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UBC unveils future of student housing: 140-sq-ft nano suites

The plan for the pilot project is to build 70 of the micro suites in the Gage South Student Residence by 2019.

A mock up of the 140-square-foo nano suite proposed for UBC student residences.

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A mock up of the 140-square-foo nano suite proposed for UBC student residences.

The University of B.C. unveiled Monday the future of on-campus student housing: tiny 140-square-foot fully-furnished “nano” suites.

It's roughly the size of an average parking stall but appears to be surprising liveable with a mini kitchen, double bed and small bathroom.

The plan for the pilot project is to build 70 of the micro suites in the Gage South Student Residence by 2019.

The suite features a desk that stows underneath the bed.

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The suite features a desk that stows underneath the bed.

The university came up with the idea to try to meet student demand for more affordable campus housing.

The nano suites are expected to rent for about $700 a month when ready for occupancy in 2019. That compares to current 230-sq.-ft. studio suites that will rent for about $1,100 in 2019.

The nano suites will have a double bed that folds up in six seconds to become a 21-sq-ft computer desk/study area. The desk remains level when the bed folds down, so you can leave a laptop on it without falling off.

“I would say the student feedback has been really positive,” Andrew Parr, managing director of UBC student housing, said Monday.

“There's a huge demand for more housing on campus,” he said, adding there are currently more than 10,000 student beds on campus, with five new projects, including the micro suites, that will add another 2,000 beds.

The display unit is currently on display at the Nest, UBC's new student union building.

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The display unit is currently on display at the Nest, UBC's new student union building.

The new residence building with the micro suites will be at the core of the campus, allowing a 10-minute walk to most classes on campus and three minutes to the swimming pool and fitness centre, Parr said.

Each nano suite will be wired with high-speed Internet but will not be furnished with TVs. Instead, TVs with basic cable will be located in common lounge areas on each floor.

There is currently a nano display unit in the Nest, the UBC student union building, to get feedback from students. A video tour of the suite is online here.

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