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Reshaping urban space through studentification in
Reshaping urban space through studentification in

Author(s): Ronnie Donaldson, Maléne Campbel, Julian Benn, Annelie de Jager
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Urbanistični inštitut Republike Slovenije
Keywords: studentification; Stellenbosch; Bloemfontein; urban restructuring; neighbourhood quality

Summary/Abstract: Accommodation shortages on campus force students to find accommodation in the private sector. These shortages result in single family residents increasingly being targeted for redevelopment into student housing. Studentification is a process where the original residents in the vicinity of tertiary institutions are gradually displaced due to an in-migration of students causing spatial dysfunctionality where, eventually, only the needs of a student subculture are catered for. The purpose of this paper is to provide insights into the reshaping of urban space due to studentification in the two South African cities of Bloemfontein and Stellenbosch. Empirical data on key aspects of studentification was obtained from two questionnaire surveys among permanent residents, as well as students, in both cities. The paper proposes that the main role-players, such as universities and local municipalities, should ideally all form part of planning strategies for student housing.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 25 (s)
  • Page Range: S176–S188
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English