During the last two years, I have been spending three hours and 30 minutes a day for commuting to school. With a bit of exaggeration, I spent half of my school life commuting to school from Gyeonggi-do. It made me very tired even by just coming to school and I always had to worry about transportation on my way back home. Until I persuaded my parents to get a room near the school, I did not think seriously about the problems for the youth housing. Through the hardships I experienced while seeking for houses, I tried to suggest problems and solutions for the youth housing.
I believe the most important factors for university students looking for dwellings are location and price. The residence I wanted the most was the school dormitory. It was perfect when I considered the distance between school and home and price, but it was able to accept only 751 students. This limited the students who live at Gyeonggi-do on entering the dorm, and it made me look for another option. While I searched near real estate offices, I figured out that there are many administrative supports provided for the youth housing. However, since many youths applied for the housing, it was difficult to get in. Also, the dormitories provided from the government are for every university students, which makes the distance less advantageous. I have seen a lot of other people suffering from similar problems. In the end, many university students including myself, have to look for private residences, which ask for several million won of security deposit and 300 thousand to 500 thousand won of monthly rental fees. Additionally, we need to pay utility bills for even bad conditioned housing and it is unable to cover only with part time jobs.
I believe the most effective way of solving these problems is sharing houses. Currently, the Seoul Metropolitan Government is providing “Han Jiboong Saedae Gonggam (Sympathy beyond generation in the house) Project.” It is a kind of share house that the elders loaning leftover rooms in cheap price for university students. Students can get dwellings in cheaper price and in return, spend time with the elders and share house chores for the elderly. Plus, a type of share house is very popular among the university students that the government rents a house from private corporations and again lend the rooms for university students where they share the living room. Also, the government is starting a policy called “Sharing Type Rent House for University Students” to lower the price of rental fees, trying to solve youth housing problems through “sharing.”
There are problems of sharing private area with strangers and it is still an ongoing issue. However, I believe “sharing” will play a critical role in solving the youth housing problems.
Ryu Byung-su firstname.lastname@example.org
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