New student accommodation for Moray College UHI

NEW STUDENTS CONSIDERING attending Moray College UHI will now be able to access new state of the art student accommodation this summer.

The result of redevelopment on the site of the former Bishopmill House there will be 40 en-suite bedrooms with students having the option of a single room or a modern studio room with cooking facilities.

Due to be opened by the middle of August, the new ‘Laich Rise’ development has been named in recognition of its position overlooking the Laich of Moray – a rich historical area currently being reflected through the work of the Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere project.

The development is part of a wider project managed by the University of the Highlands and Islands in partnership with developers Cityheart – the partnership has already seen accommodation built on the site of Inverness College UHI and West Highland College UHI.

Along with Moray, North Highland College UHI will also be recipients of new accommodation due to open in Dornoch this Summer.

Moray College UHI Principal David Patterson said: “Moray College UHI has enrolled record numbers of Higher Education students in the past couple of years and this new student accommodation will enable us to attract more students from outwith the region, and internationally.

“It will help us towards our ambition that Elgin will be seen both as an historic cathedral city and as a vibrant modern university town.”
James Johnston is the Vice-Chair of the Moray Economic Partnership (MEP). He said: “This is a very welcome initiative to provide student accommodation in Elgin.

“Encouraging young people to both stay in Moray, or to be attracted to the Region is a central aim of the MEP. Hopefully once here, the students will come to love the area, putting down roots whilst most importantly having the opportunity to develop fulfilling careers.

“The MEP is working with both business, Government and Agencies to develop a harmonization between the skills and knowledge that business needs, as well as ensuring that students receive a world class education.

More information about this accommodation can be found online or by contacting on 01343 576000.