Housing for married students: a basis for a positive program

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute

The major objective of this study was to provide a factual basis for formulating a married student housing program should such a course of action be undertaken by either private initiative or by the institute’s authorities.

In attempting to accomplish this objective, the author set out to determine the extent of the existing housing problem as related to student and college growth as well as its implications for future housing needs.

The determination was based on both the analysis of a survey questionnaire distributed to all married students and the analysis of V. P. I.‘s recent study on A Long-Range Building Program prepared for the Board of Visitors in 1959.

The results indicated that in addition to the lack of adequate housing facilities and its burdensome cost to married students, little consideration had been given, by either the College or community, to the problems and needs of this group as well as its limiting effects upon College and community growth.

The obvious implication was that student enrollment could not exceed available accommodations. Although the College, in the past, has been dependent upon the community to absorb its excess enrollment (to the extent of 35 percent of total enrollment), neither the College nor the community has made any realistic plans to avert the impending housing crisis.

Based on an estimated married student enrollment of 20 percent of a total enrollment of 10,000 students by 1970 - 1975, there will be an additional need of 1500 new married students dwelling units. With the problem thus established, the question that immediately arose was: to whom and to what extent does the responsibility for providing adequate housing facilities for the institutional population belong?

In part, this was answered by the student survey. But in order to establish a comparative and factual basis for determining housing responsibility, as well as to formulate a guide for recommending a positive housing program at V. P. I., a survey of college housing programs was initiation by the author.

The results of this survey indicated that at least 85 percent of the land-grant colleges had a positive program for married students housing. In addition, almost all the institutions felt that the… “institution should attempt to furnish facilities not provided by private developers.”

Thus, by evaluating, from different approaches, the housing problems, policies, and programs of both V. P I. and at other institutions, a guide towards developing a married students housing program was formulated.