The Key Elements Of A Functional Student Housing Design

7 March 2023
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


For student housing, design is critical to creating a comfortable and safe environment for students. Each of the housing elements must be carefully thought out to create a space that meets the needs of the students who will be living there while also offering an aesthetically pleasing design.

Here are three key things to consider when designing student housing as a student housing architect.

Room Size

The size of each room should be considered when designing student housing. Students need to have enough space for their belongings, with room to study and sleep comfortably.

The size of the room usually depends on how much furniture will be included in each room, as well as how much storage space is available for each student's belongings. This way, it's easier to ensure that each student has enough space for all of their items.

Additionally, you need to consider privacy when designing the layout of the rooms. Students should not feel like they are living in cramped quarters with no personal space. There should be enough room for them to relax and study in their own space. Have a plan in place to divide up the rooms, such as having separate beds and desks for each student.

Common Areas

In addition to individual rooms, it is important to provide common areas where students can gather together to study or hang out. Common areas should offer plenty of seating and tables so that students have enough space to spread out their books and other materials while studying or working on projects together. This also helps encourage a sense of community and collaboration among students.

You also need to provide comfortable seating options so students can relax after a long day of classes or work without feeling cramped or uncomfortable. The seating areas should be designed with the students in mind and can range from casual seating to more formal lounge areas.

Safety Features

Perhaps most importantly, safety features must be taken into consideration when designing student housing. This includes providing secure entrances and exits, as well as ample lighting throughout the building, especially near stairwells and hallways.

These areas are likely to become dark late at night or during bad weather conditions. You want to ensure that students have enough light to navigate their way through the building safely.

Also, consider installing emergency systems and communication devices such as intercoms or panic buttons in all building common areas. This way, students can alert the administration if they feel unsafe at any time.

In addition, security cameras should be installed and monitored by staff members 24/7 to keep residents safe from harm. But be sure to properly inform the students of the cameras and their purpose so that they are aware of their presence.