Attracting Students Through Spaces that Accommodate Lifestyle and Education

Australia is one of the world’s most attractive destinations for international students. In the past few years our universities have experienced record growth in international enrolments, contributing some $15 billion to our nation’s economy per annum.

To remain competitive in the battle to attract the best and brightest talents, both locally and from abroad, universities are investing in student experience; with new student accommodation facilities and campus life playing a key role.

Ahead of the Student Accommodation Summit 2018 we chat to Lisa Howard, Studio Principal at Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL). In this article Lisa shares details of Monash University’s Clayton Campus upgrade and delves into the benefits of investing in new student accommodation facilities that optimise students’ university experience.

Meeting modern needs

“While we’re seeing a real shift in university life and culture all over the world, in Australia in particular, where many of our universities, like Monash, La Trobe and RMIT, were set up as institutes in the 1960s and 70s, we’re seeing a period of growth, expansion and infrastructure investment to help meet modern standards and student needs,” explains Lisa.

“In an age of online and off-campus learning, university landscapes are now playing a critical role in both attracting and retaining staff and students and fostering meaningful engagement, conversation and participation.

Most universities had offsite student accommodation when they were initially established, and over the years these facilities tended to be neglected as they weren’t deemed a priority. However, over the past decade or so, with the rise in international student enrolments, many universities are now taking the time to reassess their accommodation offerings and campus facilities in an effort to better appeal to the growing numbers of international students arriving.

Increasingly, and I think this stems predominantly from competition within the tertiary education sector, the offerings, facilities and amenities that universities provide are becoming a key differentiating factor for both the international and domestic markets. Students are now looking at how a university can offer them more than a learning experience – they want the social and community aspects that come with it.

What this means from an architectural perspective is that we’re seeing a trend toward relocating student accommodation from offsite, dislocated areas to the campuses themselves in an effort to create more embedded accommodation precincts. By doing this, universities can provide somewhere for students to not only sleep, but also places where they can occupy their time and socialise on campus. By creating creative, engaging and innovative spaces, both in internal and outdoor areas, we’re seeing improved engagement, experience and overall student happiness.”

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Download the full article with Lisa to learn more about:

  • The benefits of providing new accommodation within close proximity to campus
  • Meeting modern student needs by providing living, learning and social amenities
  • Overcoming the challenges of project delivery with minimal impact on ‘business as usual’

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Join Lisa, along with over 20 other student accommodation experts from the likes of the University of St. Andrews (UK), University of Auckland (New Zealand), Deakin Residential Services, Scape, the University of Melbourne, Hayball and Colliers International on the 27th– 28th of March in Melbourne at the Student Accommodation Summit 2018. 

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