What if there’s a surplus in student housing?

Tweet It wasn’t too long ago – maybe in the late 1990’s – when many Canadian postsecondary institutions were concerned about student housing shortages off campus. Even today, there are many communities that struggle to meet the student housing demand. When student housing demand exceeds the supply off-campus, family homes are converted into student accommodations,…

Canadian Rental Housing Conference: Student Housing

I had the opportunity to take part in The Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations 2013 annual conference to present on Student Housing. Throughout the panel I focused on the Canadian post-secondary education sector and the implications on where students will live. Currently, with nearly one-million students attending Canadian colleges and universities, there is a tangible…

Looks like May might be “Ontario Student Housing Month”

This May in Ontario is quickly turning into Student Housing month for the post-secondary education community. Student housing – along with its correlation to student success, student development, and community development – is a topic of great interest to many within post-secondary communities. A students’ quality of life and community experience will impact their experience…

Improved neighbouhood can boost city pride

This as part of my continued contribution to the Waterloo Region Record’s Community Editorial Submissions, this post explores my experience with the Waterloo Door-Knocker Programs. The quality of life in Canadian post-secondary education communities embodies the city’s image to students. Based on my first-hand experience, we need to make continued improvements to the communities surrounding…