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9:07 PM  September 22, 2021

TSU Rector: 10,000 places in campus – only 1st phase of construction

© РИА Томск. Павел СтефанскийTSU Rector: 10,000 places in campus – only 1st phase of construction

TOMSK, Sep 22 – RIA Tomsk. The number of places in student dormitories at the campus on the left bank of Tomsk may be increased to 20,000 in the future, Rector of Tomsk State University (TSU) Eduard Galazhinsky said in an interview with journalists from Tomsk media.

Earlier it was reported that in July 2021 during his visit to Tomsk, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced the allocation of 18 billion rubles for the inter-university campus in the Tomsk region. Together with private investment, the construction cost is estimated at 31 billion. Housing for 10,000 students, an engineering center, sports and entertainment infrastructure and R'n'D centers of major companies are planned at the campus on the left bank of the Tom River.

"We have been assuming and discussing with colleagues that this is the first phase of construction of the campus. There is a potential for expansion up to 20 thousand places. It is understandable that the investor is worried whether the 10 thousand seats will be filled, because we need a lot of money for the construction. We need to understand that this project is the largest in Russia in terms of campus construction", – Galazhinsky said.

© РИА Томск. Павел Стефанский
As the regional Department of Education informed the RIA Tomsk news agency, today the need for student accommodation places amounts to seven thousand. By 2025, a deficit of 25,000 places is predicted.

"At TSU now are about one and a half to two thousand students in need (of dormitories). But we have a Soviet legacy in terms of dormitories, and unfortunately, students often live with four people in a room. But the norms are already different: we are building a new dormitory with the expectation that two people should live in a room. If we bring everyone up to the norms, then a rough estimate is about 17 thousand people who need places in dormitories", – Galazhinsky commented.

He added that the development of the student housing sector in Tomsk could also go "in the logic of rental housing". "The goal is to increase the popularity of Tomsk – to bring students from abroad and the regions here. And along the way, the rental housing market will grow. A private dormitory? Why not? They exist all over the world," Galazhinsky stressed.

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