ANA Investigation: Housing Shortages Have Pushed Up Rent Prices for Students

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Finding accommodation will be a greater challenge for the new batch of students that are taking up places in universities and technological educational institutes in Greek towns and cities in the new academic year, according to the findings of an Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) investigation.

A shortage of housing, partly as a result of properties being leased through Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms, has led to a dearth of properties in central locations and price hikes for rented accommodation further out.

According to property market experts, rents have increased by 20 pct in the last five years while in Attica rents have gone up by 10-15 pct in comparison with 2018, even in formerly cheap areas.

In Thessaloniki, student accommodation costs roughly 10 pct more than it did last year and private student housing can cost 500 euros per month, all inclusive.

Cities where rents remain affordable, according to the survey, include Patras, Larisa, Trikala, Karditsa, Ioannina, Komotini and Alexandroupolis.

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  1. This article would have benefitted from some comparison with how universities in the United States have met this challenge. My travels in the US have shown me that most universities seem to have very active construction projects involving student housing, dormitories if you will. Indeed universities in the US have taken this a step further by enlisting the private sector to help meet demand for student housing.
    Greece would benefit from a bit of outward looking approach to its challenges. But then again, Greece is a nation with so many problems that it stubbornly will not face head-on – rampant alcoholism to name one (just one problem that never seems to confronted in the pages of Ethnikos Kirikas – English Edition). Or just poor priorities – as a young man I was always struck by the lack of nurseries (of the green variety – trees, bushes, flowers). Also noticed that in a country that seemed to have a bar on every corner so to speak one rarely saw a toy store in Greece. Reach your own conclusions about that.

    Growing up in the New York’s Greek community, I was always struck by the laser focus Greek immigrants had about problems that American society exhibited. I concluded that Greece must be a country that lacked any such problems. Years of travelling to Greece disabused me of that notion. Failing to confront problems in Greece has its consequences. A drunk tax driver who repeatedly tried to run down one acquaintance of mine had written off her Greek ancestry because of…

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