The experience of students in the Turkish private rented sector during the Covid-19 pandemic

Aksoy Khurami, Esma
Özdemir Sarı, Özgül Burcu
Student accommodation in university towns provided by the private rented sector has been severely affected by distance education and the downturn in urban rental economies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though there are no predictions concerning the future of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to understand students' current experiences and paths to be ready for the adverse effects of possible future crises. A small university town, Menteşe/Muğla in Türkiye, is selected as a case study area to examine the initial impact of the pandemic on the private rented sector used by university students. One-fourth of the population is students in Menteşe, and they have been protesting about the high rent levels and poor housing conditions for years. This study focuses on the leasing and payment problems experienced by students during the pandemic, in addition to the difficulties in living conditions. These problems are considered significant regarding the future and resilience of the private housing market. The study concludes that the private rented sector should be regulated and monitored to overcome supply shortages and to improve housing quality. Also, a registration and licensing system is needed to identify student housing in the private market to overcome the difficulties arising in terms of leasing and housing quality.
Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
Citation Formats
E. Aksoy Khurami and Ö. B. Özdemir Sarı, “The experience of students in the Turkish private rented sector during the Covid-19 pandemic,” Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, pp. 0–0, 2024, Accessed: 00, 2024. [Online]. Available: