Regional Tasmanian students disadvantaged by Uni housing costs

The University of Tasmania needs to do more on the accommodation front to ensure regional Tasmanians are not dissuaded from pursuing and continuing further education, according to Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.

“Constituents have approached me to advise the University is not renewing leases on student housing, causing considerable angst among regional students who cannot afford Hobart’s very expensive private rental market,” Senator Martin said.

“This is unfair on students from the country because Hobart students often already have their own accommodation or live with their parents.”

“I have written to the Vice Chancellor offering to go into bat in Canberra for him and suggesting the University tackle the problem by increasing the supply of student accommodation and offering more courses outside Hobart.”

“Further expanding the University’s footprint in regional Tasmania will give all Tasmanian students a fairer go, it will boost economic activity in regional centres, and make it a truly all of Tasmania university,” Senator Martin concluded.