Cheap hous­ing, part-time jobs for DIAC stu­dents

Khaleej Times - - FRONT PAGE - Sar­wat Nasir

dubai — Here’s good news for uni­ver­sity stu­dents look­ing for af­ford­able hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties: A stu­dent hous­ing com­plex will be launched at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Aca­demic City (DIAC) by early 2020 which will also of­fer part-time jobs to help them pay for rent.

The stu­dent hous­ing project by The Myr­iad Dubai will be able to host more than 2,000 stu­dents and will have around 1,800 bed­rooms.

“Pro­vid­ing stu­dents with af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion is thor­oughly re­quired since it is dif­fi­cult for new stu­dents in the coun­try to find their way around. Help­ing stu­dents to find a job is an ex­tra bonus since this makes it eas­ier for them to earn money and start be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent,” Dubai stu­dent Jamila Quresh Aden told Khaleej Times.

More than 24,000 stu­dents are en­rolled in col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties lo­cated at DIAC but there are no in­de­pen­dent hous­ing units avail­able within the area.

dubai — an in­de­pen­dent stu­dent hous­ing com­plex, which will of­fer stu­dents part-time jobs to help them pay for rent, will be launched in the dubai in­ter­na­tional aca­demic city (diac) by early 2020.

the stu­dent hous­ing project by the myr­iad dubai will be able to host more than 2,000 stu­dents and will have around 1,800 bed­rooms, which will have util­ity-free rents.

myr­iad has part­nered with sev­eral re­tail out­lets to sup­port the stu­dents with dif­fer­ent ser­vices. de­tails on the rent of each apart­ment will be re­vealed next week.

“we of­fer gen­der seg­re­gated ac­com­mo­da­tion to stu­dents in the mid­dle east that is like no other and pride our­selves with pro­vid­ing safety, se­cu­rity, clean­li­ness and world-class man­age­ment to achieve a con­ve­nient pur­pose-built en­vi­ron­ment.

“we also pro­vide stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to par­take in part-time jobs, if re­quired, to sup­port with rental fees,” myr­iad’s web­site said.

cur­rently, more than 24,000 stu­dents study in col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties lo­cated in the dubai in­ter­na­tional aca­demic city (diac), though, there are no in­de­pen­dent hous­ing units avail­able to stu­dents within the area.

in dubai­land, how­ever, stu­dent hous­ing called uninest is avail­able to stu­dents. it has a to­tal of 424 beds, util­ity bills are in­cluded and there are free shut­tle buses to uni­ver­si­ties, beaches and malls. the rents are paid monthly and start from dh2,650 and are up to dh4,800.

khaleej times has re­ported pre­vi­ously on the rents of stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tions owned by pri­vate uni­ver­si­ties. rit dubai of­fers 210 beds in sin­gle, shared or stu­dios for prices rang­ing from dh24,000 to dh45,000 yearly.

dubai stu­dents have wel­comed the move by myr­iad, which of­fers stu­dents part-time job op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port them with rent pay­ment.

“pro­vid­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents with af­ford­able stu­dent ac­com-

Help­ing the stu­dents to find a job is an ex­tra bonus since this makes it eas­ier for them to earn money and start be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent.”

mo­da­tion is thor­oughly re­quired since it is dif­fi­cult for new stu­dents in the coun­try to find their way around. help­ing the stu­dents to find a job is an ex­tra bonus since this makes it eas­ier for them to earn money and start be­com­ing in­de­pen­dent,” jamila quresh aden, a stu­dent in dubai, said.

am­reen galib damji, a first-year uni­ver­sity stu­dent, feels that in­de­pen­dent

Giv­ing stu­dents af­ford­able hous­ing and a help­ing hand to find part-time jobs is es­sen­tial for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.” Am­reen Galib Damji, stu­dent

hous­ing is bet­ter than rooms pro­vided by uni­ver­si­ties.

“hav­ing stu­dent hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties is es­sen­tial. this is be­cause it pro­vides the stu­dents with a place to call home, away from home. stay­ing at a uni­ver­sity hos­tel is not the same since it doesn’t give the stu­dent a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the feel of liv­ing in the real world, since many of the ser­vices are pro­vided and we are given re­stric­tions and rules which aren’t usu­ally given when you grow up and be­gin liv­ing alone,” she said.

“giv­ing stu­dents af­ford­able hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties and pro­vid­ing them a help­ing hand to find part­time jobs — which helps them to earn some sort of in­come (pocket

I be­lieve that pro­vid­ing stu­dent hous­ing will make it eas­ier for them, es­pe­cially for the in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.” Aisha Isa-za­ilani, stu­dent

money) — is es­sen­tial in case of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. they have very lit­tle ex­per­tise when it come to find­ing jobs over­seas.”

aisha isa-za­ilani, an­other stu­dent study­ing at a uni­ver­sity in the diac, said: “i think the in­tro­duc­tion of a stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion is a good idea. this is be­cause most of the time peo­ple come from dif­fer­ent coun­tries to study here and they get no idea where to start their search for home from. i be­lieve that hav­ing the stu­dent hous­ing there will make it eas­ier for stu­dents, es­pe­cially in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.”

the myr­iad stu­dent hous­ing will be com­pleted in the first quar­ter of 2020.

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