“Since the summer months there has been a very high demand
on the part of students and their families to be able to rent a room. They are
experiencing a lot of difficulties, because the rents are high and the supply
is very small”, he claimed.
Speaking to the Lusa agency, the president of the Coimbra
academy explained that the average value of renting a room has increased by
“In Coimbra, the average value of rents is now around 270 to
290 euros, when before there were rooms at an average of 200 euros per month.
The average value of a room has gone up a lot and becomes heavy on the pockets
of students' families, which can be reflected in a greater school dropout”, he
In his opinion, the Government should see what is happening
with the market for renting rooms to students.
“In the case of Coimbra, the situation is a little
unregulated, with prices increasing in an unreasonable way compared to previous
years”, he added.
To help students find accommodation, Associação Académica de
Coimbra “has some options, from guiding them to university residences or
through the certified habitability project”.
“This certificate has been in great demand every day, we are
constantly visiting new rooms and carrying out new inspections, but there is
really a lot of demand for the offer that there is”, he said.
The student representative also said that the number of beds
available in university residences "is too little" for a city with
25,000 university students.