Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 1. 28 February 1972
In recent years the Student's Association has been unwilling to speculate in flats for students for fear they would not be a viable financial proposition. (This year the Students Association is able to sub-let Ministry of works properties for student accommodation but these will only be short term The University administration seems to have no concern for the matter either. They need more space for offices and tutor's rooms themselves.
The University expands and students are forced to live further away from it. With the motorway encroachment as well, any community feeling among students is being rapidly depleted as has already occured in Auckland.
There are reasons to cause both the University administration and the Student's Association to hesitate, but any businessman from the city does not hesitate to buy either land for flats, or already existing flats. Why is it, then that both the above-mentioned have done nothing concrete before this? We are tired of surveys and surveys. If a block of 100 four bedroomed self contained flats were available now they could all be filled overnight, literally.
This is not the burden of local churches or of local business houses, but they do what they can. We need definite arrangements now and action on the accommodation shortage for next year.