With the exception of the hectic winter house-hunting period, student accommodation is rarely on our minds. Whilst the majority of us live on a limited budget, as long as we have hot water, an impermeable roof, (some) heating and a working kitchen we are content. However, not all students are holed-up in your bog-standard terrace. Impact’s resident architecture students Stephen Lovejoy and Ed Harris track down those student homes that are little out of the ordinary.

Living Room, Lenton
The eclectic collection of objects in the living room of this house creates a visual tapestry that exudes the personalities and lifestyles of the occupants. Everything inside tells a story – from the “borrowed” Jägermeister poster and Carnage banner to the row of ladies underwear from past sexual conquests. Their pet goldfish, Vlad, swims slowly around, content in the giant vodka bottle that is his home. The room is even complete with a “desperation condom” (though seeing as how the nail fixing it to the wall pierces the condom, one would have to be very desperate indeed).

Living Room, Lenton

House, Derby Road
Whilst much of the interior grandeur of the house has been lost, the oak beams and panelled walls give it a lot of atmosphere. Some of the original features still exist, such as the stained glass windows in the spacious entrance corridor and a charming fireplace in what was once the master bedroom – providing a vague echo of how the house once was.

House, Derby Road

Gothic Cottage
(Image at top) Walking along a completely normal suburban street of semi-detached houses, you abruptly come across the aptly named Gothic Cottage. With the house’s black shutters, leaded two-light lancet windows, arched doors and wooden panelled kitchen one is given the impression of a modernised witch’s cottage – complete with resident gargoyle!

Apartment, The Park
Definitely not your typical student residence, this swish minimalist apartment is the epitome of cool. The converted top floor of a grand old house; the spacious rooms with their clean white walls, wood panelled floors, sloping ceilings and picturesque views create an impression of luxury and desirable living.

Apartment, The Park

House, Lenton Boulevard
The octagonal turret running down one corner of this house cleverly maximises the potential of its location, at the crossroads of Lenton Boulevard and Derby Road. This is particularly apparent in the top floor bedroom – where the occupant is treated to a panoramic view across Lenton, whilst still retaining a decent degree of privacy.

House, Lenton Boulevard

Stephen Lovejoy

Images by Ed Harris


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