Student Housing Business

JAN-FEB 2018

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ON-CAMPUS HOUSING January/February 2018 73 redefining the student experience From award-winning residence life programs to exclusive global student travel opportunities, we are constantly creating new ways to reinvent the student experience. DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT PARTNERSHIP own private study time. There- fore, we have observed a focus on a broad array of academic features such as private study space and collaborative pods rather than many of the luxury amenities we have seen." "On-campus housing has really changed and has become a much larger tie to the university's over- all mission," says Turner of Brails- ford & Dunlavey. "The majority of residence halls that we're work- ing on on-campus have a learning component, and they're called liv- ing-learning centers. These devel- opments include a lot more group study rooms, seminar rooms, common kitchens and lounges." Turner also notes that units are being scaled down in terms of size. "In the past, it was about ame- nitizing the project with large, sin- gle rooms and a bed-to-bath ratio of one-to-one, where we're now trying to encourage more com- munity via smaller units to get students outside of their rooms," he says. "We've also been seeing a lot more of affinity housing. It's a shared, common theme in the residence hall like honors hous- ing, or an engineering house for all majors in that field. It gets students with a common interest together. We're seeing that grow as a trend." Alma Sealine, director of uni- versity housing at the Univer- sity of Illinois at Urbana-Cham- paign, notes that scaled down units are also more cost- and spatially-efficient. "For on-campus housing, there has been a trend towards mov- ing to all apartments because that is what students want and being very customer service oriented and providing what students want to make us attractive for students choosing an institution," she says. "For many campuses, that is not feasible because their current inventory does not allow for apartment-style living, so find- ing ways to make that residential experience an attractive experi- ence without necessarily having apartments is a challenge. I think that another trend is finding ways for there to be connection to the academic experience, so I think there will be a continued increase Texas A&M University — with development partners Benchmark Global Hospitality and Stonehenge Development — is currently developing a hotel and conference center, which will offer 250 guest suites, a multi-level sports bar, 35,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a coffee bar and a wine bar. ALMA SEALINE Director of University Housing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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