One of the articles featured this week is “Trends in Undergraduate Student Housing: Process and Product,” by Rena Cheskis-Gold and Alexandra Delaney Danahy, of Demographic Perspectives.
There are really good data, and observations, shared in this article. Plus lots of images and charts and tables.
Do the trends presented here resonate with your experiences on the campuses you know?, If you have examples of the trends we discussed that you would like to share—photos or descriptions—we would be pleased to add them to our collection. If your housing is entirely different from that described here, we would be interested to hear about that, too.
A related series of questions concerns how student housing will adapt and respond in the future to broader student trends such as remote learning and the growing numbers of community college students and older students who desire oncampus housing. Some other topics we would like to hear about include:
- Are there examples of innovative and cost-effective ways to build flexible unit layouts that can accommodate the changing demographic profiles of student bodies as well as new student needs or preferences?
- What types of housing are schools purchasing or building off campus?
- Given equivalent cost and location, will students prefer old buildings with spacious layouts or new buildings that are typically efficiently designed? How does this vary for different demographic groups of students?
- Is “build it and they will come” always true? Are there cautionary tales regarding design, school and community approvals, and tricky student preferences?
- How have schools successfully incorporated student residential communities on the edges of campus, and what, if any, trade-offs need to be offered to make this work?
- Building costs are high and land is scarce. What are the answers?
We are hoping to draw on readers' experiences to begin to formulate answers to our closing questions. Whether you work for a campus or as a consultant, won't you please take a minute to share some of your stories?
Best, Rena and Alex