BRITISH COLUMBIA

UBC Unveils Tiny 'Nano' Apartments

02/22/2016 04:16 EST | Updated 02/22/2016 04:59 EST

Here's what students strapped for cash and space could look forward to if they're attending the University of British Columbia (UBC).

The school unveiled a full-scale model of a 140 sq.-ft. apartment to show what a pilot project will look like once it's built on campus in a few years.

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Each apartment will have a kitchen, bathroom, study area that turns into a bed. (Use slider tool below, or watch video above.)

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Monthly rent will range from $675 to $695 once they're available in 2019 — up to 50 per cent less than other housing options on campus.

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UBC announced the project last June, saying the units will provide "a much lower-priced option for students who have significant affordability challenges and who would appreciate this kind of living environment."

The 70 suites will be a part of the $70-million, four-tower Gage South Student Residence, which — once completed — could house up to 600 students.

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Watch a timelapse of the "Nano's" construction below:

UBC SHHS Nano Suite Timelapse from Picture and Color on Vimeo.

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