The new urban campus comes in to existence with a refined balance between construction and placemaking. The role of architecture and design in student living is extensive as today’s global student pursues an experience-driven lifestyle facilitated by a tailored and integrated environment. Dimensions, lighting and aesthetics contribute to a sense of belonging, and when blended with public space embedded in the wider urban fabric, create a sense of community. How do architects and designers contribute to the student living experience and wellbeing? How do changing student preferences direct redevelopment projects and transform existing neighbourhoods into exciting new urban campuses?