Bigger is better, right? Not necessarily! While that may have been true in the past, especially when it came to houses, the opposite seems to be the path most young people are taking these days. Over at the University of British Columbia, minimal living has reached a new level. The UBC nano suites, which were made available to some students this year, offer just 140 square feet of living space.
That seems like it would be impossible to manage, or that it would drive a person crazy. However, just looking at the design and layout of the rooms, it's clear that a lot of thought went into how to use the space efficiently.
Each of these nano suites includes a bathroom with shower and a kitchenette that comes with a sink, fridge, microwave, and stovetop. The real star of the show, however, is the convertible desk and bed. Combining the two biggest pieces of furniture that are usually found in a room allows for more economical use of space.
So far, 71 students have elected to live in the new nano-suites, which run about $700 a month and are located in the Campus's Exchange building. UBC housing facilities director David Kiloh told CTV News that the tiny apartments were designed for students who wanted to stay on campus but still pay a bit less for living space.
Despite the small living space, the building itself features plenty of other amenities for students, including a gym and a games room. So, if any of them ever start to get a bit of cabin fever in their tiny rooms, they can always stretch their legs a bit.
Smaller living spaces, such as tiny houses, have become more popular in recent years, due to their low cost and minimalist appeal. Sometimes, a tiny bit of space is just the right amount for someone.