UNI STU­DENT DIGS TAK­ING ON A WHOLE NEW LOOK

The Courier-Mail - Property - - REALESTATE NEWS -

FOR­GET dingy rentals and cramped on-cam­pus dorms, Bris­bane’s new­est stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion makes study­ing seem more like a hol­i­day.

Gyms, pools, saunas and ten­nis courts are among the fea­tures of some of Bris­bane’s most lux­u­ri­ous stu­dent-tai­lored build­ings, in­clud­ing UniRe­sort and Gen­e­sis 1 in Up­per Mt Gra­vatt, Ur­ban­est in South Bank and UniLodge at St Lu­cia and Bris­bane City.

UniRe­sort busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Jonathan Leish­man said Bris­bane’s stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion had changed dra­mat­i­cally in the past decade.

“Prior to 2004 the main op­tions avail­able to stu­dents were shared hous­ing in stan­dard rented houses and apart­ments or some dor­mi­tory-style on-cam­pus ac­com­mo­da­tion,” he said.

“As the num­ber of stu­dents seek­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion has grown and the ex­pec­ta­tions they have has changed there’s been an ob­vi­ous need arise in the real es­tate in­dus­try for a more bou­tique style.”

He said UniRe­sort was, as the name sug­gested, like a re­sort.

Brazil­ian stu­dent Rafaella Seleme said she chose UniRe­sort for its qual­ity of life.

“Pool, sauna, gym, in­ter­net and good people, (it has) all these qual­i­ties to­gether in one place,” she said. “It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence to live with other people. You learn about the cul­ture of other coun­tries and cre­ate bonds of friend­ship. These people trans­form this ex­pe­ri­ence (into) hap­pier times.”

Ms Seleme is study­ing English at ILSC Bris­bane.

Fel­low res­i­dent Michael Robertson has lived at UniRe­sort for two years while study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion at Grif­fith Univer­sity’s nearby Nathan cam­pus and said it was bet­ter than tra­di­tional stu­dent hous­ing.

“In other places it ’s just a room with no win­dows and no pool. This is a lot bet­ter,” he said.

“The price is pretty much com­pa­ra­ble with other places.”

He paid $210 per week and util­i­ties, 20GB of in­ter­net per month and gym ac­cess were in­cluded.

UniRe­sort has 64 apart­ments with four to six rooms in each priced from $145 per week. An­other non-tra­di­tional stu­dent pad is Ur­ban­est in South Bank.

The fully ten­anted com­plex fea­tures a gym, cin­ema, games room and bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties.

Chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer David Munro said Ur­ban­est was pur­pose-built and of­fered the chance for stu­dents to live in­de­pen­dently while still hav­ing ac­cess to all-hours on-site sup­port.

“Stu­dents stay­ing at Ur­ban­est have the ad­van­tage of liv­ing in an en­gaged and ac­tive stu­dent com­mu­nity specif­i­cally de­signed to meet their needs,” Mr Munro said.

Rooms at Ur­ban­est range in price from $185 to $490 per per­son per week.

Michael Robertson and Rafaella Seleme en­joy liv­ing at UniRe­sort in Bris­bane.

Bris­bane univer­sity stu­dents use the gym at Ur­ban­est (top), and (above) there’s plenty of leisure space at UniRe­sort.

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