Higher Education Spaces

Drawing Commuter Students In

Source: KI lounge application

Source: KI lounge application

Engage Students

Architects and designers needs to appeal to students and their need. This means including a space with:

  • Variation of Space- It’s important to incorporate traditional classrooms with areas integrated with stools, couches and comfortable corner areas. Allowing students to find what they prefer and use that space to learn.

  • Flexibility of Spaces- Movable, durable furniture like modular sofas or tables with wheels allow for more freedom and access when students are looking for a place to stay in between classes or when they are doing work.

Bonus Amenities

A key point to creating an inspiring atmosphere is not only it’s furniture but also its design aesthetic. It’s important to have natural light to offer an open and free feeling. Technology is also key. Wireless connectivity and power outlets are crucial for students nowadays. Food is an aspect that often gets over looked. It is not just about vending machines anymore. Students, and especially commuter students, need to have the accommodations needed to fuel them properly. Cafe’s or coffee stations are a key component in offering not only space to socialize and work but also, providing the proper food.

Make it Feel Like Home

In order to allow students to feel welcome and comfortable in their environment, they need to be given the right elements. For example, adding in a few extra signs and directions around staircases and doorways is an easy way to provide helpful hints to the newcomers. Straying away from tile, institutional flooring is also a great way to add a homey feel. Instead of the basic tiling, adding in carpeted floors or strategically place rugs can provide better acoustics and more comfort. The main point is create new opportunities for commuters,and students in general, to thrive.

Alisa Verratti