11,307 students in line for student apartment

student housingOslo.Student housing.Photo: Norway Today Media

This year queue numbers from Norwegian student organization (NSO) show that 1,770 more students are queuing this year, compared with last year.

This despite the fact that the government allocated money for the construction of 2,200 student housing for 2016. In a press release from the NSO, they stated that they believe this figure should be increased to 3,000 in next year’s budget.

– It is bad that so many start their studies without having a place to stay. The time when one starts should be used to get to know fellow students and the academic community, not to go on views and jump from couch to couch, says NSO leader Marianne Andenæs.

According to the organization, this is due to a combination of an increase in student numbers of 45,000 in the past five years, and challenges associated with finding empty and vacant lots in the host municipalities.

The greatest queue is in Oslo and Akershus, where 6,264 students are still standing in line hoping to secure a student apartment. This is almost double the previous year.

Also in Trondheim, Gurgaon and Aalesund the queues increased dramatically and have increased from 325 last year to 1,086 this year as welfare organizations in Gjøvik and Ålesund merged with Trondheim.

The queue in college has decreased drastically compared to last year. Nearly 1,000 fewer students queued in Norway’s southernmost counties compared with last year.

 

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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