The Real Carbuncle: The Low Standard of Student Housing

  • 04 Sep 2013
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Baker House tops Wainwright’s list of the world’s best student . Image © Wikimedia – dDxc

In the wake of two heinous designs for student housing dominating the conversation in the Carbuncle Cup, The Guardian’s Olly Wainwright explores the causes of such poor standards in the field of student accommodation. He explains how the economics and planning regulations surrounding student housing in the UK make it a hugely profitable area of the construction industry, while also making it susceptible to low standards which would be seen as unacceptable in any other housing sector. By contrast, in another article he lists the world’s best designed student accommodation. You can read the full article investigating poor standards here, and his top 10 list here.

Cite: Stott, Rory. "The Real Carbuncle: The Low Standard of Student Housing" 04 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>