UNI STUDENT DIGS TAKING ON A WHOLE NEW LOOK
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.