SA Affordable Housing January / February 2017 // Issue: 62 - Page 23

FEATURES First year students in good on-campus accommodation have an 80% chance of passing. Image: STAG The number of students accepted into universities has skyrocketed in the past two decades, but campus facilities have not expanded or been upgraded to cater for these higher numbers. “However, to solve the student housing challenge, we need to do more than just erect buildings at a rapid speed. The operational side also needs to be addressed. The problem is that often people don’t realise what is actually involved when it comes to student accommodation. “Having a building is merely ancillary,” says McMurray. “But proper operations is the most important part of the business. It’s not about renting out a room. People don’t realise what’s involved. It’s all about the management and creating a healthy environment for the students.” So where do we start? AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2017 21