At a few hundred dollars per month, renting this place does not buy you a great deal of space – but what you do get is cozy, dynamic and well-designed, inside and out by AF Bostader in Sweden.

The goal was to create stand-alone student housing for those who wished to live outside of shared-building arrangements, but at well under regional market prices – and the result has been steady competition by students to live there.

The company is now petitioning authorities to expand and meet demand, creating more of these autonomous structures for student living – the question on the mind of the city planners, however, is whether this is a sustainable strategy for dense educational dwelling needs.

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Still, there is something to be said for the fact that despite economies of scale, these stand-alone structures work out to be cheaper to build and rent than the more-compact solutions of multi-unit buildings.