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- Empty nursing homes used as student housing - Dagsavisen

– Empty nursing homes used as student housing – Dagsavisen

At Studentamskipnaden, 6,431 are now waiting for student housing, while 4,085 have been allocated.

– It is quite clear that there are very few student dormitories in Norway in general, the managing director of the Students’ Union in Oslo, Andreas Asklund, told Dagsavisen on Wednesday.

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The students’ association believes the municipality should do more for the students, while the municipality blames the government.

Now Rødt thinks they have the solution.

Many students are now living in a severe and precarious housing situation. When Higher Education Minister Ola Borten Moe (Sp) and the government apparently blew up the student housing situation and then pushed the responsibility to student associations, Oslo municipality must take action and prove in practice that we are a student-friendly city, Siavas Mubasheri tells Dagsavisen.

– We wholeheartedly supported the Oslo City Council when they threw themselves in when the war in Ukraine began, and allocated NOK 300 million to convert many empty municipal buildings into refugee homes. Now we want Oslo to show the same solidarity with students who are frantically searching for a place to live before they start their studies, says politician Rødt.

Empty nursing homes

Oslo has many empty buildings, which Siavas Mubasri believes could easily be converted into student housing.

– For example, we have many nursing homes and empty apartment buildings, such as Ammerudhjemmet, Furuset nursing home and Grünerløkka nursing home, the latter with hundreds of rooms and centrally located. If it is still available, the municipality can easily restore it and provide students with a roof over their heads for a reasonable rent, he suggests.

For example, we have many nursing homes and empty apartment buildings, such as Ammerudhjemmet, Furuset nursing home and Grünerløkka nursing home, the latter with hundreds of rooms and centrally located.

Siavash Mubasher (red)

We need to take more permanent action. Oslo has over 76,000 students and is by far the largest student city in Norway. With that comes the responsibility of housing students and offering cheap rental housing. Today, less than one in seven students live in the student union dormitory in Oslo. He adds that the fact that so few of them live in government-subsidized student housing shows that more is needed.

Oslo is a popular city to study in, and many people want to go to the capital.

– There are more students every year, and it is absolutely necessary to do something to reduce the backlog of student housing. It is time for more student housing to be built in the coming years, and for student associations, local politicians, and national politicians to work together to make this happen. Only then will we avoid ending up in the same situation in the fall of 2023, says politician Ruddette.

Dagsavisen asked city councilman for urban development, Hannah Markusen (MDG), whether it was appropriate to use a nursing home, but she did not answer.

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