Phase one of the £200m scheme will initially involve demolishing the existing Carroll Court buildings and constructing 900-bed spaces across three buildings rising to six-storeys.
Site enabling works are expected to start in June 2021 and the main works in October 2021.
This will include a café, shared lounges and communal dining spaces.
The University said in response to the climate change emergency it had developed a strategy to become carbon neutral by 2030, to reduce water and energy use, cut waste and support biodiversity.
To meet this goal it is aiming to make the student accommodation project a Passivhaus development.
Firms are being invited to express an interest and attend a further briefing on the project, approach to market and Passivhaus – at a date to be agreed – in late November