Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Five Student Housing Virtual Tours Created by 360imagery

Student Housing Virtual Tours by 360imagery

Private, self-funded student accommodation is becoming more and more popular throughout the UK. A virtual tour is the perfect way to market such a location as it means international students, as well as more local, can be targeted. The student is able to view the facilities from anywhere in the world, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. It showcases the site at its very best and being highly interactive it appeals to all ages, especially up-coming students.

360imagery have been working with the client on this project for the past 3-4 years, and have now created five virtual tours of their various 'study pods' in different cities across the UK. The client is a traditional, commercial property developer that branched out to start a new concept building 'study pods'. They approached 360imagery as with our background as Chartered Surveyors, and our 7 years experience of creating bespoke virtual tours in the field of commercial property (amongst many others now!), they were both familiar and impressed by our work. Take a look at our Portfolio Page on our website to see the wealth and variety of work we've done!

Their first 'study pod' was opened in Coventry, and since then they have created another two in this city, as well as an additional two in Nottingham and Sheffield. Take a look for yourself by either clicking here, or on the post image above. They are opening more centres all the time, so watch this space for more 360imagery virtual tours!

A 'study pod' is basically a small room with all of the facilities - a bed, study area, wet room and galley kitchen. The 360imagery virtual tours show off these rooms perfectly and demonstrate the different types and sizes of room to the viewer - e.g. deluxe, superior, studio room etc. There are also 360 panoramic scenes of the communal areas such as the laundry rooms, television room, gym and lounge.

The client wanted all of their properties to be viewed from within one tour, the different sites accessible by drop down menus, and as you can see we have also designed it all to blend seamlessly in with their existing website and corporate identity. As we do work on more properties they'll also be incorporated into this single tour, so look out for future blogs about our latest work with them.

Each tour is navigated by thumbnails and hotspots enabling the viewer to easily move between the rooms. There are also pop-up information boxes including photographic still images. All of our photography uses the very latest photographic equipment and technologies, and we will only ever use High Dynamic Range photography techniques, as standard. In a 360imagery piece of work you will never find imbalances between the high and low lights of an image, in other words NO blown out / glaring windows or loss of detail in photos. You only have to compare our end results to those produced using cheap 'off the shelf' packages offered by other companies to see the difference in the attention to detail and quality of the resulting tour.
All of our work is published in Flash and HTML5 to work on PCs, Apple handheld devices & the majority of Android devices. 
Unlike some of our competitors, a 360imagery tour is not just about a moving, 360 degree image of a room. We take a lot of time and effort in bespoke designing our work to ensure it is as interactive and individual as it can be. We incorporate information pop-ups, navigational arrows and all sorts of things to really bring the tour to life and maximise its potential for your needs - we don't create 'standard', 'off the shelf' package tours.
The good news is we keep all work 'in house' - no 3rd party photographers or graphic designers - so we are very competitive when it comes to cost. A very high proportion of our work is repeat business (just check out our testimonials and client pages to see for yourself) and most of our commissions come from referrals and word of mouth.
360imagery are one of the leading virtual tour companies in the UK. We'd love to hear from you and chat about thoughts you may have for your own project. Just give us a call on 0845 8726442 or visit us at

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