If university student accommodation conjures visions of fluorescent-lit, besa-block boxes that carry sound as effectively as they spread viruses in the communal kitchen, it's time to reacquaint yourself with the insanely stylish new options coming onto the market.
The modern breed of university accommodation looks more like a Google campus holiday home than the low-budget, sticker-plastered rooms we're used to, and it's all being fueled by a wave of millenial students who want the best.
Iglu Brisbane City opened this week and director Jonathan Gliksten said the transformation in student accommodation stemmed from more discerning young people.
"I think its come about because of an attitude from the students," Gliksten told The Huffington Post Australia.
"They’ve got high expectations in terms of whatever they do -- the clothing they buy, their housing, the electronic gadgets they get and I guess they've developed an intolerance to being given the low-cost, inferior option.
"That’s lead to a more competitive world and encouragement for developers like ourselves to meet that expectation."
While accommodation across the country now includes gyms, rooftop terraces and resort-style pools, Gliksten said there was one simple element that never changed -- the ability to connect with other students.
"When we're looking at accommodation, the starting point for us is to create a building that activates a strong community -- lots of informal sitting space, a gym, we often have an entire floor dedicated to community living where people can bump into each other and start conversations," Gliksten
"That's really the point of going to university."
Snaps from student accommodation
Uniresort Student Accommodation in suburban Brisbane
University of Technology, Sydney
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