Education and Research
Acute shortage of student housing in Sweden
Thursday, 23 August 2012
A situation that has been described as worse that ever is happening in
the Swedish student housing sector. There is intense shortages of
student housing such that some expert are question Sweden's readiness
for the future if there could be no chance of properly training future
Only one in ten higher education regions in the country has manages to
arrange a student residency within a month, a new report from Swedish
National Union of Students has made before the start of the school term
43,000 more college students are expected in the coming ten years,
excluding those who read remotely. But only 23,000 more student housing
is available. The mathematics is simple and the question is what is
Swedish National Union of Students has identified opportunities to
increase residents housing in 30 of university towns. Just Gavle,
Härnösand and Karlshamn can guarantee all the students own home within
a month. Around two-thirds of the other study regions can guarantee
accommodation at any time during the fall semester.
housing situation in many locations have become more problematic. It's
harder to get a residency within a month," said Erik Pedersen at the
Swedish National Union of Students to Swedish television.
Six of study regions can not guarantee housing at all. These are the
major cities of Gothenburg, Lund, Malmo, Stockholm, Uppsala and this
year also Växjö. In many places, it looks bleak.
"Many people who come to us are surprised that it can be so difficult
to get accommodation. Everyone knows that it can be problematic, but
that it is possible to look for months and still not get, many find it
difficult to understand. This Monday we open our emergency
accommodation," says Markus Jonegård, housing manager at Uppsala
Student Union to Swedish television.
In Stockholm in particular, it does not look brighter.
Critic are worried that Sweden which in the past has been very good at
investing in higher education has started slipping into the
doldrums. At a time when Sweden could be seen as an attractive
place to study, such problems are not good advertisement for the
country's educational system which has recently implemented
higher fees for international students.
Also with unemployment very high many people, especially the youths who
are harder hit are looking to get into higher education. This could be
a turn off.
by Scancomark.se Team
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