Student Accommodation (Female)

Hi :wave: I would greatly appreciate any advice on how to better this design. It’s student accommodation for females. I went for a unique and funky vibe. A space with its own personality.
There is a kitchen, two bedrooms, and a bathroom.
Thank you very much for your insights!

Designing Daisy :sunflower: (Cause there aren’t any daisy emojis)


Moved to the Gallery.

Looks like the hallway is 1.5x the size of the bedrooms. Seems a waste of space IMO.

No lounge area?

P.S. - SketchUp has an export image feature so you don’t need to post the entire display area (with taskbar, menus and application caption bar. (Then there is also the Windows built-in Snipping Tool.)


Thank you so much @DanRathbun.
I searched for a way to export the file but I am very new to this Community😄 So thank you very much.

On the lounge note, would you rather change the hallway into a lounge area or make the hallway smaller? I’m trying to keep the entire place in a cubic form.

Thank you very much

Designing Daisy🌻

Inside SketchUp … File > Export > 2D Graphic…
Or just use the Windows Snipping Tool to outline the area, then CTRL+C and CTRL+V in the forum posting box to paste the “snip” as a PNG image.

I’d eliminate the hallway by rotating the bedrooms and bathroom 90 degrees. (Then the saved space can be used as the lounge.)

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Thank you so so much @DanRathbun
I will make the necessary changes to make my place as amazing as possible🤩

I really appreciate it🌻

Thank you very much @mihai.s

I like this layout a lot! Very unique. :star_struck:

I’ll make sure to use this layout very soon!:sunflower:

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I like it, but all of the spaces are HUGE! As Dan said, the hallway is a lot of wasted space, and the bathroom has a huge amount of unused floorspace. You could slide the wall with the doors back, making the rooms smaller and make the hallway into a nice lounge/living room. The other thing I noted is that there is no closet space in the bedrooms. While not required, storage space is always a plus!

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In our parts most new student accommodation comes in the form of studio apartments and dorms with shared kitchens and baths have become unpopular even when the rent is cheap.

It looks terribly comfortable to me … especially the wide open spaces. However, bear in mind that when I was growing up, we were cooking over an open fire and making chalk drawings on the rock walls. Interior design was so much simpler back then :wink:

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Thank you @TheOnlyAaron. I like the idea of pushing the wall back quite a lot!:star_struck: If you look at the right side of each bedroom door, there are closets​:blush: I also put a closet in the hallway as well as extra storage space under the bed and study desk.

Thank you so much for your help🌻

Ohh wow @anssi… I would like to design something like that as well!
It’s just that most of the students at my university live in student houses, so I decided to have a bit of fun with that, which I did😄

Thank you a lot🌻

:joy::joy::joy: Thanks a lot @jimhami42
I appreciate the feedback and insight😄 Don’t know if you noticed but one of my walls is a feature ‘chalkboard’ wall in which the student can draw as well😉 Guess some things never go out of fashion🌻

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When I started my studies (long, long ago) the dorm unit had room for 12 students in 8 rooms, a kitchen and two bathrooms, and this was the most modern of the student villages. Today no one wants to share a bedroom with a stranger any more.

This might depend on the stranger😀

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Rental units typically demand efficiency of space for a good return on investment. Efficiency of space is also crucial for the tenants. The attached sketch is pretty efficient. One thing to remember for residential units is that spaces that are more square than rectilinear are more efficient than long skinny spaces. Also, irregularly shaped spaces are less efficient that regularly shaped spaces. Finally, it is not a good idea to place a bunk bed next to a window, unless rails are on the side with the window.

Student.skp (172.0 KB)

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Thank you very very much for the helpful information​:blush: I appreciate it a lot!:sunflower:

All good suggestions so far. Consider a small half wall blocking the toilet from view in the bathroom. Makes it nicer to use and disappears a bit when not in use.
Or with a bathroom that big in a communal space, consider splitting the toilet out into a separate water closet room so the toilet and shower can but used separately.

I love that idea so much! Thank you very much @endlessfix :sunflower:

This reminds me of the housing “village” at Kresge (“K-Mart”) College. I believe the architect was Charles Moore. I didn’t attend there. I was in a different college next door, but it was ahead of its time and I spent some hours there in the “ahem” female accommodations. And then there were the co-ed “sextets” (referring to the layout or number of residents).