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Social House

In one of the world’s most spectacular university settings, students find comfortable, affordable housing (not to mention a great place to party).

Vancouver, British Columbia

1,600 beds

This project includes an18-storey tower with 157 suites and a 5-storey low-rise with 73 units for a total of 230 units. This student residence layout ranges from studio units through 2, 3 and 4 bedroom suites. Both buildings include an interconnected level of utility/basement space.

The quadrangle

The student housing and commons block are grouped around a landscaped quadrangle, sited with consideration to views. The quadrangle is landscaped to provide a combination of active and passive spaces.

All eyes on the quad

All residential buildings contain ground level lounges and building entrances that face into the quadrangle, encouraging social interaction. Other amenities include ground floor office and retail spaces facing the street or the quadrangle.


Phase 2 includes 2 additional 18-storey towers, a 5- to 7-storey low-rise building and an Amenity Building serving the complete complex.

Project facts

Cost: $138 Million
Size: 75,526 sq. m./ 812,950 sq. ft.
Completed: 2009
Collaborators : LMDG, B+H
Client: The University of British Columbia