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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

UPEI students struggle to find areas amid the accommodation crunch

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Key takeaways: 

  • ‘This has been a difficult year for finding housing.’
  • P.E.I.’s housing situation is taking a toll on international students expecting to move here for the fall term.

Several post-secondary students are still attempting to ensure housing accommodations on Prince Edward Island with less than a month till the semester starts. 

Tanguy Rugamba, a fifth-year engineering student at UPEI, usually starts looking for accommodation in mid-August. This year, he began his quest in July. He, nonetheless, hasn’t had any luck.

“The school year is nearly here, and I don’t know how it’s going to go,” he said.

“If I don’t find a home by then, I’ll have to stay [in] a hotel for the time being … because there’s no other way I can work with it.”

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Several post-secondary students are still attempting to ensure housing accommodations on Prince Edward Island with less than a month till the semester starts

Nearly 400 people are on the waitlist at UPEI for a place in one of the three on-campus living buildings. 

Relying on the room, several students have been waiting since February. But all the places officially filled up by the middle of April. 

“This has been a difficult year for finding accommodation,” stated Laura O’Laney, acting director for ancillary services at UPEI.

“It means a lot of pressure and emotions are high … we’re getting many teary phone calls and doing whatever we can as a university to find them a home to stay.”

Source – CBC News

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