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.
Source: University of British Columbia
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