How does the student accommodation look in the future?
World over student halls are already becoming more innovative and design-led. The idea is to pre-empt what the students of tomorrow may essentially look for? A prospective students certainly looks at much more than just what programs a school has to offer before enrolling. These international students from over 180 countries come together to share their views and opinion not just at global issues but also local issues that have long and deep rooted impact at the local concerns. These students need an accommodation that goes beyond the comfort of beds in the college campus. They desire a social living environment that is forthcoming and helps to interact with each other. These days, students want to know what kind of life they will be living if they choose to attend a certain college or university, which means they are looking closely at the campus and off campus student housing. They expect these accommodation to have interactive zones which will enable them to build friendship with fellow students of 180 different countries. How has this shift in priorities affected current student housing trends? What can students expect to see in the future? Take a look at the past, present, and future of student accommodation:
The Recent Past:
Whenever we think of student accommodation, we have some old concrete walls flashing through our minds. Accommodation with uncomfortable beds may come to mind may criss-cross our mind. In the past generally students used to have fairly low expectations for student accommodation. But, there is a significant change in that approach. In the past, generally students required access to modest and hygienic rooms. Price sensitivity was a great deciding factor and it played a key role. Thus, students were expected to live on much smaller spaces which mainly were to be used for sleeping. Other activities were scheduled outside of their bedroom and living area. Dining used to take place in dining halls, and mostly all the studying was done in the libraries. But, things have changed now and the expectations have skyrocketed.
In the recent past both on-campus and off-campus housing and related amenities were limited. Student’s expectation were controlled and their access to basic common rooms with seating areas and televisions, standard sized pools and gymnasium were considered luxury.