Student living trends

Ben Etherington, Managing Director at Rosehill FF&E Ltd, discusses what today’s students want from their accommodation

Understanding that today’s students require a home away from home, a space to call their own, which provides a comfortable and functional living space is essential. Injecting colour into rooms through simplistic design can add warmth to the space while still allowing a blank canvas for the student to make their own. You can customise student space by doing away with traditional closed door storage and offering floating shelving solutions and open boxed headboards, enabling students to utilise this additional surface area for interior furnishings and accessories.

Students now want larger beds, bigger wardrobes and more amenities in their rooms so, with a premium on space, spatial planning is imperative. With correct engagement, you can integrate services into furniture – for example, you can incorporate lighting schemes, wireless charging surfaces and USB power ports into space-saving furniture.

Creating bespoke solutions for each space can often add value to a room; full height, open storage units and shelving created to fill voids within a build design can create added benefits to complicated room shapes and service voids.

With studio living being on trend, a fully functioning studio kitchenette is a must. Often the specifications now required are similar to high-end residential developments because students demand the utilities and freedom to cater for themselves privately and for others. Tech and utilities are everything to the modern student: high speed wifi, excellent quality appliances and smart TVs are all expected when looking to create the ‘home away from home’ appeal.

In communal kitchens catering for numerous students, personal storage is important but creating a social space where students can study, socialise and treat as the heart of their home is vital to adding to the student experience. This can be achieved through both the careful use of high quality social space furniture and the kitchen design including breakfast bar areas instead of traditional space-sapping dining table solutions.

Social spaces available for free communal use or for private hire are becoming more common place to ensure student satisfaction. The hire of the kitchen area to host a dinner party or a communal area for a gaming session perhaps offer students unique experiences and a different dimension to ‘traditional dorm living’. Optimisation of this space through use of the most appropriate furniture, fittings and equipment is imperative to make these spaces engaging to students and their guests.

Engaging with specialists when creating a student accommodation experience is crucial to develop best use of space and, at Rosehill FF&E, we utilise our in-house design team with years of interior and furniture design experience to ensure that both student experience and optimisation of space are at the heart of our brief when engaged to design, manufacture and install a student accommodation project.

Ben Etherington is the Managing Director at Rosehill FF&E Ltd, a leading provider of student accommodation fit-out/project management solutions. Please feel free to get in touch with the team to discuss your next project at Estimating@rosehill.co.uk

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