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Separate room - Dagsavisen

Separate room – Dagsavisen

Anyone who saw the beginning of school approaching while still having to live far from the place of study in their childhood home recalls the panic that accompanies not having a place of their own to live. Everyone also knows that there are always places to live, even in the tightest housing market, if you have the money to pay for the house. Most students don’t have it.

Everyone also knows that there are always places to live, even in the tightest housing market, if you have the money to pay for the house. Most students don’t have it.

The logic of the market leads to its absurd logic here, too: students who, with the help of their wealthy parents, can buy a house, are happy to rent a room or two to other students, and who then end up repaying the loan to the one who is already well off. When rent is expensive, and student housing is scarce, it is best to buy it for someone who can afford it. It’s part of common sense for the market. This does not generally mean that it is a reasonable student policy.

The solution to this is to build more student housing quickly, so that young people can escape the housing market in economically weak years. More student housing also indicates that society values ​​future nurses, lawyers, teachers, dentists, future researchers and anyone else who becomes an important part of the social fabric. Student housing is also a place where young people in a new city can find community and avoid loneliness.

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Figures from July this year It states that less than 15 percent have access to student housing. The number of students in the knowledge society is increasing, but the number of new student housing is not following suit. The goal of the Norwegian Students Organization (NSO) is for one in five students to be able to live outside the private rental market. In the private market, prices increased by 5% in the second quarter of 2022 compared to last year. In Oslo, the average price is close to 15,000 NOK. Accommodation or room costs between 8000 and 9000 NOK.

The number of students in the knowledge society is increasing, but the number of new student housing is not following suit.

Unfortunately, Higher Education Minister Ola Borten Moe (Sp) is more interested in blaming others than taking responsibility.

Tell TV2 that the host municipalities, The municipality of Oslo in particular should facilitate further construction. The municipality of Oslo does not agree with the minister and points out that the construction of student housing is a government task.

Burton Moe also blames the student unions, which he believes should have built more homes for its capital.

But the Swedish Confederation of Trade Unions states that increased construction costs mean that the state’s fixed cost framework for such projects is inadequate.

Ensuring that students have a place to live and that young people are not left to market forces is fundamentally a political responsibility. Take it.

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