Most traditional college dormitories do not have swimming pools, computer labs, fitness centers, and a host of other desirable amenities. In fact, student housing built by higher education facilities has traditionally consisted of rooms or suites along central corridors with suite or hall baths and has been constructed to meet more fundamental needs. Many were not originally air conditioned, and few, if any, offered residents amenities like full kitchens or group study rooms.
According to Gary Schwarzmueller, executive director of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the trend to amenity-laden, Internet-connected, home-like student housing is a fairly recent one. It is being driven in part by the growing number of private housing developers and operators pursuing the student housing market.