A new type of residence hall opened its doors in June on the campus of Université de Lille 1. The new residence hall is called Reeflex. The concept behind it? A residential hotel with a social vocation.
At Avenue Paul-Langevin, behind the Institut Universitaire de Technologie (University Institute of Technology) and close to the boiler room, the construction of the Reeflex residence hall was entrusted by the University of Lille to Lille Métropole Habitat. On this terrain of 23,830 square meters, four buildings - twenty-one meters in height - have been constructed for a total surface area of 13,644 square meters. They shelter 538 apartments and other forms of housing.
Reeflex refers to an innovative university residence project marked by its ecological nature, its concern for economic and financial aids, and its willingness to ensure flexibility of usage. This residence is composed of buildings that are qualified as BBC or Bâtiment Basse Consommation (low consumption buildings), meaning that they make efficient use of energy to provide thermal comfort both in winter and summer. The pricing to live in Reeflex is adapted to student incomes and their needs.
This program was financed by the Prêt Locatif Social (Social Rental Loan), an organization dedicated to support real estate investment in local communities. It is also partially financed by the State as a non-profit residential hotel. The total cost was 28.3 Million Euros. The residence project comes in line with the Programme Local de l’Habitat (Local housing program) of Lille Métropole adopted in 2011, in which there is an emphasis on increasing the diversity of housing options.
Reeflex Residence offers:
- 60 lodgings for occupants who stay for only a short amount of time, from a few days for apprentices to several weeks for interns and trainees;
- 238 lodgings for students pursing a masters degree or foreigners in exchange programs for a duration of 7 months;
- 170 lodgings for students from Télécom Lille;
- Around 70 housing units for Maison Internationale reserved for post-doctorates and foreign researchers.
The goal is to make this pavilion a showcase of quality in hospitality with on demand services (personalized reception, luggage storage, breakfast, cleaning service, and more), and efficient administrative management.
Do you believe it is an effective strategy to subsidize this type of students housing and social services? How does your community support non-traditional forms of housing?
Original article, originally published in French here.
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