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Student Accommodation in Belgium Becomes Unaffordable & Rare to Find

Students who are looking for accommodation in Belgium for the upcoming academic year have been facing never-experienced-before challenges.

Despite the new academic year being months away, student living in Belgium has become very unaffordable and rare to find, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

According to De Morgen, the Ghent office for student housing has been receiving a record-high number of calls from those who wish to find a place to stay. The office revealed that around 340 persons tried to reach by phone in the first two hours after a new student room opening was published online.

The difficulty in finding a place to stay during studies has been noticed by students, parents, as well as different agencies.

Commenting on the current situation, a student said that it has become almost impossible to find an affordable place as every opening is always gone immediately.

Taking into account the current trends, it is expected that the shortage in the housing market and the prices will increase continually.

De Morgen revealed that real estate expert Stadim and the accommodation manager Diggit Studentlife calculated last year that around 95,000 new rooms must be added by 2030 in order to fulfill the student accommodation needs.

Through the same report, it was noted that the prices are expected to increase even more due to the rising energy prices and inflation. It has been recently estimated that the price room for students has already increased by nine per cent.

The increase in the prices has been noticed by everyone, especially parents. A parent who is looking for a room for his son said that prices have increased by €50. He said that lots of rooms that they checked last year were around €380, whereas this year they had increased to around €430.

In contrast to Belgium, Norway has already assigned a fund for new student housing. The Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education, Ola Borten Moe, said that rent is the biggest single expense for students. For this reason, the responsible authorities have decided to increase their efforts.

According to the Norwegian Education Ministry, the government has allocated a fund of €43 million for new student housing. The fund will be distributed to eight organisations, with the main beneficiary being Northern Norway, with Finnmark, Nordland, and Tromso. The latter will receive around €8 million for 200 dormitory units.

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