Yvonne Ko is among the 71 students lucky enough to snag a nano suite at UBC’s newly opened Exchange Residence this fall.
“Living in a 140-square-foot nano suite may sound cramped to some, but not to University of B.C. student Yvonne Ko.
“I’m a pretty minimalistic person and for me, this space was exactly what I needed,” said the 19-year-old interdisciplinary studies student.
Ko is among the 71 students — out of 1,300 applicants — lucky enough to snag a nano suite at the university’s newly opened Exchange Residence this fall. The micro apartments are each equipped with a kitchenette, a bathroom with standup shower and a double bed that swings up to make room for a desk.
Students looking to socialize can still do so. The Exchange Building offers a gym, a games room, music practice and study rooms, and even a nook with an electric fireplace where students can lounge.
“I still feel like a part of the community because it’s within such a big area for you to just roam around and socialize,” said Ko.
After moving from Toronto, Ko spent her first year at UBC living at another campus residence with a shared bathroom and kitchen. For her second year, she moved off-campus to a $925-a-month bedroom in a shared suite with a less-than-ideal roommate situation.
When Ko saw photos of a nano suite mockup, she knew immediately it was what she wanted. The suites cost just $700 a month, a far cry from the approximately $1,200-a-month studio apartments Ko had seen off-campus while searching for this school year’s accommodations.”
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