Student accommodation

Student experience sets benchmark for young renters

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Student accommodation with high quality private and communal facilities is setting the benchmark for rented accommodation as young adults look for the convenience of a live-work-play lifestyle in the next stage of their lives.

The build-to-rent sector is increasingly looking to meet these housing aspirations by focusing on designs that offer luxurious accommodation with the convenience of on-site amenities and professional customer service. In contrast to the co-living model, aimed at those looking for a short term rental, developers are offering premium accommodation for young professionals looking for long term rental options.

Build-to-rent developments sited in convenient locations close to transport links and urban facilities with a mix of public and communal spaces alongside well-appointed private accommodation are proving attractive to potential tenants and increasing retention rates. While the external design links the building to the local environment for a sense of place, well thought out interior layouts create a sense of community and belonging by facilitating resident interaction with the space and their neighbours.

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Above image features Warm Ash RKP8103

Generous entrance lobbies and communal spaces offer desirable services to both residents and public, such as co-working environments and leisure facilities like café-bars and gyms. A neutral interior design, based on a palette of natural colours, materials and textures can effortlessly create a link between spaces while different colour accents, furnishing styles and floor treatments can give each area its own distinct personality.

Specifying materials for durability and standardisation is key, ensuring that property management and repairs can be undertaken quickly and cost effectively. Selecting product ranges that meet technical requirements as well as offer a wide design choice enables designers to create a sense of individuality between communal spaces and private accommodation units.

In communal spaces a natural design flooring with a robust wear layer will withstand the demands of high footfall. The versatility of our gluedown ranges offers the potential for a highly individual look combined with industrial-grade durability. Available in a huge choice of distinctive designs in a range of plank and tile sizes, it’s possible to create an interior full of character with a combination of complementary or contrasting flooring designs.

Student accommodation

Above image features Light Distressed Oak VGW111T

Private apartments designed for a sense of space will benefit from large windows to increase natural light, neutral colour schemes, practical fittings and furnishings that will maximise the area, as well as easy to clean flooring that reduces noise transfer to the floor below.

Meeting all the specification requirements for rented living spaces, our loose lay ranges are available in a wide choice of authentic wood, stone and concrete designs. Featuring an easy fit format for simple installation and repairs, surface protection system for easy cleaning, compatibility with underfloor heating systems and enhanced acoustic qualities ideal for multi-level developments.

With a focus on style, convenience and customer service, build-to-rent developments that look towards flexibility and durability are well placed to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic target audience which is keen to keep ahead of the latest lifestyle trends. What’s your experience? Share your latest project with us on Instagram @karndean_uk or Pinterest.

Next month, we’ll be discussing flexible working and how it’s appealing for Gen Z.

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