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Goldsmiths University is featured in Property Week's report on key trends in the student accommodation market.

Following several years of remarkable growth, the student accommodation sector is increasingly establishing itself as a mainstream asset class. As a result, the best minds in the sector are going back to the drawing board and thinking hard about how their developments can best meet students' needs and aspirations.

The provision of private bedrooms may seem like a given to British students, but Hawkins\Brown are picking up on a common trend in the US market and experimenting with twin rooms at Goldsmiths University.

“There has been a move away from the base ensuite room offering to student village design to the use of twin bedrooms more common in America.”

Esther Metcalf Architect, Hawkins\Brown

The study space at Goldsmiths University is also featured as a key trend. With increased tuition fees, undergraduates take their studies far more seriously, so the need for better study spaces, as opposed to leisure amenities such as the gym or games room, is increasing.

“In the past, some student accommodation has the potential to be quite patronising. The use of plywood and more neutral tones in the Goldsmith's project moves away from this, presenting a more grown-up but homely environment. The approach is respectful of the investment students need to place in their studies.”

Esther Metcalf Architect, Hawkins\Brown

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