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The CampusOne Student Residence in downtown Toronto serves the fast-growing University of Toronto student population with accommodation and amenities not typically associated with student life in a dormitory. The privately funded and operated facility is a relatively new model of student accommodation in this market. The residence addresses both a need for improved living standards and affordable student housing as well as removes the burden from post-secondary institutions of managing their operation. A key challenge was to create greater opportunities for students to interact with each other in a large facility and to foster a closer sense of community. An additional aim was to present a residence education model where the lines are blurred between living and learning, to find a balance between transparency and privacy taking into consideration issues such as acoustics and safety.