The Habitat – Rethinking Student Housing in India

Submission: April 13, 2020
Registration: April 12, 2020
Language: English 
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below 
Type: Open


Students are the backbone of any society or nation. A nation’s progress is dependent on how much is the young generation educated. India is fortunate that more than 60% of its total population of the country consists young people and most of them are the students. India is home to some 34 million students in higher education system out of which 18.6 million students are male & 16.0 millions are females which is double the size of numbers of students in the west. By 2020, India is expected to reach the student enrollment mark to 40 million. The student mobility in India, both internationally & intra-nationally is expected to rise in the coming years.

India is considered as a education hub in the Asia-pacific region. There is also a student influx from African nations & also from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, South Korea, Japan, China, France, Germany & USA. The student mobility in India, both internationally & intra-nationally is expected to rise in the coming years.

The real issue here is with such sheer of volume of student there is a severe lack of quality student housing in India. As against 10.4 million students in India there are only 6.1 million bed capacity meaning that the student housing sector has a huge unmet demand.

The aim of the competition is to address the unmet student housing demand in India through an innovative architectural solution. The challenge is to design a student housing community for 140 student occupants with all shared amenities. The community needs to have studio, double occupancy & four sharing units with all state of the art facilities. The design should become the “REFERENCE PROJECT” for Student Housing in India.

* The competition is open for all ( students, architects, interior designers etc ). One can participate individually or in a team. A team can have maximum 3 members.*


Early Bird Registrations – 10th JANUARY TO 10th FEBRUARY – 2020

Standard Registrations – 11th FEBRUARY TO 11th MARCH – 2020

Standard Registrations – 12th MARCH TO 12th APRIL – 2020

– TOTAL PRIZE MONEY : INR 2,00,000 /- + 7 Special Awards + 15 Honourable Mentions

1st Prize – INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate

2nd Prize – INR 50,000/- + Certificate

3rd Prize – INR 25,000/- + Certificate

– BEST STUDENT DESIGN ENTRY : INR 7500/- + Certificate



– PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD : INR 5000/- + Certificate

*This is an open international design competition hosted by Archmello . This is a concept based competition & no such project will be built. The competition is organized for education purpose only*.

Go to the competition’s website

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