

A large 5 storey pale brick building with large windows. There is a Student Roost sign on the outside.
Hillfort House

Hillfort House offers a range of hi-spec en-suite rooms in cluster flats, as well as private studios. In addition to a free-of-charge gym, the communal facilities include a comfortable and spacious student lounge, TV and gaming room and study space.

Spacious gym with equipment, weights, balls and large windows.
The gym at Hillfort House

The property even has a hosting kitchen/diner, which can be booked by students for that perfect dinner party or celebration. In other Student Roost properties, these kitchens have been used for collaborations with local businesses to run free cooking classes for residents.

The hosting kitchen at Hillfort House - including an oven, microwave, sink and cupboards with stylish brown herringbone narrow metro tiles. There are several tables and large windows letting lots of light in.
The Hosting Kitchen at Hillfort House

Students living at Hillfort House also won’t have to face rising energy or broadband prices this winter, because all bills are included in rent.

Hillfort House has also been built with high environmental standards considered from the start. The property has been independently rated as BREEAM Excellent. The building includes photovoltaic panels, cycle storage facilities, chalk grassland green roofs, and motion-controlled lighting sensors. It also has charging points for electric vehicles, although most residents are encouraged to use the convenient and efficient local transport networks, like the nearby Moulsecoomb train station.

A cluster flat bedroom with a bed, wardrobe and desk. There is yellow and grey bedding and cushions, which coordinate with the wardrobe and desk pinboard.
One of the cluster flat bedrooms at Hillfort House

Hillfort House marks Student Roost’s first property in Brighton, but the Birmingham-based company is the third largest student accommodation provider in the UK. It runs 58 properties across the UK, including Roosts in London, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Bath. 23,000 students across the UK calling Student Roost their home during university.

Hillfort House is one of four brand new Student Roost properties to open in 2022/23. Ahead of this coming academic year, the company will also be opening new properties in Nottingham, York and its first co-living development in Bristol. It will also be adding a further 680 beds to The Oaks, which is in Coventry, near to the University of Warwick.

Nathan Goddard, CEO at Student Roost, said:

“We were delighted to welcome our first residents at Hillfort House last month. The building looks absolutely stunning, and we’ve already been getting some wonderful feedback from residents.

“Hillfort House has been designed with the students of Brighton in mind, with outstanding facilities and comfortable rooms and studios.

“While we’re an experienced and trusted provider, this is a new market for us. We’re grateful to our partners at McLaren Property and HG Construction who’ve helped us create the most amazing new home for 380 students.”

David Atherton, Development Director at McLaren Property, commented:

“We are delighted to successfully hand over this exciting new development to our partners at Student Roost.

“We thank the design teams involved, including the team at HG Construction who have helped deliver on the original vision of high-quality student homes, flexible employment space and a new, fit for purpose community facility for the people of Moulsecoomb. It’s fantastic to see this development come to fruition and play its part in contributing positively to the local economy.”

More information on Hillfort House is available here:

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