BGU to Construct Graduate Student Family Dormitories

BGU will open a new dormitory complex for graduate students in less than two years, the University announced during a ceremony on Tuesday. ​

Above (left to right): Beer-Sheva Mayor Ruvik Danilovich, BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi and Ashtrom CEO Gil Giron

The dormitories will be located adjacent to the Zlotowski Dormitory Complex in the Gimmel neighbourhood of Beer-Sheva. The Ashtrom Group will construct the dormitories as a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) project over 25 years. 


129 units, some two-room and some three-room, will be built around a central common area with adjacent parking. The project will cover 8,500 square meters and is expected to be completed by October 2019. 


“Graduate students are the foundation of research and are very important to us," BGU Dir.-Gen. and VP David Bareket said, “Not all universities have graduate student housing, but the best universities do." 


He pointed out the new complex would be built next to a pre-school, across from the University Sports Complex and the Beer-Sheva University (North) train station. 


“We are competing for the best graduate students and this is something extra that we will be able to offer," BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi said. She added that she had been keeping an eye on the location for years for a future plan to build on it.. 


Beer-Sheva Mayor Ruvik Danilovich said the new dormitory complex made a statement.


“The University is declaring the centrality of its researchers, which connects very nicely with the ecosystem we are building here. BGU is the key to that ecosystem," he said. 


On a personal note, the mayor recalled living on Rothenberg Street in the Gimmel neighbourhood as a young child and said he was glad the university was anchoring the neighbourhood through the new complex. He added that the municipality had filed extensive plans to revamp the neighbourhood. 


Ashtrom CEO Gil Giron expressed his desire to continue working with the university on many more such projects. He noted that Ashtrom has been part of Beer-Sheva and the University's history almost from the beginning, building a whole slew of major Beer-Sheva institutions such as: Carasso Science Park, The Air Force Technical High School, The Keren Hayesod Switzerland Youth Centre for Culture and Arts in the Old City, as well as parts of the dormitories in the Gimmel and Daled neighbourhoods, among others. 


Giron said the dormitories would open for the 2019-2020 academic year.



Above: Simulated illustration of the planned complex