Nano micro suites part of new student residence building at UBC

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Gage South student residences micro suites
Rendering of the UBC Exchange and Gage South student residences - a unique project combining traditional student residences, micro suites and a transit bus exchange. Credit: DIALOG

71 new “nano suites” or micro apartments will open in 2019 at UBC as part of an innovative new residence building combining student housing and a transit exchange.

The nano suites measure 140 sq ft. and contain everything a student might need: a pull-down bed/desk, kitchen with mini fridge and a bathroom with stand-up shower. The nano suites are fully furnished and will rent for between $675-$695 per month when the building opens in 2019 — a bargain on Vancouver’s pricey west side.

High-speed internet is included, and residents will have access to a games room, fitness studio, music practice rooms, study lounges, meeting rooms and storage lockers. Bicycle storage will also be available.

Video: Nano suite virtual tour

Nano suite kitchen
Nano suite kitchen. Credit: UBC
Desk with pull-down bed
Desk with pull-down bed. Credit: UBC
Nano suite foldable bed
Bed and sitting area. Credit: UBC
Bathroom with stand-up shower
Bathroom with stand-up shower. Credit: UBC
Nano suite layout
Layout of nano suite showing convertible desk/bed. Credit: UBC
Nano suite layout
Layout showing bed extended full width. Credit: UBC

The nano suites are part of a new student residence building at UBC, incorporating the TransLink bus exchange. There will be three buildings constructed over the transit exchange, ranging seven to 14 storeys. In total, there will be 651 new student beds in the new buildings.

The development, designed by DIALOG and developed by UBC Properties Trust, will feature ground-level bus storage for 15 buses, with apartments above. The residential units will be built using materials that minimize sound transfer.

Interestingly, the development has been designed so that a future Skytrain or subway connection can be accommodated.

The podium level will feature an outdoor rooftop amenity terrace with barbecue area, ping pong tables, bocce court and landscaping.

Project facts

  • Number of dwelling units: 362
  • Number of beds: 651
    • Nano suites: 71
    • Studio: 93
    • One bedroom: 77
    • Two bedroom: 19
    • Four bedroom: 84
    • Townhomes (2 bedroom): 18
  • TransLink bus operator facilities: 1,862 sq ft.
Gage South student residences micro suites
Entrance to transit exchange, which is partially located under the student residence building. Credit: DIALOG
Gage South student residences micro suites
Rendering of UBC Exchange and Gage South student residences at dusk. Credit: DIALOG