Assessing success in student housing

Assessing success in student housing: using post-occupancy evaluations of existing student accommodations at the University of Tasmania to inform future student accommodation and urban campus design

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022


Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This project studies user experiences and perceptions of student (apartment) accommodation spaces at the University of Tasmania and how successfully these designs sit within the broader university and urban environments. It aims to contribute knowledge from and for Tasmania on the experience of house and home for students living in university accommodations, as well as design insights for future accommodation developments. The Northern and Southern Transformation Projects at the University of Tasmania provide a unique opportunity to study occupant outcomes in various accommodation configurations as various existing units are upgraded and new ones are brought online.

Student apartment housing is a relatively under examined topic, especially in Australia. Using post occupancy evaluation techniques, this research will examine student accommodation cases at UTAS, to assemble robust research that supports quality in future designs of university housing in Tasmania and throughout Australia.

In addition to adding to the literature on occupant perceptions of house and home, this project has the potential to play a vital role in contributing to designs of future student accommodation, as more housing options are yet to be designed and completed on the UTAS campuses. Robust, design-focused findings, clearly communicated, could thus contribute to more vibrant and inclusive campus and urban environments in the future.

Interested students should contact Dr Georgia Lindsay with ideas about the area of focus you would like to bring to this potentially broad topic. Proposals focusing on topics such as the following are particularly encouraged:

  • How and how well the housing design fulfill the needs of the students;
  • How well the housing design support diversity and inclusivity in student identities, time of life, and physical and mental abilities;
  • Whether the housing design comfortable, stress free, and healthy, and what about the design makes it most successful in doing so.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Georgia Lindsay


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Demonstrated excellence in written communication
  • Background in social science research methods or in architecture (including interiors)

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Georgia Lindsay to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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