We've featured some small apartments on Gizmag before, but they've typically been borne of physical constraints. The University of British Columbia's (UBC) planned 140 sq ft (13 sq m) student "Nano" suites, however, are purpose-designed to be affordable.

UBC acknowledges that the suites are "not for everyone," but says they are aimed at going some way to meeting the demand for affordable on-campus housing. The convenient location of the suites will be one of the selling points.

Each unit will have a kitchen area with a hob and a sink, as well as a separate bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet. They will be offered furnished, with a space-saving bed that converts into a desk and a storage space with a clothes rail. Residents will have access to in-room high-speed internet, bicycle storage, a games room, meeting rooms, music practice rooms, study lounges and a fitness center.

A full-scale mock-up of a Nano suite went on display for UBC students to view earlier this week and a 70-unit pilot is due for completion in 2019. The suites are to be priced at CAD 675 - 695 (US$490 - 505) per month, compared to around CAD 1,100 for a standard suite.

The video below provides a "tour" of the Nano suite.

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