By Sparsh Sharma-MBA Student & Blogger
There is dire shortage of suitable rental housing for many university students in Aarhus. The problem is bigger than what meets the eye, especially for internationals and obviously, students living on a budget.
The student housing office could not arrange any dormitory room and like many other unfortunate students, I was left to fend for myself. Even the International Center at Aarhus University was of no help.
I was offered temporary accommodation by a fellow and kind student, I had become friends with on facebook, before coming to Denmark. However, temporary arrangements do come to an end.
Meanwhile, after several requests and reminders to the International Center, I managed to get a dorm room in the far north! Five days after shifting here, I am still feeling the aftershocks of having moved so far away from Aarhus C; in between the very busy academic year.
The heater doesn’t work well in my room and the janitor is too easy-going to bother about getting the necessary moving-in inspection done or heeding to my repeated complaints.
I fail to understand a few things:
For a student city that Aarhus is, not having enough dorms within a few miles of the main university campus doesn’t bode well. Naturally, the ones located on the campuses and in or near downtown have some of the highest dorm rents and waiting lists as long as twelve months or more.
Why don’t they create more housing?
I had a talk about this with a Danish classmate and she said ,“We have a lot of space and want people to move out of the cities. They can commute in cars as it is easy to buy a car these days.”
I heard from another Dane that people objected to the taller dorm buildings being constructed at the harbor? My question to those who object is: What about the Internationals and students, who prefer living within the city – closer to the convenience of downtown?
The biggest victims of this shortage are no doubt the students – who make up a big part of the local economy –despite individual tight budgets.They get the short end of the stick and are often left with insufficient options available to them.
Many students in Copenhagen protested last year against the housing shortage by sleeping in the mayor’s office. I think this could happen soon in Aarhus, if prompt solutions are not found.
We implore those responsible for student accommodation solutions, to take swift action before our studies are affected adversely with this headache.