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Nano Studio: 140 Sq. Ft. Micro Apartment for Students

This is the Nano Studio: a 140 sq. ft. micro apartment designed for students.

It’s created by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in an effort to offer affordable housing for its students.

Inside, you’ll find a very simple layout with a kitchen, bathroom, and a living area that converts from bedroom to study using multi-functional furniture.

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Nano Studio: 140 Sq. Ft. Micro Apartment for Students

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  • kevin May 23, 2016, 8:31 am

    i think the only addition I would make is adding a microwave to above the cook top.

    • SteveDenver May 24, 2016, 1:38 am

      A microwave range hood would do the trick and not eat up much space. For students on-the-go, a microwave seems compulsory!

  • alice h May 23, 2016, 1:30 pm

    I usually find the bathrooms larger than they need to be for a room with so few functions requiring lots of open space. I would also have added a tiny drop leaf eating table so you could eat your messy meals without involving the desk. Otherwise quite luxurious student digs.

  • Sailhappy May 23, 2016, 3:47 pm

    Who makes the convertible bed-desk? No loft is ok for a single with an overnight guest. With a high ceiling it could even function for two, allowing room for clothes, sports equipment, and food-comfort storage. My wife and I live in 170 sq ft with often one guest. More sleeping on a blow-up on the deck if the weather is good.

  • Kurt May 23, 2016, 4:02 pm

    If I were looking at something like this to live in, I’d want a wall separating the kitchen.

    • Megan May 23, 2016, 6:59 pm

      Simmer apple cider vinegar on the stove to eliminate cooking odors.
      megan

      • Gigi May 26, 2016, 8:34 pm

        Or you can simmer plain water with some cinnamon added; or add a used peppermint tea bag. Citrus peels are a nice addition when available.

  • Gigi May 23, 2016, 4:16 pm

    I would use a pocket door for the bathroom, a toilet with a sink top (refills toilet tank with the sink’s gray water and saves even more floor space), and cabinets or deep shelving above the bed.

    I really want one of those Murphy bed/desk setups when I have my tiny home.

    • SteveDenver May 24, 2016, 1:31 am

      Murphy Beds have really come a long way. There are beds that have a sofa or a desk or a dining table — when the bed goes up, the secondary function is revealed.

  • Rue May 24, 2016, 6:59 am

    I would have been happy as a little clam in a setup like this. Good luck getting me to move out after graduation, even!

    Though, I do agree that a microwave is a dorm necessity; and the wet bath idea is a good one, too.

    • Ava May 24, 2016, 1:48 pm

      That was my first thought too – I’d’ve loved this when I was in school, good luck getting me to leave!

      • Alex May 25, 2016, 3:54 pm

        I agree… this is such a great space for someone just starting out. Either for when in school, or living single starting out career, trying out a new city, etc.

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