Become a part of the conversation on student housing affordability by participating in a paid 2-hour focus group with StudentDwellTO! We want to hear from you about barriers and strategies to accessing housing, and ask you for your ideas on how to make student housing work for you and other students.
We are concerned about how rising rents, low vacancy, and inadequate student housing may be affecting students’ academic outcomes and overall well being, and want to make sure that affordable housing interventions involve the people they intend to serve. Questions cover:
1. Obstacles you have faced and strategies you have used in finding housing;2. The factors you consider when deciding where to live;3. Pros and cons of your current housing situation;4. Your housing budget;5. How housing may affect your academic outcomes;6. Things you would you like to change about your current housing situation; 7. Your recommendations on how to improve housing for students.
Eligible participants must be undergraduate, or graduate students registered full-time at OCAD, York, Ryerson or UofT. Both domestic and international students are welcome to participate. All participants will be compensated with a small honorarium for their time and light snacks and beverages will be provided. The focus group participation will anonymous, will take approximately 2 hours and will be audio recorded. The results of the study will be strictly confidential. If you decide to participate, your name, as well as all of your comments and contributions will remain anonymous.
To sign up to participate in a focus group, please fill out the form and we will contact the eligible participants in December. Please feel free to share this opportunity with other eligible students.