A brand-new sports arena cloud be built in Bruce and up to 12,000 people could be living at the University of Canberra within the next two decades, under an ambitious plan unveiled by the campus on Thursday.

The university’s 20-year master plan reveals its vision for the future, with a series of ‘neighbourhoods’ bringing together student, working and living populations.

UC Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Paddy Nixon said the university’s plans also include alignment for a future light rail stop to be located in the middle of the campus.

“Connecting the university, as part of the future of light rail, to both Belconnen and into the city is a critical part of our future.”

The plan sets out five distinct communities laid out throughout its existing campus with a health hub, a sporting precinct including the arena and a new multi-court sports centre, a residential community in addition to its existing student accommodation and a local centre featuring commercial, retail and hospitality tenants, all centred around the university’s existing educational campus.

“The University of Canberra’s Campus Master Plan embraces the concept of the ‘Educated Life’, integrating campus with community through a range of neighbourhoods where people live, learn and work.”

In addition to its 12,000 residents, it’s estimated the university will support up to 15,000 students and 18,000 workers at the completion of its master plan.

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“We are fortunate to be in a position to invest in and support the economic growth of Canberra.” Professor Nixon added.

“Paving a way, over the next 20 years, for a progressive and sustainable campus in the nation’s capital.”