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.