Background and Rationale

In recent years the college student housing facilities is taking a new shape. The notion of developing a living learning centers with students’ accommodation, the private suite style housing accommodation, the new fire safety code and the recent trends of internet based education, all these factors are influencing to create lots of innovative ideas and design for student housing. But, there is no particular guideline which has developed for the architects and the interior designers about these new housing facilities. So, developing guidelines based on post occupancy evaluation found necessary for future housing construction. This study has considered conducting a post occupancy evaluation of a student housing facility to identify what is good and bad about a housing design.

Purpose: To evaluate the design, programming and planning of student housing facility to develop a guideline for architects and interior designer for future residence hall design.

Aims: To conduct a post-occupancy evaluation of a newly design residential hall for college/university students.

Objectives: a) to identify the usage rate of the functional areas and the users’ satisfaction about the building design, b) to identify the good design features of the housing facilities and to identify the areas for improvement.


The post occupancy evaluation has become increasingly important to college students’ housing for many reasons. First of all, housing has become the target of critics and the media for being highly unsatisfactory even though there is little or no empirical evidence to back these claims. Second, evaluating housing provides the necessary information required for ‘feed-back’ into current housing stock and ‘feed-forward’ into future projects (Preiser, 1989). It provides the basis for taking decisions about improvements in current housing stock and about the design and development of future housing. Third, the idea that an evaluation of the performance of housing may be conducted makes housing managers, designers and policy makers more accountable. This study outcome is a post occupancy evaluation (POE) for students’ housing facilities, which carries multiple significance in the practice and theory of student life environments:

  • It will provide a systematic study of housing facilities in use to provide architects with information about the performance of their designs and the housing owners with guidelines to achieve the best out of what they already have.
  • More anthropologically it is an appraisal of the degree to which a designed setting satisfies and supports explicit and implicitly students’ needs and values.
  • It will benefit the provision of valuable information to support the goal of continuous improvement.
  • The findings will help to create learning cycles specifically in relation to the organizations facilities management.