Exchange Residence at UBC Opens to Students
Exchange Residence at the University of British Columbia is now fully occupied. The final contingent of students moved into the new 290,000 sq ft residence building at UBC’s Vancouver campus over the Labour Day long weekend, joining other students who had moved in earlier in the summer.
The building features more than 650 beds, spread among nano suites, studio apartments, one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites, four-bedroom suites, and two-bedroom townhouses.
The biggest buzz surrounding Exchange, by far, has been about the 71 nano suites. The nanos are 140 sq ft self-contained, independent living apartments with all the comforts of home, including a bed that converts into a desk, a small kitchen space, a bathroom with a shower and storage space.
Student reaction to the nanos has been very positive on all fronts. One third-year student, Yvonne Ko, even created a YouTube video to show the world what it’s like to live in a nano suite.
The other major DIALOG-designed component of this project, the UBC Bus Exchange, opened to the public earlier this summer. The bus exchange is made up of a 15-bus layover area underneath the three-storey podium that the residence sits on, a passenger disembarking area adjacent to the residence, and a pick-up area that runs perpendicular to the residence at the south end of the site.
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