SA Affordable Housing January / February 2017 // Issue: 62 - Page 21

FEATURES Inexpensive student accommodation - the challenge As students flock to the cities to further their education, the problem of housing them grows ever more pressing. Is there an option to build these more affordably and what are the challenges? By Ilana Koegelenberg Campus Key, Cape Town. Claytile supplied 1.3 million maxi bricks to the Main Road campus, and just under a million maxi bricks to the Dane Street Campus. Image: Claytile E ach January, around 450 000 students migrate to the major cities of South Africa to attend tertiary education institutions. Although some will be able to stay at home, most need a place to live and the demand for accommodation is intense. “We desperately need more affordable student accommodation,” says John Schooling, managing director of STAG African, student accommodation group. While the Department of Higher Education puts the deficit at 200 000, the reality is that we will be short 600 000 beds for students in this country in 2017. The number of students accepted into universities has skyrocketed in the past two decades, but campus facilities have not been expanded or upgraded to cater for these higher numbers. AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2017 19