Work is beginning on the first phase of a new £31m building project at the University of Surrey.
The development covers 186 acres to the west of the A3
The development involves more than 2,000 student and staff bedrooms being built at the university's Manor Park campus in Guildford.
Nearly 700 student rooms as well as 25 staff flats are due to be ready for the beginning of the 2006 academic year.
The university has invested more than £100m in various areas during the past 10 years.
The Surrey Research Park - owned and run by the university - has provided a proportion of the income for the spending.
Planning permission for the current development phase was granted by Guildford Borough Council in late 2004.
It is ultimately expected that the campus will have new residences for 4,000 students and 300 staff members, as well as sport and academic facilities.
Manor Park covers 186 acres of land lying to the west of the A3 as it passes through Guildford.