Social-study spaces that bring students out of their rooms
In theory, residence hall lounges and common areas provide easy, accessible spaces to meet friends, hang out and study in a semi-social environment. They can be an important element in building community and fostering students’ psychosocial development, especially in a first-year residence.
Yet in reality, students too often remain in their rooms, leaving these spaces underused or even empty. How do you entice students to use the spaces that are meant for their own success?
Treanor Architects, along with the University of Kansas and support from Steelcase Furniture, conducted a controlled research study at Sam Houston State University to find the answer. Here’s what they found:
Living Room Concept - Sam Houston State University Underutilized Social Space Study