Pauperization of Greek Student Residencies



residIn Greece, thousands of students don’t have the opportunity to attend a university outside their hometown because their families’ low income can’t support a small apartment. But even if the students wish to stay at the Public Student Residence, they might not get in as the rooms are extremely limited. On the other hand, students who do eventually get a room in the residence, must live under poor conditions.

At the same time, in Serres, Northern Greece and in Larissa, central Greece, there are buildings which were built with the unique purpose of covering the needs of student housing and which nonetheless still remain empty. In other cities like Athens and Thessaloniki, rooms in residencies become available daily. However, instead of immediately being given to someone else on the waiting list, the rooms remain empty for months due to the extensive Greek bureaucracy.

A freshman student of the TEI of Athens said “If I won’t be accepted in the residence, I will have to go back home.” In many cities in Greece, hundreds of students are studying without anywhere to stay. Patras, in Peloponnese, is the a perfect example of this.”

Humidity is deteriorating the building of the Student Residence in Patras and rainy weather causes major leakage problems. A University of Patras student stated “The biggest issue is not to have a room at all. At this very moment, there are at least 50 students in the streets being continuously hosted from one place to another. In the past, if the residence’s rooms were not enough, the university was renting rooms in hotels for the students. Today, because of the ongoing crisis in Greece, the budget is restricted.”

At the Student Residence of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), the rooms are extremely humid, the power is not always on, the plumbing is so old that its leaking could result in the flooding of a whole floor and leave another without water. And of course there is no Wi-Fi.

In Larissa, the residencies are rather new. The students have power and hot water but the heating is not always on. Moreover, next to the already existing residencies, there is a new building with 300 rooms ready for use which nonetheless remains empty. “This is pure negligence,” highlighted a student.


6 COMMENTS

  1. Sigh What’s the point of articles? More far leftist propaganda.. To edumacate readers that the government is somehow to blame for the student’s parents not being able to fend for their own children?

    On please government give me money. I deserve it for sitting around on my fat -ss unemployed. Its also hard work rioting for “democracy” and “human rights”. We wonder why our country is a mess when we have become a nation of shameless beggars.

  2. Why do you only report and picture the old section of the student residences at NTUA in Zographou and ignore the massive complex of new student residences just down the road? You know, the nice warm and dry buildings without humidity, that have plumbing that works, plenty of hot water, air conditioning and wiFi etc that were built about 10 years ago.

    I guess including and picturing those wouldn’t be sensationalist enough for GR.

  3. My son went to university in Scotland, where we lived at the time. The student residences there are no better than the ones in Athens which I have seen but no one is complaining there. Parents – and children – are happy to be able to secure accommodation which does not cost the family a small fortune and so enable them to study and better their job qualifications. Most Scots children have to go away to study as the universities available are in the cities.

  4. Hey, its free so why should any parent or student expect even a 3 star hotel accomodation. England now charges both fees both for the school and housing.
    It creates the environment of repect rather than what is being done here.

  5. Obviously the author never visited dormitories at most major universities in Europe. Students do have expenses books, food, clothing, etc., and depending on the institution there is limited number of available rooms. Underscoring the problem in Greece, was the stupid useless strike that caused undue expense and hardships to the students and their families while they waited for the socialist led unionist administrators to wear themselves out.

  6. This looks remarkably similar to a Greek-language article that appeared in Eleftherotypia. Do you ever mention your sources here on GR?