South Africa only has 26 public universities. Including six former Technikons now called Universities of Technology.
South Africa’s geographic population distribution means that the requirement for on-campus residences grossly outstrips supply, now and for the foreseeable future. This allowed an opportunity for off-campus student accommodation like The Fields in Pretoria.
Towards the end of the 1990s and into the early 2000s, apartments near university campuses were being converted into student accommodation. In theory, this is a win-win situation. A new industry creates jobs and adds millions in tax revenue.
The principle sounds good, but as we all know when there is money to be made, there are unscrupulous players. These players bought completely neglected apartment buildings, some office blocks, and partitioned the space into tiny rooms barely large enough to fit a single bed. Basics such as toilets and running water were almost non-existent and the facilities that existed were not maintained. University authorities and law enforcement worked to eradicate these slumlords and put them out of business. Unfortunately, there is such an enormous need and not enough enforcement, so places like these continue to exist.
The right accommodation can literally mean the difference between success and failure.
Some context: Imagine living in a dirty, dangerous, crime ridden, and constantly noisy environment. You could develop communicable diseases, become a crime victim and most likely never sleep or get any work done. It’s not rocket science to realise how an environment this toxic affects your life and your studies. Choosing the right accommodation is as important as choosing a university and what you will study, possible more!
Before researching, make a list of what you want and perceive are the most important features of an off-campus accommodation. This may vary slightly for each person. For a start, every list should include answers to these questions:
Answering these requires research. The best advice we can offer is take the time to get the research done – it’s worth it. Make a comparative list of different accommodations with answers to the top questions and the others you have added.
When comparing things, we like to set the bar and compare others to that bar. While doing research for this article, that’s what we did. After answering all the questions above and adding our niche requirements, it makes the most sense to choose The Fields in Hatfield (1078 Burnett Street).
So why The Fields?
Here’s hope this post has conveyed how important it is to select the right off campus accommodation. Remember, where you choose to live can be the difference between success and failure and failure at university will affect your entire life. Contact us now via email, phone 012 362 5570/4504 or WhatsApp and let one of our knowledgeable and helpful assistants answer your questions.