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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Alternatives for student accommodation

HOME SWEET HOME: One of the listings on the database HOME SWEET HOME: One of the listings on the database

An online database, launched last year to assist CPUT students in the hunt for safe off-campus accommodation, has grown to include more than 700 beds.

The Off-Campus Housing Accreditation Program (OCHAP) aims to ease the pressure on student housing.

It allows students to trawl the database for private accommodation, which has been approved and accredited by CPUT officials.

The number of available beds is expected to increase to between 800 and 1 000 this year.

“Any service provider around CPUT campuses can apply through an online application system.

Students can freely select their place of choice in the bracket they can afford,” says Phillip Chibvuri from the CPUT Residence Business & Risk Assessment Centre.

To qualify, service providers have to provide five beds or more and adhere to a range of requirements. Officials will inspect the accommodation to ensure that the accommodation is safe and suitable for students while proof of ownership and other requirements will also be checked.

Owners pay a once-off fee before being added to the online database.

Lease agreements are also vetted.

“The project has the potential to change the student accommodation market and create a system where local universities adopt a common regulatory approach when dealing with accrediting properties,” says Chibvuri.
To visit the database, go to http://www.cput.ac.za/students/life/accommodation/ochap/properties

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za