Tallest student accommodation in the world is built in Brisbane

Student One celebrates its first year, launching the world's tallest student accommodation to domestic and international students

Student One first birthday

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and guests were given their first glimpse of what will become the world’s tallest dedicated student accommodation residence at a celebration for the student accommodation provider’s first birthday.

Student One Wharf Street is a 753-bed, 41-storey Wharf Street tower, due to open in January 2018.

Student One CEO Tim Weston gave guests a sneak peak guided tour of the $120 million, 122-metre tall purpose-built student accommodation facility and announced that bookings would commence from August this year. 

Situated directly opposite the company’s first accommodation residence Student One Adelaide Street launched in July 2016, Student One Wharf Street will bring the total number of available beds offered by Student One to almost 1,500.

“When we welcome our first residents to Student One Wharf Street in January, they’ll have the unique privilege of being the first to live in the world’s tallest purpose-built student accommodation, surpassing the current record set by a student accommodation building located in Manchester in the United Kingdom,” Mr Weston said.

 “We then partnered with some of Australia’s best designers and architects to create a unique student living experience that would exceed the expectations of visiting students, so they could then return to their homelands and share their stories of a world-class education experience,” he said. 

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said international education was Brisbane’s largest export, contributing nearly $4 billion to the city’s economy each year and supporting 20,000 local jobs. 

“With 75,000 international students and 114,000 domestic students in Brisbane, the 1,500 student beds provided by Student One, together with these world-class facilities and on-site management, will be in high demand,” Cr Quirk said. 

“These projects are examples of the success of Council’s student accommodation incentive, which has attracted purpose-built accommodation for an additional 13,000 students in Brisbane.” 

Student One

Designed by Arkhefield Architects and now being constructed by Hutchinson Builders, Student One Wharf Street will provide student residents with sweeping views of the city centre in a range of fully air-conditioned single studios, double studios and multi-share apartments, each room with large windows allowing for natural light that can also be opened to allow for fresh air. 

A ground level 24-hour reception will lead up to a three-level canyon style lobby, connecting the lower levels of the building, which will also be home to four retail tenancies focussed on complementing the student amenity. 

A roof-top recreation area and function space will have a capacity for 200 guests to enjoy Brisbane’s city views, as well as enjoy major events such as River Fire. 

On the 21st floor, a dedicated education facility will feature music rooms, private study spaces and communal learning areas.

The fourth floor podium level recreation area will include a heated swimming pool, outdoor theatre, BBQ area and games deck, as well as a gymnasium that is 50% larger than Student One’s Adelaide Street residence. 

“We know that students consider a range of factors, such as proximity to their place of study, transport infrastructure and support services, when deciding on where to live while studying. 

In student accommodation, they are looking for socially vibrant, inclusive and safe environments equipped with the latest technology and high-quality amenities, and that is essentially what Student One offers,” Mr Weston said. 

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