Evaluation of Prototype Hostel Design: Users’ Perspective


Authors : Adewale Segun Alabi; Oluwadamilola Ajoke Alabi; Abideen Dare Abass; Ifeoluwa Akande

Volume/Issue : Volume 6 - 2021, Issue 5 - May

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Hostel designs globally tends to take a pattern of reproducing a sample in form of a prototype. There are various expectation from the users of these facilities especially students. The purpose of the study is to investigate prototype students’ hostels in Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State with a view to understanding the level of students’ satisfaction. This research is limited to an institution with four number prototype hostel designs which will continually be reproduced in the future. Data gathering was done using survey method. Users of the hostels (students) were asked to report on their perceptions and experience of the design of the prototype hostel facilities via questionnaire. A sample size of 300 students were randomly selected. Building performance criteria were adopted through literature review and the satisfaction survey was based on the students’ experience and feedbacks. Findings show that users of the prototype hostels are mostly youth ranging from 18 to 29 years old and are also mostly undergraduate students. The respondents rated the electricity supply and number of the rooms as very adequate with mean ratings of 4.22 and 3.84 respectively. The security measures put in place were however viewed as inadequate with a mean score rating of 2.45. despite its inadequacy, the student expressed satisfaction with the security/safety at 3.41 mean score as this allows them more freedom. Areas addressed are effective hostel facility design, maintenance guide and manual for users, as well as safety, and sanitary guide for users. These give clues to inform better performance of the buildings from users’ perspective. This study provides students perspective of prototype hostel design with a view to improve future designs. The findings of this study will help management of institutions, and stakeholders involved in the design and construction of hostels to improve on the quality of hall of residences for the satisfaction of the end users (students).

Keywords : Hostel, Perspective, Prototype, Satisfaction, Users.

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