Manchester Metropolitan University's emerging £139m Birley Fields development will contain 1,200 student bedrooms in blocks of townhouses after the local authority granted planning consent.
Designed by architects GWP, the student village will be built by GB Building Solutions.
The majority of the accommodation will be arranged in four-storey townhouses around the edges of the development.
Work is due to start on site in March and is targeted for completion in August 2014.
MMU is aiming for a BREEAM rating of 'outstanding', using a district heating system provided by a new energy centre installed as part of the wider campus development. All bedrooms will have a 'grey water' system and GB Building Solutions plans to recycle 98% of waste generated during construction.
GB Building Solutions were appointed by MMU in September 2012 to deliver the student accommodation. They will work alongside Sir Robert McAlpine, the main contractor for the academic building, multi-storey car park and energy centre.
Birley Fields represents the final stage of a £350m investment in new campus facilities for MMU. It is the largest construction project in the university's 10-year plan to consolidate from seven campus locations to two, Manchester and Cheshire by 2014.
Birley Fields will be the new home for the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care. It will provide a learning and teaching environment for more than 6,000 students and 500 academics, researchers and technical staff. There will be shared community facilities including a sports hall, drama and music studios.