The construction of 26 blocks of hostels at the University of Zambia Great East Road Main Campus has commenced.
And government says it will spend about 513 million kwacha on the project.
Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Vocation Training, Sydney Mushanga disclosed this when he toured the construction site at the University.
Mr. Mushanga says the 26 Hostels which will house Four thousand, One Hundred and 60 bed spaces will cushion challenges of bed spaces at the University.
He says government has also released funds for the construction of hostels at The Copperbelt University and the Evelyn Hone College.
Meanwhile University of Zambia Vice Chancellor, Stephen Simukanga says six local and foreign contractors have been engaged to construct the hostels.
Professor Simukanga says the University will also embark on the construction of five thousand bed spaces under Public Private Partnership Agreement.
The University of Zambia currently has Three thousand and Seven hundred bed spaces against 27 thousand students.
Professor Simukanga says the University will also construct Lecture Theatres, Staff Houses and Libraries.
He however appealed to government to urgently settle the 90 million kwacha bursary fees it owes the institution.