Floor level characteristics and students’ perceived safety in university halls of residence

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Jobi, A.
Iweka, A. C.
Adebayo, A. K.
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Advance Multidisciplinary Studies
The design of the physical environment has been identified as one of the major predictors of safety from crime particularly in students’ halls of residence. Previous researches on student housing have not adequately addressed how the physical design features in the halls of residence affects the safety of the occupants. This study examines the floor level characteristics of universities’ halls of residence in relation to students’ perceived safety. A study of students’ halls of residence within the campus of University of Lagos was carried out using both observation checklist and questionnaires administered on 252 respondents living in 7 halls of residence. The study showed that the respondents living on the higher floor levels felt safer because they encounter fewer strangers. Also the result indicated that students’ perceived safety correlated negatively with the corridor length. The study therefore identified floor height and corridor length as predictors of perception of safety that should be considered in future design of universities’ halls of residence.
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Crime , Defensible space , Floor level , Halls of residence , Perception of Safety , Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY::Civil engineering and architecture
Jobi A., Iweka A., and Adebayo K. (2017). Floor level characteristics and students’ perceived safety in university halls of residence: A case study of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Advances in Multidisciplinary and Scientific Research, 3(4), 13-20.