Demand for collegiate microapartments increases

The rising number of students leads to a shortage of collegiate apartments in many places. The construction of micro-apartments could help.

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According to the Federal Statistical Office, the number of students in Germany reaches a new record high in the winter semester 2017/2018. 2,847 million students are currently enrolled at German universities. This corresponds to an increase of 1.5 percent (40,800 students) compared to the previous year. Consequently, the demand for student-friendly housing is growing. Although many students live in shared flats to lower their monthly costs, rising rents are driving student room prices up. In university locations, the standard price for the current semester is 26 percent above the level from the summer semester 2012.

On the basis of several thousand rental ads for shared flats, research institutes compiled an overview, which gives information about the rental prices in this segment at the beginning of each semester. It supplies standard prices (average 50 percent value) for all major university locations in Germany as well as the price range for the gross rent of an unfurnished room, between 10 and 30 sq m in size. In view of the renewed increase, the German Association of Student Services Organisations is urgently demanding a federal social pact for building at least 25,000 new student apartments. In particular the construction of microapartments is therefore moving into the focus of student cities with high rents such as Frankfurt, Munich or Berlin.

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