Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

P & R Vol.2 Issue 4
Students Dilemma in Private Hostels in Islamabad: A Policy Perspective
Publication Year : 2021

In Islamabad, students pay more than half of their pocket money for a hostel room. Nearby areas of different universities private hostels are charging the minimum of 10,000 rupees for a room of 3–4-person occupancy and the double occupancy room rent charges are ranging from 12,000 to 16,000 rupees, the single-seater ranging from 12,000 to 16,000 rupees (prices are average may be higher or lower in some areas, depends on the location). The food they serve to students is unhygienic and unhealthy. There is no proper check and balance by the district administration to increase the quality of food. Normally, students take their meal in restaurants which cost them an extra amount. The internet facilities they provide is often very slow because of the huge numbers of devices connected and the students are in dire need to pay an extra amount to recharge their internet packages from their pocket money. Firstly, the current government shall encourage investment in building studio apartments for students and bachelors in every sector to bring ease to their lives and end the monopoly of hostels in nearby universities areas. This will encourage investment in the new business opportunities in building studio flats in different sectors.