Whether you’re investing in a student-friendly condo or living in one, buying a unit with these amenities will pay off in the long run.
What makes a condo an ideal place for students to live in? Is it the proximity to schools, the presence of great amenities, or the design of the actual unit? It’s all of these and more, actually. The idea of living independently is being on your own and being able to take on your responsibilities in the most practical way possible. A condo designed specifically for a student’s needs allows residents to do just that: get to school on time without spending too much on transportation, buy groceries in the wee hours of the morning, do online research even when you’ve reached the limit of your mobile data, and run laps without the danger of running into traffic.
If you’re looking to invest in a condo whether for yourself, your child, or as a second source of income, make sure the project you choose has these amenities.
Convenient unit layout
It’s common knowledge that a first condo often comes with a small space, which is why a well-planned layout is the best way to make sure you get the most of what room you have.
A smart unit layout ensures that students get the most out of the space they have in their condo. (Photo via Shutterstock)
For one, DEI Properties’ 15-story Forbes Hall in Sampaloc, Manila, has what they call the Student Pod or SPod that caters to the space-saving student. The SPod is a specially designed all-in-one loft-type furniture that incorporates the bed, study station, and storage spaces while still leaving room for movement. Units with SPods are designed for three occupants (three SPods per unit), so siblings or friends can easily share one condo. Forbes Hall is currently renting out SPods for around Php5,000–Php6,000 a month.
Space Taft, Major Homes’ 28-story condormitel along Taft Avenue, Manila has also adopted the loft-style layout to make smart use of space in their units. In doing so, they’ve been able to fit three or four beds, study desks, kitchen, toilet and bath, and closets. Major Homes has applied the concept to their other Manila condormitels as well, namely the 38-story Space U-Belt along Recto Avenue, the 28-level Space San Marcelino along San Marcelino Street, and the 28-floor Space Romualdez along Romualdez Street. A 15-sqm Space Taft condormitel unit that sleeps three can go for around Php1.9 million.
Sometimes, studying in your own room can prove challenging especially with temptations such as the TV and your comfy bed calling you away from your textbooks. This is why getting a condo with features such as a library or study lounge is necessary: these quiet, easily accessible areas within your condo complex will allow you to get some serious study time minus the distractions.
If your condo had a library or study hall, you can concentrate on your notes without getting distracted by what's on TV. (Photo via Shutterstock)
Vista Residences has an entire line of study-savvy condos that have study areas with Wi-Fi provisions to make reviewing and researching easier for its student residents. Beside De La Salle University is Vista Taft, a 39-level condo on a 1,382-sqm lot along Taft Avenue in Manila where an 18.23-sqm studio condo sells for at least Php1.6 million. Rising 37 stories in Sampaloc, Manila, close to the University Belt is 878 España, where a 21-sqm studio unit can be purchased for Php2.6 million. And Vista 309 Katipunan is a 30-story project in front of Ateneo De Manila University and has 15-sqm studio units priced at Php2.1 million.
Green open spaces
Planning on a group study with your classmates? If your condo unit can’t accommodate a lot of people at a time, taking your study session to an outdoor lounge or a sky garden within the premises makes a lot more sense. Besides, spending some time out in the sun will make sure you don’t get cabin fever being stuck indoors all day.
Sometimes, all you need is some fresh air to get the brain working. (Photo via Shutterstock)
Aside from offering an indoor study hall, Filinvest Land’s Studio A in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, has an outdoor study lounge, sky park, and other open areas where you and your study buddies can enjoy the nice outdoor air while quizzing each other and comparing notes. A 21-sqm studio unit sells for approximately Php2.1 million.
Another student-friendly development located along Taft Avenue is Eton Properties’ 31-story One Archers Place, which has an open-air study deck at the fifth floor amenity area where you can likewise study and hang out with friends. A one-bedroom, 22-sqm unit starts at around Php2.3 million.
Who doesn’t need Wi-Fi these days? It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do for a living; if there’s something you need information on, the Internet has it. For students, the Internet’s their lifeblood; facts and figures are changing at such a fast rate, sometimes textbooks just can’t keep up, so they need to go online for thorough research work, both at school and at home.
No more mobile data? You better hope your condo has free Wi-Fi. (Photo from Shutterstock)
Vista Residences’ Crown Tower University Belt is, much like many (if not all) condos these days, offer free Wi-Fi access to its residents. But Crown Tower’s slight edge over other developments is they also have a cyber library. And in case you’ve exhausted your phone or laptop battery, you can still gain access to the Internet to finish your homework at their on-site Internet café. A studio unit at least Php21.27 sqm starts at Php1.9 million.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” as the old adage goes. You can’t power through school work and not feel burned out after a couple of hours. You need to charge up, and one way to do that is by paying a visit to your condo’s game or entertainment room.
Need a break between research papers? Get together at your condo's mini theater for a movie. (Photo from Shutterstock)
Filinvest Land’s Studio Zen along Taft Avenue, Manila has its residents backs in the rest and relaxation department. Aside from offering a game room with a billiard table and flat-screen TV, they also have an events and theater room where you and your equally stressed friends can hold movie nights. An 18-sqm studio unit is priced at Php1.8 million.
Speaking of getting recharged, another way for you to feel revitalized after a day’s worth of tackling school work is by playing sports and working out. But you don’t want to bother with traveling too far from your unit just to shoot a few hoops, so being in a condo complex that has amenities related to wellness and athletics is essential.
Stay healthy despite your busy schedule by taking advantage of your condo's wellness amenities. (Photo via Shutterstock)
Located beside DLSU is Green Residences, a 50-story condo by SMDC. To re-energize student residents and keep them in top shape, Green Residences is built with various health facilities like a 25-meter lap and wading pool, as well as a fully equipped fitness gym. Invest in a 15.65-sqm studio condo for Php1.9 million.
Convenience stores, laundromats, etc.
Moving out of your parents’ home and into your own space means handling the chores and tasks that your mom or house help used to do for you, like grocery shopping and doing your laundry. In a condo that has these establishments right on the site, you don’t even have to venture far to buy snacks for your 24-hour cramming session or wash a load of clothes in a snap.
No more dragging bags of dirty laundry across the street if your condo has its own laundromat. (Photo via Shutterstock)
Having towers named after Ivy League universities Harvard, Princeton, and Wharton isn’t the only thing that makes Goshenland’s North Cambridge in Baguio a student’s den. It also has amenities that make living independently a convenient experience for its young residents, such as a laundromat, a café, and several commercial stalls. A studio-type 20-sqm unit sells for around Php1.5 million.
Proximity to everything else
When you’re on a tight schedule, you don’t want to chip away at the time dedicated to studying and going to classes by living too far from locations you need to visit often. Not all condos are built with essential establishments such as banks, malls, and religious institutions within the premises, so it’s a must to choose a development that’s at least very close to them.
Need snacks for your all-night study session? The nearest convenience could just be an elevator ride away. (Photo via Shutterstock)
Location is one of the things that make Johndorf Ventures Corp.’s 148 Residences an ideal dwelling for Cebu City students who want to live close to school. Aside from being within walking distance of academic institutions like the University of Cebu and University of the Visayas, this 10-story residential building is also only a few minutes away from key places like Colonade Mall, St. Vincent General Hospital, and Sto. Rosario Church. A dorm unit with a floor area of 20 sqm starts at Php1.3 million.
Also in Cebu City is CitiLoft Mango by Fuente Triangle Realty Development, an 18-story development offering 393 studio-type units. This development is close to one of the city’s most popular tourist attraction: the Crown Regency Hotel & Towers’ Sky Experience Adventure, which features the world’s first Edge Coaster and the country’s first Skywalk Extreme. A 28.95-sqm unit starts at Php2.4 million.
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