Best Student Accommodation of 2016

It’s important to create the perfect atmosphere for productivity and recreation when it comes to designing your student accommodation. When your students aren’t studying, they’ll be socialising and getting to know their new roommates.

The British student accommodation industry is booming, with many developers planning construction in some of the UK’s most thriving student cities. With that in mind, who’s doing it right? Here’s a look at some of the best student accommodation you’ll find around the UK and the rest of the world – which may give you some inspiration for your own properties.

Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK

Nabbing the prestigious Best University Halls Award at the National Student Housing Survey (NSHS) Awards 2016, Edge Hill University was also a finalist in the Best Value for Money and Best Environmental Management categories.

Edge Hill is home for 2,091 students who live in a variety of different on-site accommodation, including rooms with en-suite facilities and shared common space. They will also be providing 168 new single-study en-suite bedrooms over the next year.

Urban Rigger, Copenhagen, Denmark

urban-rigger-bjarke-ingels-kim-loudrup-floating-student-houses_dezeen_2364_ss_9-852x6091A traditional house or flat just isn’t enough for some people, and that’s where a shipping container might come in handy.

In Copenhagen, shipping containers were stacked to create floating student housing. The nine shipping containers are arranged to create 15 studio residences with a shared garden in the centre.

The floating platforms in Copenhagen harbour provide a low-cost and unique housing alternative for students. And being close to Copenhagen University, they’re certainly ideal, if not unique.

Iglu Central, Sydney, Australia

Located minutes away from Sydney’s bustling business district, Iglu Central is perfect for students at any of the nearby universities including The University of Technology and The University of Sydney.

Built to provide natural light throughout the building, students can expect their room and common area to be modernly designed throughout with a king bed, study desk and en-suite bathroom as standard.central-building2

What makes this accommodation so special is that it has a meeting room, welcome lobby, TV room, onsite laundry and a courtyard and BBQ area – going that extra edge to provide students with everything they could possibly need. Each common room area contains a full kitchen, HD television, air con, heating and coaches, enabling students to have a separate space to their room where they can chill out and unwind.

Plummer House, Newcastle, United Kingdom02_plummer-house3367_s1

With a striking and sophisticated design, Plummer House is created to meet the demands of modern-day students. The brand new student property offers something different to students attending the University of Newcastle.

The apartments are high-spec, offering the height of luxury for all residents. The outstanding communal area includes a cinema, games room, VIP bar, period social space and private gym – offering almost everything they could possibly want.

The property adds something unique and unseen in most other properties, offering a premium option to those that can afford it.

IQ, Birmingham, United Kingdom

8225720-interior05-800-web1Located next to Fiveways Station, IQ Student Accommodation is in the perfect location for students wanting to immerse themselves in Birmingham’s student scene.

The student accommodation is stylish and fitted with modern furniture and decor throughout. IQ offers a free onsite gym, a social hub with video games consoles, table tennis, regular socials and even free contents insurance included within the rent. This accommodation shows that it’s not just about getting the decor right, it’s about going above and beyond to provide a great living environment for students.

What can you provide?

As a landlord, it’s up to you provide a comfortable living space for students. Whether it’s a unique building, designing with productivity in mind or creating social spaces, you need to find a way to stand out from the crowd. There are plenty of accommodation options for students to choose, so you need to give them a reason why they should choose you.

With 2,569 student residences in the 30 most popular European student cities, how will you stand out for the right reasons and make your accommodation amazing?

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