Published by Becky Freeman
Posted on 24th September 2020
With children and teenagers nationwide having headed ‘back to school’ after an unusually long break, thoughts are also turning to the thousands of university students who will be embarking on their latest educational journey this month. Whilst some will be remaining at the family home to commence their studies, the vast majority will be descending on unfamiliar university towns for the first time with much excitement and anticipation.
With everything that 2020 has unexpectedly brought us in the form of Covid-19 and the various restrictions subsequently imposed, it’s safe to say that the average university experience will be somewhat different this year and will potentially be so for the foreseeable. With traditional theatre lectures restricted or totally curtailed, and online learning being more prevalent, it has never been more important for new students to have a cutting-edge-yet-homely space they can call their own.
Whilst university digs of old might conjure up mixed memories for those of a certain age, today’s university halls of residence need to be modern spaces that are geared up to combine studying and access to the latest technology, with chilling out, cooking and a decent night’s sleep.
Lanview are currently working on a great project with The Elite Group in association with AXO Student Living to create 95 new studio rooms and a new amenity space, including a gym, at Sherbourne House (blocks A, B & C).
The studios will provide students with a modern, forward-thinking living space that enables them to settle into university life and live and study effectively.
Projects like these, as an example, make good business sense for universities looking forward to a post-Covid world, particularly those wanting to attract international students once more. One of the biggest draws for undergraduates from abroad as well as the UK (aside from the actual education) is the whole ‘student living experience’ that many universities pride themselves on, and campus facilities and modern accommodation are a big part of this.
Indeed, most student prospectuses tend to include the campus environment in their adverts before prospective applicants even get to the main course information. It’s common sense that the availability of excellent on-campus living or nearby student accommodation helps international students in particular to decide, and tip the balance in favour of heading to the UK versus being close to home.
Lanview’s Commercial Director, Duncan Castle, explains why it’s now more important than ever for universities to make sure their student accommodation offering is top of its game:
“Creating an environment in student accommodation where you can feel confident, relaxed and safe in how we live with others, has never been more important. Attending University is often the first time most young people will experience living away from home for an extended period and therefore it’s vital their accommodation meets these criteria. A positive environment can have a huge effect on a student’s overall university experience and as such, student accommodation, more than ever, plays an influential part in their university journey and the choices they make”
As well as developing new student accommodation from a business perspective, there will also be an increasing sense of responsibility to design campus facilities that impact both physical and mental wellbeing in a positive way. This means that, when it comes to shared social areas and facilities within accommodation buildings, new considerations will be high on the list of priorities to get right before new students can move in.
High quality fit-outs from companies like ourselves, that focus on achieving all of the above, will undoubtedly contribute to making a traditional on-site university experience so worthwhile.
Read more about our Sherbourne House Student Accommodation project and the progress made so far HERE