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Living Spaces Source: Paul Abramson, president Stanton Leggett & Associates (educational consulting firm) - excerpt from College Planning and Management “Living on Campus” - 2012. There’s no place like home ... residence halls are evolving from basic sleeping spaces to fully furnished homes-away-from-home for students. Residence halls—or dormitories, as they were once called— used to be places where students could sleep, dress, and study while attending college. They were the simplest of spaces, providing each student a bed, a desk, and a place to keep some clothes. Source: Deb Moore - excerpt from College Planning and Management “Living on Campus” - 2012. Enrollment continues to grow at colleges and universities across the country. Along with growing enrollment comes the need to provide more and better housing for students who plan to live on campus. Your ability to recruit new students and retain the students you have depends in part on the quality of campus housing at your institution. Students’ priorities still appear to be amenities, privacy, and single units — a “hotel” experience rather than a “college” experience — and many are basing their choice of college on the quality of the residence halls. Things are different now. Residence halls provide all the comforts of home and, to many students and parents, often more. They are now places for eating, training, studying, banking, taking classes, and yes, sleeping. Towards the end of the last century, the concept of “living/learning” spaces was being written about as a developing trend. Colleges were designing classrooms into their residence halls, in some cases offering students a chance to spend almost their entire academic lives in their residence hall. Now, more than half of residence halls include some classroom space. In ancient times, when I attended college, a residence hall room had sleeping arrangements for one student, two, four, even eight. Everyone used gang toilets. There was a telephone somewhere in a hallway, and there might or might not be open areas for socializing or lounging. There were no provisions for preparing food. Dormitories, as they were called, were for sleeping and studying, and little else. Those days are long gone. The word “suites” is often used to describe accommodations. A recent survey shows a little better than half the students being accommodated will be housed in individual rooms. About 35 percent will be in two-person suites while the balance (14 percent) will be in suites or apartments designed to house four to eight students. Creating Student-Preferred, High-Tech Living Spaces Among other findings: • the average residence hall housed 374 students (median over 10 years was 372 - essentially the same) • the space allocated per bed over 10 years averaged out at 333 sq. ft., with the great majority falling into the range of 310-375 sq. ft. (determined by dividing the total space of the residence hall by the number of students to be accommodated). Most residence halls include significant additional space (beyond sleeping areas), including TV rooms, study rooms, laundry rooms, computer centers, kitchens, and social space. More than one-third of new residence halls included classrooms, and one in five included a fitness room. A primary reason students select a campus is the quality of residence hall life. A comfortable, inviting area that balances private space with social interaction is key. KI has strategically developed room management systems to accommodate individual student needs and lifestyles. We understand the unique demands of residence hall living spaces. Our well- designed, high-value furnishings enhance student living. KI helps you create student-preferred living spaces by: • providing students with an attractive, yet simple, atmosphere—just like home • allowing easy and safe adjustments and room configurations • providing convenient access to power and technology p. 66 | Social Spaces