A micro-suite pilot project at UBC has cleared another hurdle. The 43 tiny suites are slated to be part of a new student residence opening in 2016.
Andrew Parr with the university says now the Board of Governors has given the student housing project approval, it will go to student consultation in the fall.
“One of the things that we are going to be doing is making a full size mock up unit that we’ll actually place in a high traffic area like the student union.”
Parr says if 145 square feet micro units go ahead, they’ll rent for about 680 dollars. That’s compared to the 1000-dollars a month the current smallest units – 230 sqaure feet – will fetch at that time.
“The idea is to provide a wide range of options for students that give them a range of affordability and types of units.”
So far Parr says no other North American university has tried this kind of mini unit housing.