In the latest meetings of the Senato Accademico (Academic Senate) and of the Commissione Infrastrutture (Infrastructure Board)that we attended, it has long been discussed about university residences.
We always have reported a lack of funds from the boards for university buildings and moreover for university residences. Consider that in France the number of beds per student is 6 times more, in Spain it's 50% more. In Milan, a city with more than 200 thousands students, there's a lack of about 16 thousands beds in dorms, with respect to the only 4 thousands of today.
PNRR (European Funds) increased the university buildings funds with the so-called Bando 338that our University is trying to use carefully.
These funds will allow PoliMi to start a new plan for University Residences using about €128 milions of euros.The concerned plans are the following:
which are added to 2 other dorms already under construction
It will be made of two different buildings (a loophole to obtain the largest amount of funds, since the maximum beds per building is of 250 and each of those is goint to have about 240 beds).
It will be in 2A area of Bovisa - La Gocciawhich is now occupied by abandoned factories and it is going to cost about €50 milions.
Construction work will start when PoliMi will buy the area, up to now is owned by the City of Milan.
Also in this situation we will have two different buildings, each of those with 250 beds. Each building will be made of 8 floors and it will have also different facilities, like a gym and a music room (among with study rooms as well).
It will be built where the Chemistry Department is at the moment, that will be demolished. Therefore there has been the opportunity to convert that area in modern dorms, close to campus Leonardo .
Construction work will start after the demolition of the Chemistry building.
As many of you reported, Casa dello Studente building conditions weren't the best, some renovation was needed of the whole building and moreover of the rooms.
This clearly means that for the whole next year it will be closed, but thanks to our requests it has been guaranteed for the DSU beds and for students with disabilities (respectively 66 + 12), another place, to be defined soon.
Renovation works will start this summer and it will be ready (we hope) for the academic year 2023/2025, with 41 more beds!
Finally also Mantova's PoliMi will have a dorms! It belongs to the Mantova HUB plan, a series of projects to improve the south-eastern area of the city.
The new dorms will be in theformer pottery area, nowdays almost abandoned, and it will have 3 floors, including some study rooms.
New dorms of Piazza Ferrara, with 7 floors, is still a construction site, but it should be ready for 2023, so that it can be used for the academic year 2023/2024.
The project consists of the renovation of the building with 213 bedsamong some common rooms and study halls.
The area is not far from Leonardo Campus (15 mins by public transportation or 20/30 mins by bike)
In a great position for Bovisa Campus, also Via Baldinucci dorms is still a construction site (land reclamation should be soon completed), but it is planned to make it ready with 250 beds before 2023, with some common rooms, gyms, conference rooms and more.
With the opening of this University residence among the one of Piazza Ferrara and Casa dello Studente renovation, by the end of 2023 Politecnico should have +500 beds, to which we should add the other 1000 of the new Bovisa, Mancinelli and Mantova dorms.