A new £2m shared accommodation hotel concept is to be launched by the University of Sheffield.
The student residence Jonas Court in Endcliffe Village, Sheffield is being transformed into a new ‘hybrid’ accommodation style, which will see visitors of all ages and background encouraged to share communal spaces in the building.
The 79-bedroom Jonas will open in August after two years in the planning.
Inspired by the Student Hotel in Amsterdam, city tourists, visiting business people, academics and students can stay from one night to six months and will have full use of all communal areas, including its ground floor dedicated entirely to social space.
The building also features a café/bar, gaming and cinema room, three lounges and two quiet areas for study.
Accommodation over the three upper floors features 57 en-suite bedrooms with shared kitchens. Classed as long-stay, they are for students or visitors staying from a week up to six months.
A further 22 en-suite hotel rooms can be rented for seven days or less.
“Jonas aims to give truly flexible hotel accommodation choices while fostering shared life experiences between a vibrant mix of visitors,” said Ian Jones, Sheffield University’s head of accommodation services.
The model has been proven in Europe, he added. “Its introduction to the UK was long overdue and we are proud to be the pioneers.”
The £2m refurbishment of the jaded 1990’s building named after Joseph Jonas, the German steel baron who became a benefactor of the University of Sheffield in Victorian times, is being led by Sheffield architects Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson.
Once open, rooms will cost from £25 per night for long stay guests and from £55 for short stay and the quirky interior design features locally-made and upcycled furniture, a graffiti wall and artwork showcasing the city’s personality, history and humour.