Third-year UBC student Yvonne Ko in her 140-square-foot nano suite at UBC’s Exchange Residences on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. JASON PAYNE / PNG

A group of students arriving at the University of British Columbia this month is the first to live in the school’s new “nano suites.” UBC has created the spaces to help control the cost of living while making up for a shortage of rentals in the Vancouver housing market. CBC reports that the 140-square-foot apartments have a small kitchen, a bathroom, and a Murphy bed that turns into a desk. Andrew Parr, managing director at UBC’s student housing and hospitality services, said that the units have been very well-received thus far, yet notes that even though UBC has added 4,000 student beds in the past eight years at a cost of $500M, there are still 6,000 students on the wait list for campus housing.

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