The University of British Columbia (UBC) recently designed a series of micro-apartments that are meant to serve as an affordable alternative to traditional student housing. Like many schools, UBC is dealing with a shortage of affordable on-campus housing for students. This initiative aims to provide another option for those who are just looking for the bare necessities.
The micro-apartments at UBC are called 'Nano Studios' and they are located in the Gage South Student Residence. Each suite is 140 square feet in size and consists of two separate rooms. The main room comes with a kitchenette, a two-burner stove, a mini fridge and a bed that folds up into a desk. The second room is a full bathroom, complete with a shower, toilet and sink. In addition, residents will have access to amenities such as high-speed WiFi, a fitness center, lounge rooms and bike storage. In total, the rooms will cost between $675 and $695.
While the rooms may be small, they serve as a unique solution to the shortage of affordable student housing at schools like UBC.