State-of-the-art residence to provide 1,000 much needed student rooms for Portsmouth.


Portsmouth’s landmark student development, Catherine House, officially opened its doors 7th September as The Student Housing Company prepares to receive new residents for the 2017/18 academic year. The launch event was attended by representatives from the multi award-winning student accommodation operator, its parent company GSA and the building’s contractors McAleer & Rushe.

The Catherine House project has completely transformed and extended the existing Zurich House on Stanhope Road. The original structure was given a state-of-the-art refurbishment while an adjoining building was developed to provide enough space to deliver 1,000 much-needed high-specification student rooms in a combination of four to six bedroom cluster flats, studios and one bedroom apartments. The property is located in a prime location just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, the University of Portsmouth and opposite Portsmouth and Southsea railway station and will include a reception, common room, cycle storage, car park, sky lounge and retail space, providing the perfect balance of convenience, comfort and sociability.

Sarah Linton-Walls, sales and marketing director at The Student Housing Company, which will operate the building upon opening, said:

“Catherine House is one of our most ambitious projects to date and the fact that you can see it standing out on the skyline as you enter this attractive city makes it all the more exciting for us.

“The new development reflects The Student Housing Company’s design and specification signatures which provide students with accommodation specifically tailored to their needs. The building incorporates generous communal spaces, bright and welcoming student entrances, and high specification rooms with high levels of natural light, which we’re sure will be welcomed by the students when they move in later this month.”

Dominic Trainor, contracts director at McAleer & Rushe said:

“I would like to thank our site team and supply chain partners who have worked tirelessly to bring this exceptional project to life. Catherine House marks a significant step in our partnership with The Student Housing Company and GSA and helps to meet the growing demand for purpose built student accommodation in Portsmouth. We are currently on site at two further GSA student accommodation projects in Bournemouth and look forward to continuing our close working relationship.”

The Student Housing Company strives to provide students with the confidence to expect the highest quality accommodation and service. At Catherine House students’ financial worries will be kept to a minimum as all facilities and bills including water, gas, electricity, heating, high-speed broadband and maintenance are covered in the monthly rent. The company’s on-site management team will also on hand 24/7 to help students make the most of student life in Portsmouth, whether it’s through advising on day-to-day issues, giving directions to the best restaurants or planning events.