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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 1. 1969.

Image Blamed For Shortage

Image Blamed For Shortage

Deterioration of students' public image due to both internal and overseas unrest is considered to be the main reason for the lack of student accommodation in Wellington.

Mrs Brown, the Accommodation Officer, said that there had been more comment by landlords this year than was usual about the public image of students.

She felt that the public were misusing the word "student".

A dozen students answered a Salient advertisement about student accommodation in a newspaper last week.

Six of the inquirers said that resistance to students by land agents and private owners was apparent.

Resistance apparent

They also criticised the locality of the accomodation the Accommodation Service had offered them although their treatment by the Accomodation Service was satisfactory.

Mrs. Brown said: "Students highlight the overall lack of accommodation in Wellington".

She also says that the motorway development and the improvement in the country's economic condition are other reasons for the accommodation shortage.

This year the accommodation service had received 550 inquiries by students.

Of these 240 had been suitably accommodated.

Most satisfied

Forty-four of the 91 flats needed had been acquired satisfactority.

If the 118 people requiring full board 100 had been suited.

In 1967-68 27% of the accommodation offered to the service was declined as being "unsuitable for students" after the Accommodation Officer had visited the offers.