Student ‘village’ accommodation to be established

2017-11-01 06:00

“HAVING a monitored environment will help to ensure students’ safety and a healthy educational environment,” said Scottsville Taxpayers’ chairman Dr Peter Green after the municipality agreed to give a portion of land in Woodhouse Road for student accommodation.

Green said this will also help Scottsville residents who complain about the noise students make.

“The place in Woodhouse Road will be a student village. It is not only about accommodation, it is about giving students an environment where they can come and go safely. The village will have rules and regulations that students will have to abide by,” he said.

Two months ago, at a community meeting at Scottsville Primary, it was revealed some people have bought houses in Scottsville to let to students as there is not enough accommodation for them at the university.

It was also said that 50% of the houses in Scotsville are accommodated by students.

Dr Green said that environment is not for education.

“Those places have no rules and regulations and they are not monitored as the owner is not around most of the time.

“Students cannot study in [that type] of environment. We are pushing on having an intergovernmental meeting with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the municipality and a resident representative so we can look at this [student accommodation] in a more holistic way.

“Many students have become victims of crime when they come and go to campus because they walk to where their accommodation.”

He said they are aware of the concerns of residents who live next to Woodhouse Road, but said the place [village] will be monitored.

Student accommodation has always been a problem in Scottsville as the university has 12 000 students, but not enough accommodation for them.


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