I find many interesting stories about off-campus housing, thanks to Google Alerts. Not all of these articles need an entire post dedicated to them, so I thought it might be helpful to do a round-up of some of the stories.
- Edinburgh University Students’ Association launches campaign to protect tenants – EUSA launches the Fair Housing Campaign, which includes a charter of eight commitments that students felt were important when renting. Letting agents, or landlords, can sign the charter, and then the EUSA will list the services who are committed to those standards. Some of the commitments include “deposits are returned within one month of the final information being available and that landlords show a commitment to improving the energy efficiency of the property.”
- Students turn to Google, not traditional ads to find apartments – Catalyst, an Austin-based marketing firm that specializes in the student housing industry, surveyed more than 500 college students about their use of digital/social media and the types of marketing tactics that typically impact their housing decisions. Of those surveyed, 53 percent of students ranked Google/Internet searches as most important in helping them find a place to live.
- ‘Student housing at varsities is shocking’ – Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande presented the report, “A Review of the Provision of Student Housing at South African Universities,” which found that there is a shortage of 195,000 beds at university residences across the country.
Also, an update on House Bill 4425 – as of 1:41 p.m. today (March 1, 2012), it’s been introduced to the Senate.