Landlords in Bulawayo are reported to be demanding US$35 to US$40 per room from students residing outside the campus at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).
This has forced the students to resort to squatting and engaging in campus marriages as rental charges have become unsustainable. A student who spoke to Sunday News on condition of anonymity had this to say:
This situation is now worse than before, rentals are now costly and our parents cannot afford such kind of money on a monthly basis so we end up negotiating with our colleagues to share a room without the knowledge of the landlord.
Some of us end up engaging in immoral habits whereby we end up living with students of the opposite sex just to secure accommodation, we, therefore, request that Government builds more hostels equally affordable like on-campus rentals.
Meanwhile, the construction of an upmarket accommodation facility to house more than 1 000 students in Bulawayo by the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) started in 2019.
IDBZ chief marketing and public relations officer Priscilla Zvobgo said the expected project completion date is 30 June 2020, with the operational dates set to be the first semester of 2021.