UBC students move into new micro units as waitlist grows for on-campus living

More than 5,000 University of British Columbia students moved onto campus in Vancouver this Saturday, including into 71 new "nano suites."The 140-square-foot apartments have a small kitchen, a bathroom, and a Murphy bed that turns into a desk. Andrew Parr, managing director at UBC's student housing and hospitality services, said so far the units have been "incredibly popular and well-received.""It's a really positive early indication from students," Parr said. "We're pretty optimistic that this will be a positive pilot."Thousands on wait listParr said the primary reason for building the units was to provide a range of affordable living options for students. The apartments rent for $701 per month, which Parr said is half of what a one-bedroom would cost on campus. The apartments are part of The Exchange, a new building built on top of the new bus terminus in the centre of campus, and is part of the university's ongoing efforts to keep up with housing demands.The Exchange is UBC's newest residence. ...Read more

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