Does student behavior differ in relation to perception /evaluation of campus environments? a post-occupancy research in two university campuses

ÇUBUKÇU E., Isitan Z. N.

Gazi University Journal of Science, vol.24, no.3, pp.547-558, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: Gazi University Journal of Science
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.547-558
  • Keywords: Campus outdoor, Campus setting, Environmental evaluation, Post occupancy evaluation
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


A Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) survey was applied to 93 students at two universities; Dokuz Eylul University and Karadeniz Technical University. The survey consists questions on: (1) participants' characteristics, (2) physical environmental characteristics, (3) favorite places, (4) the most and the least liked features and possibilities for improvement, (5) physical activity engagement level, and (6) time spent in the campus. Results showed that users' subjective evaluations of their campuses are reflected in their behavior. The students of the negatively evaluated campus reported that they spent less time in campus compared to students of the more positively evaluated campus.