People go to university for a variety of reasons, and the social aspects are usually near the top of the list for many. Student accommodation needs to be designed to encourage interaction as much as possible. Amenity areas need to be arranged so they’re more inclusive, rooms need to be bright and airy to reflect positive moods and the furniture has to be comfortable and inviting.
Addressing these points greatly increases how often students will meet up and hang out. The right environment prompts them to get to know each other, and the more settled they become, the less likely it is that they’ll want to go offsite.