What students expect from higher education facilities

To meet the evolving needs and expectations of today's learners, higher education institutions are placing students at the heart of their development plans.

Here’s a quick look at some of the facilities students expect within their learning environment and how Parkeray Lite can help building and property management teams meet these requirements.


Traditional one-size-fits-all models of teaching and learning no longer cut the mustard. Students require adaptive spaces that support technology and their specific learning needs. Parkeray Lite can extend the life of aging building stock by offering space planning and design services, helping higher education institutions reconfigure their existing spaces to offer the flexibility necessary for students today.

Quality Facilities

Having high-quality facilities is crucial for educational institutions to attract and retain students in today's competitive recruitment market. According to a report, 60% of students factor in the quality of facilities when deciding their institution of choice. Therefore, it is more important than ever to ensure that facilities are well-maintained and kept in top-notch condition. Parkeray Lite can help with small moves, changes, and more substantial fit out and refurbishment projects.

Technology-Driven Spaces

Today's students seamlessly transition between physical and virtual environments. They expect excellent IT facilities and digitally rich environments that support various modes of learning and technology, whether they are physically present in a classroom or remote learning. How Lite assists?


A survey conducted by Shakespeare Martineau has highlighted the increasing importance of sustainability in higher education. The survey found that 90% of prospective students express a desire to attend an environmentally conscious campus. It is noteworthy that approximately 60% of educational building stock was constructed before 1976, a time when sustainability was not a prominent consideration. This data underscores the solid business case for integrating sustainable practices into the construction and maintenance of educational buildings. Parkeray Lite’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices and materials promotes long-term sustainability, while helping institutions reduce their carbon footprint.

Collaboration Areas

Educational spaces now prioritise interaction and collaboration, moving away from lecturer-driven environments. Students seek physical amenities that facilitate meetings, discussions, group work, and collaborative learning. Our team’s recent fit out of a Kingston’s University’s Café is just one example of creating an area where students can come together and collaborate in an informal setting.

In conclusion, the evolving landscape of education demands a comprehensive re-evaluation of the facilities and environments provided to students. Parkeray Lite's flexible approach with educational clients underscores the importance of creating student-centric spaces that address their diverse needs and expectations of today's learners. As student expectations continue to evolve, it is imperative for educational facilities to remain adaptable and responsive, ensuring that they not only meet current needs but also anticipate and accommodate future trends in education.

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For more information on how Parkeray Lite can enhance your educational facilities, contact us today.  

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