More Than a Third of University Students in Split Will Not Find Accommodation in Dormitories

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The search for student accommodation in Split. 

“There are all sorts of problems here, mostly wrong forms…”, says Nevenka Buzov, an employee of the Split Student Centre, while sifting through hundreds of applications for a place in student dormitories. Nevenka has been a member of the Accommodation Commission for a decade and still cannot understand why some students cannot send the necessary documents even after five attempts. She knows that until mid-November she will have to work on numerous student complaints and appeals, because there are so many of them who would like to find comfortable and financially affordable accommodation in student dormitories reports Slobodna Dalmacija on August 15, 2015.

Maja Škorić from Knin, a fifth-year student at the Faculty of Economics, has spent the last three years in the Bruno Bušić campus. She says that now she wants to move to the Spinut hostel. It is a little more expensive, but better. “The hostel has just a few rooms, so I think my chances are almost non-existent, but it is worth a try. You never know”, says Maja, a good student who is also looking forward to going to Portugal via the Erasmus student exchange.

On the other hand, her younger colleague at the university, Anita Ćapin from Imotski, would not move out of Bruno Bušić campus in a million years. “The dormitories there are the oldest, but they have a soul. It is at an excellent location, and the price is reasonable. I would never move”, says Anita.

Hopefully, the students will find a place in dormitories they want, but some other applicants have much greater demands. There are those who seek rooms with a sea view, or want to have their best friends as roommates. Representatives of the Student Centre say they will try to meet all the demands, of course, provided the students fulfil all the requirements.

As always, this year there were more interested students than there are beds in the dormitories, so it is certain that at least a third of candidates will have to rent a private apartment somewhere in the city. Places in dormitories will go to those who have better grades and lower social status.

“We have about two thousand applications, and there are 1,189 beds in dormitories. The prices depend on campus and whether it is a single or a shared room”, says Matko Matković, head of Accommodation Services.

For example, in the Bruno Bušić campus, there are 403 rooms, and the price is 400 kuna per month for a bed in a triple room. In a nearby hostel, there are 183 beds in mostly double rooms, with the price of 630 kuna. The most expensive is a newly built campus “Franjo Tuđman”, where students have to pay 790 kuna for a double room, and 100 kuna more for a single room.

The provisional ranking list with the names of those who will get a place in one of the dormitories will be published in early September, after the committee reviews all the submitted applications and documents. Moving in is planned for the period between October 1 and October 9.


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