PRESS RELEASE: Housing Affordability Missing in Latest ANU Accommodation Report

The latest report on campus accommodation (entitled ‘Review of the Division of Residential and Campus Communities’) shows that the University is more focused on its own cost cutting than taking the crisis in student housing affordability seriously. In it’s analysis of the “strategic role” of DRCC, the issue of affordability to students is notably absent.

These accommodation ‘budget solutions’ are no solutions to the serious budget crisis that many of ANU’s residents face due to housing stress. Based on a recently released Anglicare report, 87% of surveyed Canberra-based students are under housing stress and 15% have, at some point, been unable to find a suitable place to live while studying. Many students cannot afford to maintain a decent diet, let alone the health and dental services they need.  

Canberra Student Housing Cooperative believes that student housing affordability is a serious matter. Our co-operative has been offering a high-quality residential experience since 2011, at 20% less cost than the cheapest university option (and 40% cheaper than most rooms at Unilodge).

We call upon the Australian National University to take the real budget crisis seriously, that which is facing its students, by investing in the truly affordable student-driven models on offer.

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Canberra Student Housing Cooperative have vacancies arising between now and the start of Semester 1 2014. Please fill out the application form by following the link from the ‘Application Form’ tab above!

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Director Nominations Open

Interested in being involved in the strategic direction of the Canberra Student Housing Cooperative? Want to get your hands dirty (figuratively) in some good governance of a community non-for-profit organisation? Care about affordable student housing? Then you are in luck! It is six weeks until our AGM and the Canberra Student Housing Cooperative are now taking nominations for directors.

Terms will be between six and twelve months (dependent on constitutional amendments at the next AGM)

NB: You must be a primary member of the CSHC before your appointment of director can be completed. This does not mean you cannot nominate, it just means you would need to get your primary membership completed before the AGM in six weeks. Information about becoming a primary member can be found here

Fill out this form and send to by the 15th September 2013.

Even if you are fence-sitting you can withdraw later, make sure your nomination is in by the 15th September!


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Media release: CSHC welcomes Anglicare Report on Affordable Housing Shortage for Students

The Canberra Student Housing Cooperative (CSHC) last week welcomed Anglicare’s Report Living on the Edge which highlighted the shortage of affordable housing for tertiary students in Canberra.

The report stated that 87% of students who live out of home experience housing stress (spending 30% or more of weekly income on rent). 81% of students living in shared housing felt that housing costs took up too much of their budget.

The report also referred to previous findings by Anglicare, which state that even those students on Newstart, Youth Allowance or Austudy who receive Rent Assistance, are unable to afford shared accommodation in the ACT.

‘CSHC residents are lucky to have secure, affordable accomodation’, CSHC representative Georgia Ginnivan said. ‘But we are very aware that we are part of the privileged few. In one instance last year we had eleven times the number of applications than spots available’.

The report also noted that One solution recommended by respondents in the survey was the Student Housing Co-Op model, which provides an affordable and pleasant environment for students to live without the significant costs of constructing new college-style accommodation.’ 

The CSHC also applauds the finding that Expensive privately run student accommodation providers are not an adequate solution’.

‘We are thrilled that the co-operative model is being recognised as a serious viable alternative to current sub-par housing arrangements that so many ACT students face’, Ginnivan noted. ‘Appropriate housing stock for students is rapidly diminishing in the ACT, particularly in the Inner North, where we are. New, expensive housing developments bump up the market rent, which in turn increases what is defined as ‘affordable’.

‘We are looking forward to working with government to expand our projects to secure quality living for more Canberra students”, Ginnivan said.


Contact: Georgia Ginnivan on 0431 978 925

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Deadline Extended!

We’ve extended our deadline for this round of vacancies until the 26th May!

We have rooms available immediately and also towards the end of June and July this year. If you’ve applied previously please apply again!

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