Ghent to establish inventory of student rooms
A Ghent city councillor says that no ones has any idea how many properties intended for the private market are being let out to students
Accurate figures needed
But city councillor Tine Huyse, responsible for accommodation, told Radio 2 that that figure was nothing but a rough estimate. She pointed out that city services, for instance, don’t know whether students are occupying houses or apartments that are supposed to be let out to the general population.
“We’re now trying to gather accurate figures,” she said. “But we should also work on a process that will allow us to monitor changes. So we can see what has changed after each year.”
Ghent currently has a population of 260,000, with 76,000 of these residents enrolled at a local university or university college. With the new academic year beginning at the end of September, a lot of students have begun looking for apartments and studios.
Students interviewed by Radio 2 said that student room prices have steadily increased in recent years. “In the three years that I’ve had a student room, I feel like everything has gotten more expensive," one student said. "I’m now moving into a new room, and the price of my old one has gone up by €50. I used to pay €425, but the new tenant will have to pay €475.”
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