Proposed college mini studios register at 140 square feet and cost less than $700 a month

The University of British Columbia wants to help solve the problem of pricey on-campus housing by offering students a new option: micro-apartments. The university plans to add 70 units of these Nano Studios in the Gage South Student Residence on campus. Each suite will be 140 square feet, and feature a single or double bed that folds up into a desk, a kitchenette with a two-burner stove, sink, storage, mini fridge and freezer, and a full bathroom with shower and sink.

Nano residents will have access to other amenities in the building, including bike storage, a fitness center, and meeting, game and lounge rooms. All units will include high speed Wi-Fi, and rent is estimated to be just under $700. The building and expansion of Gage South residence is expected to be completed until 2019. In the meantime, current students can visit a demo unit of the Nano Studio in the (newly renovated) AMS Student Nest building until April 1.

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