Never Stay In A Luxury Student Homes If You Want Better Grades

According to a current study, our living spaces have a lot of impact on our learning. Those who live in student homes with “socialising architecture” have higher first-semester grand point averages, according to US researchers. These Luxury Student Homes, which are becoming increasingly popular, are created in such a way that it include the latest amenities and increased privacy, take away from the ‘true’ residence hall experience.

Joshua T Brown and Fred Folk from Times Higher Education said: “As luxury student housing entices a student to enrol in a given institution over another, so is the design elements which may undermine academic performance and potentially exacerbate race and class differences for students population as suggested by our new research study”.

Amenity-rich luxury student homes are mushrooming, including gyms, cinemas, games rooms as well as housekeeping services. This provides a standard of living that has never been heard of for students in previous decades. While upper-middle class students are able to afford these swanky pads, less affluent ones are forced to live elsewhere. The result that was found is a division of the student population along family wealth.

Thomas Laidley, a doctoral candidate in the University of New York from sociology department whose researched urban stratification and inequality, spoke to Bloomberg and said: “The rise of luxury student homes can have perverse and unintended consequences”.

This new research is suggesting another downside to high-end student homes. Researchers compared two types of student housing design; the first one is a traditional double-corridor design with shared bathrooms at the ends while the second one is a luxury-style apartment with privacy and added amenities. The first one is said to encourage more communal and socialising experience among students compare to the second one.

According to the results discovered from our study, “It appears that all students who lived in the traditional, more socialising residence demonstrated higher first semester grade point averages. The results of the study is the opposite of the consumer demands that emphasises preferences for luxury and privacy, but they complement prior research that examines student academic success as well as a sense of belonging”.

In terms of underrepresented minority students, who lives with students with the same or similar ethnicity in more socialising spaces also had higher first semester GPAs compared to their peers who lives in a more expensive luxury student homes.

Researchers believe that luxury student homes “likely or may limits student interaction through their design elements that emphasised high levels of privacy”. This limits students from socialising as well as interacting with other students “like themselves” (minority with minority) as well as “different from themselves” (white with minority), thus contributing to a “less rich educational experience for all”.