The transformation of Campus Hub has been nothing short of remarkable. Returning students were this year greeted with the warmth of familiarity as they came back to the University of Malta after the summer break, while those new to Campus Hub were quick to embrace it. This year’s Freshers Week was a collaborative effort involving three key players: KSU, Freehour, and Campus Hub, with KSU taking the lead. “The primary goal was to create an unforgettable week. The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive, with many describing it as more of a ‘student village’ than a typical campus setting,” Christian says with a smile. Campus Hub is not just for university students.

It has become a welcoming space for a diverse range of individuals. “Students from Junior College frequently visit after their lectures, as do people working at Mater Dei Hospital and even academics and the public. The key to this inclusivity lies in the creation of a vibrant central pjazza, a rarity in Malta. It’s a space where people can meet, relax, and enjoy each other’s company without the presence of cars,” he explains. Benches are thoughtfully placed in the square, offering a space for anyone to unwind, whether they purchase something from the outlets or bring their own lunch. The inclusion of Wellbee’s Supermarket and a variety of cafes, including Cake Box, further enhances its convenience and appeal.

To foster a sense of community, a plethora of activities are organised, including free basketball and table tennis. One of the standout features of Campus Hub is its student accommodation. The choice to live here is increasingly popular, with a significant number of returning students and a growing international community making Campus Hub their home. The accommodation offers more than just a place to sleep; they include a gym and a pool, reflecting the commitment to providing a holistic student experience. In addition to comfortable living spaces, Campus Hub has fostered a strong sense of community among its residents. 

“Special events, such as parties, cooking sessions, movie nights, and open-air discussions, help students connect and make lasting memories. It’s more than a residence; it’s a community,” Christian says. The commercial outlets within the Hub have also found remarkable success, attracting not only students but also families. Weekends are particularly lively, with families bringing their children to enjoy amenities like a bouncy castle and space for children to ride their bikes and scooters. Parents can relax in a café or restaurant while keeping an eye on their little ones. The supermarket and pharmacy add to the convenience. Free parking is available on weekends, making it a perfect destination for families seeking a day out. Listening to stakeholders and students has been pivotal to their progress, Christian says. “With over 25 nationalities living within Campus Hub, requests are diverse and varied.

The team strives to accommodate everyone’s needs, from offering halal meat and authentic Asian cuisine to providing access to the Turkish football league and more. The goal is to create an inclusive environment where all members of the community, including lecturers and people working at Mater Dei Hospital, can enjoy campus life to the fullest.” Christian attributes much of the success to his dedicated management team, many of whom have been with Campus Hub since its inception. “Their tireless efforts have contributed to the facility’s vibrant atmosphere, which continues to evolve,” he says.

In 2024, Campus Hub intends to build on its achievements and continue expanding and creating spaces for all university students. This includes providing a good working environment for over 150 individuals who work on the premises. The final part of Campus Hub’s development plan is to house a medical school for the University of Malta. The commitment to realising this vision remains unwavering. “The need for additional space for medical students, particularly in the wake of the challenges posed by Covid-19, makes a new medical school on campus a significant opportunity,” he says.

As the CEO of Campus Hub, Christian remains committed to the facility’s long-term success. He acknowledges that while the indicators are positive, it’s too early to call it a ‘success’. Instead, he views this phase as setting the foundation for future achievements. “The proximity to the university provides an excellent opportunity for learning and growth. We want to continue to be a solution for students. Our main aim has been to listen and learn. We have a long way to go, but I’m very satisfied with what we have achieved so far.”