Introducing The Student Hotel Concept

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Whether it’s a one-night stay or a three-month extended visit, Amsterdam’s Student Hotel is a new concept that can be called a hybrid, in that – by fusing luxury long-term student accommodation with short-stay facilities for the design-savvy social traveller – caters for both needs.

Founded by Scottish hospitality entrepreneur Charlie MacGregor, this is the fourth kind of student hotel concept (its second in Amsterdam) following the inaugural launch in Rotterdam, almost three years back.

Located in the downtown area of the city, a short stroll from many local hotspots, the property was designed by a design firm who were asked by MacGregor to define everything from the hotel’s strategy to the visual & brand identity. The result is a series of playful common areas, adorned with nice looking graphics and decked with colourful, tailor-made furnishings and matching accessories.

A potential restaurant and even a nightclub is in the works, making The Student Hotel a refreshing alternative to temporary student housing. And causing positive feedback in the world of more formal hospitality, odds are it’s your most affordable bet to stay young as well 😉

Top 10 Universities With The Best Dorms

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#10 – Florida Gulf Coast University

“Great freshman dorms, clean and spacious,” said a student. “Each person gets their own room.”

“Apart from the cost, on-campus housing at FGCU is extraordinary,” another said. “It’s very convenient and has modern amenities to make you comfortable.”

Room and board: $8,384

#9 – Christopher Newport University

“The dorms are very nice, almost like apartments — even for the freshmen,” one student wrote. “They have plenty of living options as you advance in years, and the dorms get better and better. By junior year, each student has their own room, a dining/kitchen area, a living room, full bathroom, and washers and dryers. It is a little costly, but students are getting their money’s worth.”

Room and board: $9,959

#8 – Union University

“The housing is what drew me to Union,” one student admitted. “I didn’t want community bathrooms, and Union definitely doesn’t have that. All dorms are apartment-style, meaning there is a bathroom, four bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room. The freshman/older dorms only have one bathroom, while the quads/newer dorms have two bathrooms and include a washer and dryer.”

Room and board: $9,990

#7 – California Baptist University

“I love living on campus,” said a student. “It gives a whole new aspect to the college experience. Coming from out of state, it is nice to have a clean, spacious living area, even as a freshman. The community is so welcoming and there are a lot of events offered to get yourself involved in.”

Room and board: $9,220

#6 – Rice University

“Rice uses a college housing system similar to the house system in Harry Potter,” said one student. “You matriculate with a certain college and usually stay with the same college until you graduate. This system generates really friendly and close-knit college communities. Each college has a slightly different culture, government, dormitory style, and housing process.”

Room and board: $13,000

#5 – Yale University

One student breaks down campus housing at Yale: “One of my favorite things about Yale is the housing system. When you enter Yale your freshman year you are randomly assigned to one of 12 ‘residential colleges’ which are basically just different dorms you are associated with for the next four years. Each residential college has its own dining hall, common room, and basement with various amenities (your college may have a gym, a theater, a music room, or more!).”

Room and board: $13,500

#4 – High Point University

“On-campus housing at High Point is incredible! All of the dorms have either been recently renovated or are brand-new,” boasted one student. “The college housing is beautifully maintained, spacious, and upgraded. Even the standard dorms on campus are nicer than what most college students live in during all four years of school.”

Room and board: $11,480

#3 – Regent University

“Our rooms are so spacious!” raved a student. “Each room has its own kitchen and bathroom along with living room and bedroom; it’s practically an apartment. It’s the greatest thing in the world. It’s such a great place to retreat at the end of the day.”

Room and board: $8,430

#2 – Bowdoin College

“Bowdoin first-years live in rooms that are nicer than many upperclassmen get at competing schools,” wrote one student. “Dorms are equipped with laundry and bike storage in the basements, and the rooms are either quads (a common room and two bedrooms) or doubles (a common room and a bedroom).”

“There is a definite reason why nearly all students choose to live on-campus all four years,” wrote another.

Room and board: $12,388

#1 – Washington University in St-Louis

“The modern dorms are like castles,” said a student.

“The dorms here are wonderful; they are spacious, with nice carpeting and Tempur-Pedic mattresses,” another said. “Most dorms have personal bathrooms shared among 4-6 others, and the school provides cleaning staff to clean the showers, sinks, and bathroom stalls. The dorms are pretty expensive, but they are luxurious compared to many other universities.”

Room and board: $13,502

Get Groceries Delivered to your Dorm

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With being so busy with your classes and homework, as well as group work & meetings along with exam prep, it’s safe to assume that you probably do not have enough time to go grocery shopping.  Well now, you have solutions to fix this problem for you!

More and more grocery delivery services are popping up all over the place.  The way it works is very easy:

  1. You order your groceries online on the company’s website
  2. You pay, along with a small fee for delivery
  3. You get your groceries delivered to your door!

It’s that simple.  If time is a concern and you simply can’t fit grocery shopping into your schedule, this may very well be the service for you.  Here are the top services and their fees:

  • Fresh Direct (local & organic food) $5.99 delivery fee with min. $30 order
  • Amazon Fresh (food & household items) $7.99 delivery fee
  • Boxed (nonperishables & household items) Free delivery with min. $50 order
  • Instacart (items from Costco & WholeFoods) $3.99 delivery fee
  • Google Express (items from big box stores) $4.99 delivery fee

Not all services are available everywhere, so you have to put in your zip/postal code to see if the service works in your region.  Typically, you get your order delivered the same day or the next day depending on the time of the order.  In any event, this type of service is growing at a rate 6.5 times the one of the regular grocery industry.  There is a definite need for this service and busy students are certainly one large market that can benefit from it.

Most Stunning Dorms for Students in the US

It’s your first year of college and you move into a whitewashed room with a twin bed, and a cookie cutter desk. This is the college dorm experience that most of us had. However, there are some dorms that seem more like luxury getaways than dorm residences. Here is a countdown of the dorms that will leave you dumbfounded and maybe a little envious

Hub at Tucson at the University of Arizona, Tucson

All rooms have private baths, walk in closets,  private washer and dryers. Dorm amenities include conference rooms, saunas and full gym. Sounds more like a dream resort than an actual college dorm.

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Callaway House at University of Texas, Austin

So you feel like skipping the whole dorm experience. The waiting in line at dining halls, the borderline unstable roommate, the paper thin walls and mystery finds in the communal bathroom? The Callaway house has got you covered. Stainless Steel appliances that would make a suburban mom jealous, leather couches to relax on and your own maid service.

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Morgens Hall at The University of Cincinnati- Cincinnati, Ohio  

Floor to ceiling windows allow the Cincinnati sun to flood in. Go with eco- friendly feature and a sweeping view of the lush  greenery on campus

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The Lawn at the University of Virginia – Charlotte

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, living at the University of Virginia is considered an honour. Instead of the modern luxuries afforded to many other dorms, the Lawn at the University of Virginia is steeped in a deep history. However, you are expected to be a scholar and a leader if you are allowed to live at the The Lawn

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The Units at the University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley offers high rise style condos for students. Enjoy a view of the  Bay, as you lounge on your balcony. Berkeley is a small city filled with greenery and hippie charm, with San Francisco just a short bus ride away

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