Student Housing Business

JAN-FEB 2018

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ON-CAMPUS HOUSING January/February 2018 74 in living-learning communities and residential colleges, and those are things moving forward to make that connection more seamless for students to be successful at their respective institutions." At Texas A&M, smaller units are being offset by larger common areas and increased study and gath- ering spaces. "Our campuses are typically requesting larger common areas as well as study spaces with the offset coming in a reduction of bedroom size," says Ray. "Workout facilities with larger areas for stu- dents to gather and socialize are a common desire. We are also seeing an increasing trend towards more walkable access to campus, as well as mass transit options. We envi- sion less demand for vehicle park- ing and garages in the future." Texas A&M is also looking to include more living-learning com- munities moving forward. "We are strongly supportive of the trend toward the living-learning, interac- tive concepts," says Ray. "Learning is truly 24/7, and we view our aca- demic programs, student support services, campus life and student housing as all integral to the ulti- mate success of our students." More technologically savvy com- munities with top-of-the-line Wi-Fi are also growing in importance with the incoming generation of students. "Students today demand Wi-Fi enabled high speed internet service that will support three to five devic- es per student," says Archibald of CLV. "Internet is regarded by stu- dents with the same importance as hot water. The need for student housing spaces to have charging ports and plenty of electrical out- lets to charge the various electronic devices and ethernet ports for gam- ing is essential." Into The Future Jay Pearlman of Scion believes we will continue to see the trends becoming popular today increase in importance over the coming years. "With a focus on educational out- comes, student housing as a whole will become less focused on luxury amenities and more focused on a positive student experience that promotes students' success," he says. "That does not mean there will not continue to be more luxu- rious offerings, but if they don't equally value the student experi- ence and service, the students will vote with their feet." The importance of renovating older properties and developing newer communities for students is also projected to grow in impor- tance. "I think the on-campus expe- rience is so critical to the college experience and it will only continue to grow," says Turner of Brailsford & Dunlavey. "There is a significant amount of deferred maintenance in a lot of the residence halls that were built 40 or 50 years ago; some need to be knocked down. We will see a continued wave of newer facilities with different unit configurations in the future. At its core, there's a notion of campus communities. These schools know that is the most important thing that they're offer- ing. They're competing against online institutions and this notion of a 24/7 campus sense of commu- nity plays a vital role." Archibald of CLV calls for a great- er level of integration among resi- dence halls and academic spaces in the future. "Greater integration with universities by making avail- able space for traditional campus activities, libraries, student services, classrooms and other spaces should be encouraged," he says. "Increas- ing engagement of students can only result in greater retention and graduation rates for institutions." "This, combined with better inter- net connectivity, will assist institu- tions in dealing with the tendency to move toward online learning, without students wanting to move off-campus," continues Archibald. "The challenge for on-campus stu- dent housing will be to think long- term in regard to student demands in relation to technology. Univer- sities need to supply technology conveniences to attract and retain students moving forward." SHB

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