Czech beer may have put Pilsen on the map, but the fourth most populous city in the Czech Republic, 90 kilometres (56 miles) west of Prague, is also one of the country’s major university towns.
Similar to Prague and other Czech cities Pilsen is facing a major student housing shortage – as of 2017, the University of West Bohemia had roughly 2,500 beds to accommodate its nearly 12,000 students.
Czech developer Daramis is providing the solution to Pilsen’s student housing problem with its new co-living concept. The unique Unicity Living complex is comprised of three contemporary-design residential buildings with fully-equipped rental apartments that combine modern amenities with the spirit of communal living.
The pioneering project, located near the West Bohemia campus by the newly built Bory tram stop, is designed for both studying and hanging out à la the classic university dorm model. But with some major differences and benefits, says Martin Vachek, Managing Director of Daramis.
“Today’s students are increasingly looking for housing in modern flats, as dormitories often do not provide sufficient capacities or amenities,” he says.
To that end, Unicity offers furnished and stylishly decorated spaces with a reception desk that’s open 24/7, as well as a club room with TVs connected to Netflix and HBO, an on-premises bakery and bistro, shared laundry room, and free wi-fi. As part of the co-living experience, regular social gatherings, complete with free food and drink, encourage tenants to mix and mingle.
In addition, sport facilities, including courts for ball sports, tables for ping-pong, and a yoga studio are available for all tenants to use. A green courtyard with relaxation area, trees, and a shared garden with flower beds lends a natural feel to the complex.
The company has also begun offering beds for rent for those students who don’t want to rent an entire apartment. It is currently running a “summer for free” promotion in which students get 12 months for the price of 10 (valid from March 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020), giving renters the possibility of enjoying all the benefits of Unicity Living for a more affordable price.
“We consider our project the best student accommodation in Pilsen,” says Vachek, who is confident that the unique Unicity Living project will appeal to both international and Czech students who are seeking a student housing experience that’s not only built with the ideal study and social conditions in mind, but one that comes with a built-in community.