What does the ideal student accommodation in Australia look like?

Campus Perth, a new design-driven co-living student hub in Perth, Australia set to launch early 2019, may just hold the answer to that.

Fully-equipped with all the technological knick-knacks and designed by award-winning design studio Woods Bagot, the 11-floor student housing located on 80 Stirling Street looks like it has it all.

Here, students will share apartments between one- to six-bedroom – each with high-speed Wi-Fi, lockable drawers, ensuite bathrooms, individual study desks, card access doors, and USB charging hubs. These, as well as The Link (a co-working space) and The Commons (a social/gaming room), were built with an emphasis on “design, functionality, and technology”.

Bunk beds at some of the bedrooms at Campus Perth. Source: GHC Asia

A ‘Twodio’ is a 31 square metre living space, complete with a bathroom, kitchen, individual twin beds, desks, and lockable drawers. Source: GHC Asia

It’s a blurring of the lines between traditional student accommodation and a co-living space “to deliver the next generation of student accommodation,” according to GCP Hospitality Chief Marketing Officer Marc Bichet. GCP is the global hospitality and accommodation firm operating Campus Perth.

Bichet continued, “We coupled GCP Hospitality’s experience and knowledge of international design and lifestyle trends within hotels, restaurants and co-living environments with Woods Bagot’s local insight and global practice in experiential architecture to create a space that celebrates all realms of student living and encapsulates the Campus brand.”

The Commons features a gaming room, snooze, and social areas. Source: GHC Asia

Campus Perth also contains a fully-equipped fitness centre, a laundry floor, a BBQ rooftop and fully-equipped communal kitchens on each floor for students – facilities that underscore a key consideration for the building, ie. “to support the multi-tasking of students” and to “elevate” the lifestyle of an urban university student.

Social events, such as movie and games nights, potluck dinners and yoga classes, will be scheduled by one “Campus Guru” who will be in charge of fostering a “community atmosphere” at the campus.

Woods Bagot principal and Campus Perth interior design project leader Eva Sue said: “The project adopts the concept of co-living to blend spaces and create engaging and dynamic communities which allow students to engage communally and collectively, while also enjoying individual experiences.”

Sue added, “The diversity and unique identity of each space offers a choice for students in how they socialise, study, collaborate and seek retreat. The spaces are designed to be fun, to inspire and motivate, with elements of surprise and delight.”

Spaces designed to be fun, inspiring and motivating, according to Campus Perth interior design project leader, Eva Sue. Source: GHC Asia

According to Student.com, weekly rent start from A$162 for shared rooms, A$250 for private rooms and A$335 for the entire place. This covers government rates, legal fees, management fees, electricity and water, hi-speed Wi-Fi, air conditioning, access to washers and dryers as well as 24/7 security.

In Perth, the average rent for student housing is A$240, making it the sixth highest in the country, behind Sydney, Melbourne, Wollongong, Adelaide, and Brisbane. The national average is AU$358, the highest globally.

(AU$1 equals US$0.71 at the time of writing)

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