Understanding the Determinants of Students' Choice of Occupancy for Creative Construction

Tidimalo Kobue, Ayodeji Oke, Clinton Aigbavboa

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Opportunities for creativity and innovation are always factors that need to be considered when it comes to student accommodation since students are clients in any form of accommodation provided. The study was undertaken to evaluate the factors that affect students' choice of occupancy in privately owned residences in a South African higher education institution as well as provide insight to housing providers on what factors to give attention to and improve. Students always look for residences that are within a walking distance to campus, meaning it should be close to campus, secure, within a friendly environment or location and have unlimited internet service for academic reasons. The study used primary data obtained through the survey method with the use of structured close-ended questionnaires which were distributed to students living in a privately owned residence. Convenience sampling was used with 55 questionnaires distributed and 50 were returned and worthy to be analysed. Literature was used to obtain factors that were utilised for data collection. Overall, student housing providers including private housing providers should take caution on the factors that affect students choice of occupancy in privately owned residences, thus consider what influences and attracts students to stay in privately owned residences and implement creative and innovative initiatives to better the residences. This study will help accommodation providers (existing and new developments) to enhance residences, attract more occupants without compromising their needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-428
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventCreative Construction Conference, CCC 2017 - Primosten, Croatia
Duration: 19 Jun 201722 Jun 2017


  • accommodation
  • privately owned
  • residences
  • satisfaction
  • students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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