Students in Germany are having increasing difficulty in finding accommodation, according to a recent survey covering major university cities. In the majority of the cities examined, the housing situation for students appears to have worsened.
Already last year, Germany’s Student Welfare Service or DSW warned that the refugee crisis could prove a problem for students on the housing market because of more overall demand for housing. The DSW also stressed that rising student numbers were aggravating the situation.
The latest survey on student accommodation, commissioned by real estate developers GBI and conducted by the Berlin-based Moses Mendelssohn Institute or MMI, takes a look at all university locations with more than 5,000 students, 91 cities in all. The analysts claim that the housing situation is particularly tense in 19 of these cities, headed by Munich, Frankfurt am Main and Cologne.
Assessments are based on an evaluation of 23 factors, such as rent levels, statistics on vacant accommodation, student numbers including first-year student levels, and student migration. Vocational education students, many of whom compete with higher education students for accommodation, are also referred to in the survey as a factor causing further pressure.
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