As student housing developers consider avenues for reducing construction costs, often the strategies employed can sacrifice the experience and wellness of the student residents. The spaces we live in have a significant impact on how we feel, and this should be at the forefront of consideration throughout the design process, particularly in spaces as impactful as student housing. By incorporating design strategies that encourage people to interact with one another and the spaces around them, we can create spaces that can mitigate isolation, anonymity, and lack of self-care. Additionally, color selection, biophilic design features, natural daylighting, and integration of wellness-focused amenity spaces support a calming environment, leading to student success. In this session, learn about one designer’s approach to creating student housing with mental health and wellness at the core.