Top 5 coolest student property developments in the world

Top 5 coolest student property developments in the world

With Vita Student set to launch the most impressive new student housing in York, we look at some of the coolest developments across the globe.

If you’ve not already heard, Vita Student will be redefining York university accommodation in 2017.

Vita Student Village York will become one of the coolest new student developments in the UK when it opens its doors next September. Covering an area the size of more than two football pitches and set among amazing landscaped gardens, it will create a new vibrant community of students in the heart of one of Britain’s most historic city centres.

So as we prepare to launch this awesome development that will change the face of student housing in York and the rest of the country, we’ve found five of the coolest student residences from around the world:

Name: Simmons Hall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)
Location: Cambridge, USA
Opened: 2002
Size: Accommodation for 334 students

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Just look at it! Have you ever lived in a building that looks anything like that?!

Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Sponge’ for obvious reasons, Simmons Hall is easily one of the quirkiest looking student buildings in the world. It provides single, double and triple rooms for students attending M.I.T., currently ranked as one of the top five universities in the world.

Simmons Hall has its own internal ‘government’ run by its residents, which meet to discuss everything from organising events to planning new additions and installations to the building. In addition, it also boasts its own indoor ball-pit (amazing!) and a smoothie bar serving drinks consistently judged to be some of the tastiest in America.

Name: Spacebox
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Opened: 2001
Size: Over 300 individual studios

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They might look like a lot of giant shoe boxes piled up, but the Spacebox offers some of the most ingenious design you’ll ever come across.

Inside each ‘box’ is a fully equipped, self-contained studio apartment, offering a kitchen, bathroom and, crucially, lots of space and natural light.

They’re made using composite, a material traditionally used in the aviation and shipbuilding industries. This makes each ‘box’ incredibly light (each one weighs about the same as the average car), while remaining strong and durable. Crucially, each unit is also 100% recyclable.

Name: Cité a Docks
Location: Le Havre, France
Opened: 2010
Size: Over 100 apartments

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If someone told you that when you go to university that you’d choose to live inside an old shipping container, you’d probably be trying to guess what kind of bad life choices would lead you to have to make that choice!

But that’s exactly the choice that students in the French city of Le Havre make every year. That’s because these shipping containers have been used to create amazing living spaces. Each one contains a bathroom and kitchen, while the outsides have been reinforced with concrete fire walls to make sure that they stay nice and warm, too.

This town of containers not only looks really cool, but also embraces the history of this port city.

Name: Tietgenkollegiet
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Opened: 2006
Size: 360 rooms

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A building that immediately creates a community through its circular shape, Tietgenkollegiet is inspired by Chinese architecture and has even won European awards for its ground-breaking design.

Flats inside this seven-storey structure are divided into blocks, with common kitchen and dining areas helping students to develop strong relationships within each block. All interiors are incredibly modern, while students are actively encouraged to participate in the building’s committee and events.

Name: Olympic Village
Location: Munich, Germany
Opened: Refurbished 2007
Size: 1,853 apartments

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If you’re into sport, how good would it be to live in a village that once housed Olympic athletes?! Well that’s what some students in Munich can do by living here at the city’s former Olympic Village, first developed and opened for the 1972 Summer Games.

Having been transformed and updated in 2007, this development has quickly become the most popular place to live for students in the Bavarian capital. Comprising self-contained flats with roof terraces, students are even allowed to paint the front of their houses, which splashes the development in colour. Residents can also enjoy communal facilities that include a bar and café, while the village even has its own bank and post office!

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