Chinanews.com, Beijing, December 12 (Zhang Yuhui) In recent years, with the expansion of colleges and universities to recruit master's students, the problem of shortage of accommodation resources has become more and more prominent. Providing dormitories for students is no longer an established rule in colleges and universities. "No accommodation arrangement", is the official announcement of the university reasonable?
Data map: Several postgraduate students re Xi in the public space of the teaching building of Nanchang University to prepare for the exam. Photo by Liu Lixin
Many colleges and universities have made it clear that they will not arrange accommodation
Chinanews combed and found that in recent years, many colleges and universities have made it clear in the enrollment brochure for master's students that they do not provide accommodation for some graduate students. For example, Xiamen University has made it clear in the 2024 master's enrollment brochure that the university will not arrange accommodation for part-time master's students and full-time master's students who are admitted for targeted employment (except for master's students of the Counterpart Support Program for Universities in the Western Region and the Program for High-level Backbone Talents of Ethnic Minorities).
Among them, some universities explicitly do not provide accommodation for full-time professional degree master's students. For example, Peking University's 2024 Master's Degree Enrollment Guide (Headquarters) clearly states that professional degree graduate schools do not arrange accommodation. Nanjing University clarifies that in principle, the university does not provide on-campus accommodation for 2024 professional degree master's students, and students need to arrange their own accommodation, and the university will provide appropriate transportation subsidies to full-time professional degree master's students. As early as 2019, Fudan University made it clear that it would not provide on-campus accommodation for post-secondary and master's students, and would work with relevant departments to expand off-campus accommodation resources and assist full-time students to solve their accommodation needs in a socialized way.
Some colleges and universities also implement a voluntary application system for full-time master's students. The accommodation of full-time master's students is subject to a voluntary application system, and the university provides housing for new students to choose within a certain range according to the existing dormitory resources.
Data map: Several postgraduate students re-Xi on the overpass of the teaching building of Nanchang University to prepare for the exam. Photo by Liu Lixin
Students: Academic achievement is the key to the selection
Xiao Jiang, who is studying for a master's degree in a university in Jiangsu, told Chinanews that before she was admitted to graduate school, she set a rental budget of 1200,1500-10,1300 yuan for herself, and in the end, she rented a house with a monthly rent of <>,<> yuan in a <>-minute commute from the school.
"When I applied for the exam, I also considered accommodation, but because of the school's high academic achievements and status, I really yearn for its aura, so I can ignore this." Xiao Jiang mentioned that he also communicated with his parents when he applied for the exam, and they agreed that as long as he could be admitted, he could also rent a house.
During her studies, Xiao Jiang can receive a transportation subsidy of 200 yuan per month, which is provided for college and master's students, although it cannot offset the rent, but it can relieve her financial pressure during her student years.
Compared with Xiao Jiang, Xiao Wang, who is studying at a university in Beijing, bears greater financial pressure. For an ordinary family, it is a big burden for her to share a master bedroom with a monthly rent of more than 5000,<> yuan with her roommates near the school. Xiao Wang said that she was "helpless" to take the school, and the aura of the school was enough for her to pay for it.
"It's probably a big trend." Xiao Jiang thinks.
Data map: Many postgraduate students re-Xi in the self-Xi room of the library of Nanchang University to prepare for the exam. Photo by Liu Lixin
Expert: It's normal
In response to the fact that many universities have announced that they will not arrange accommodation, Chu Zhaohui, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Education Sciences, said that there are two main reasons. On the one hand, with the expansion of college enrollment, the problem of limited accommodation resources has emerged. On the other hand, as adults, the risk of universities not providing accommodation for master's students is relatively low, so they will choose to let master's students arrange their own accommodation.
Chu Zhaohui said that from an international point of view, universities in most countries do not provide accommodation for master's students, and even universities in some countries do not provide accommodation for undergraduates, and at the same time, some universities will provide students with relatively stable housing.
"In terms of the function of the university itself, I think it's normal for the university not to provide accommodation for students at the graduate level." Chu Zhaohui believes that providing accommodation is an auxiliary function of universities, and under the planning system in the past, colleges and universities provided accommodation for more effective management, and from the perspective of long-term development of universities, not providing accommodation should be a norm. (ENDS)