How Foreign Students Save Money

Apartment-style dormitories with kitchens might be an increasingly common luxury at American colleges, but in many countries, that option is unheard of. At some schools space, and money are so tight, that universities are taking extreme measures.

According to an article by Sisi Tang at Reuters:

Inspired by Japan’s inexpensive capsule hotels, capsule bed manufacturer Galaxy Stars HK is offering wifi-enabled capsules that can be stacked together in cupboard-like formations to ease the high-priced room crunch. Each pod, which measures 1.9 meters (6.3 feet) long, 1 meter wide and 1.15 meters high, is slightly larger than a twin bed. They come complete with bed, air conditioning, light switches, computer tables and power outlets.

About a dozen local students had expressed interest in a capsule college dormitory near campus, offering pods for HK$3,500 a month. “Students are affected by a severe lack of space in university housing, so we thought, why not do dorm rooms as well?” [Galaxy Stars HK managing director Erik] Wong said.

Here’s why not. This is a group of pods arranged together.

Pods

Wow, that definitely looks like a mausoleum. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer