ERIC Number: ED236962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
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Housing Trends and Higher Education.
Commuter, v6 n2 p1-4 Jan 1981
Housing has become a major problem for college students. The reticence of college administrators to build new housing facilities in light of predictions of imminent enrollment declines has caused an increasing percentage of students to live off campus. The results of an informal survey of housing problems affecting off-campus students show that the most common problems are soaring rent and shortages of rental units. A major cause of these problems is condominium and cooperative conversions. Landlords see conversions as desirable since rental units have become economically unfeasible due to rent controls and zoning regulations. Renters perceive landlords as chasing fast high profits. The problem is not likely to improve in the near future, especially in urban areas. If colleges and universities care about their students, their involvement in these issues is critical. They need to serve as an advocate for their students and they need to reexamine their own programs. An important consideration is creating a good relationship between the institution and the community. (DC)
Descriptors: Building Conversion, College Housing, College Role, College Students, Economic Factors, Higher Education, Housing Deficiencies, Housing Industry, Literature Reviews, Off Campus Facilities, School Community Relationship, Trend Analysis
National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs, University of Maryland, 1195 Student Union, College Park, MD 20742.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
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