Press Release on our Housing Report
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2017
Victoria’s Student Housing Crisis: A Presentation by the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
VICTORIA BC-–On October 19, 2017 at 6:30pm at Wild coffee students, teachers, and community members are invited to a free event hosted by the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) on affordable housing in British Columbia. The goal of the event is to present research findings on a recent study conducted by VIPIRG and bring awareness to housing issues affecting students and the wider community.
Who: Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
What: Research Launch
When: Thursday October 19th 2017. 6:30PM
Where: Wild Coffee
Finding affordable housing on and off campus is becoming increasingly difficult for post-secondary students in Victoria, British Columbia. Lack of affordable housing has far-reaching impacts for both individual health and wellness and society. Some of the major research findings were:
- The vast majority of students (77.46%, n=299) indicated that finding a place to live in Victoria was difficult or very difficult
Finding housing in Victoria is extremely difficult due to high rent, lack of housing, high competition, and illegal and discriminatory practices by property owners/managers.
- Housing in Victoria has a negative impact on students’ finances, mental health, and diet
A majority of students (58.29%, n=225) reported that most of their total income is used for rent/housing costs
Approximately 70.46% (n=272) reported yearly income that places them below the national low-income cut-off (LICO), also known as “the poverty line” (UFCW, 2009)
45.72% (n=176) indicated that housing had a negative or very negative impact on their finances.
42.23% of students reported experiencing difficulty paying rent in the last six months
More racialized students indicated that housing had a negative impact on their diet and mental health
Presenters at the event will elaborate on these findings and provide a broader understanding of the student housing crisis.
VIPIRG is a place where students and community members connect to work together on social justice and environmental issues.
Read a summary of the report here.