On the surface, it’s not quite clear what the point of the new model is.
It’s unclear whether it’s a return to the traditional model of student housing, or whether it’ll be a more streamlined way of offering accommodation, a service, or both.
For some, however, the change seems inevitable.
“I think this is a good move,” said Dr Stephen Hough, a lecturer at the University of Western Australia.
He is a member of the Faculty of Architecture at the university.
Dr Hough said the concept of the campus as a ‘service’ was a great concept in its own right, but also needed to be taken into account.
In order for a service to be truly sustainable, students must be able to use their resources to meet the needs of their community, he said.
However, he acknowledged the university was still struggling with its own housing problem, with student housing rates currently being higher than the national average.
The university’s Housing Minister, Paul Jones, said the move would not affect any student accommodation currently in operation, but rather provide a service for students who could not afford their own accommodation.
As part of the scheme, students will be able choose from a range of different accommodation options, including shared or shared-use accommodation.
It is hoped that this model will allow students to take advantage of the flexibility and flexibility of being able to rent or buy their own property, rather than having to resort to paying rent to a landlord, Dr Jones said.
“It allows us to provide students with a choice between renting accommodation or paying a deposit to be able access the services and facilities that they need,” he said, adding that students will have to make an investment to buy their property.
While this is the first time the university has made any changes to its housing policy, it has a history of making changes to meet changes in the economy.
Students at Western Australia’s Adelaide and Canberra campuses were forced to relocate after a housing crisis in the 1980s, following a property boom.
Since then, the state has seen the rise in the number of students coming to live and study in their universities, and the number is expected to continue to grow.
This model is similar to what has been attempted by some Australian universities, including Sydney University and Melbourne University.
University of Queensland has a similar scheme for students, and it also allows students to rent their own rooms, but with a higher rate of return than the university’s own accommodation service.
Professor John Kavanagh, head of the Centre for Housing Policy and Strategy at the Australian Council of Social Service, said it was important that the university had considered the broader economic and social implications of the changes.
“[The university] will have a greater opportunity to consider the impact on students of any changes in their housing policy,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“In my opinion, if we were to remove the student accommodation, that is going to increase the risk of an increase in the costs of renting accommodation, which is what they are going to need.”
“It is also likely to have a negative impact on the supply of housing in general.”
Dr Haugh, from the University’s Faculty of Architectural Studies, said he was also concerned about the impact of the move on local residents.
I think we have to look at the long-term ramifications of this decision, he told the ABC.
If you were to take a look at [student accommodation] as an amenity, it would be one of the things that students would be spending their time doing, he added.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, around 20 per cent of Australian households are currently renting, with more than a quarter of people living with a partner or partner-in-law.
Despite the growing demand for accommodation, Dr Hough described the move as “a pretty big gamble” for the university and the industry.