It's Time to Shine a Light on Student Housing
NATIONAL SURVEY ON STUDENT HOUSING
People seem to forget that students have to live somewhere. There is a striking lack of information on student housing in Canada, and the historic FLASH 2021 survey aims to fill that gap with data collected from campuses across the country that will support political action at both the national and local level.
By participating in the Fostering Learning and Awareness on Student Housing (FLASH) survey, student societies and universities from across the country will have the opportunity to come together around a joint, nonpartisan effort to collect groundbreaking data on student housing, at no cost. This project has three objectives:
Survey over 500,000 Canadian students about their living conditions, in close collaboration with student societies and universities.
Publish a national report on student housing to bridge the knowledge gap that is currently accelerating the current housing crisis in Canada.
Leverage this new information to raise awareness about student housing and encourage every level of government to take action.
UTILE is a Montreal-based non-profit organization founded by students in 2013 with the mission of promoting, studying and developing affordable student housing. UTILE’s previous research has already helped secure over $40 million in public and private funding to greenlight not-for-profit housing projects like the Woodnote in Montreal.
UTILE’s massive PHARE research project has successfully gathered data from over 10,000 respondents in Quebec in each of its iterations (2014, 2017 and 2019), providing critical and unprecedented data on student living conditions in the province. The FLASH 2021 project aims to bring this tested methodology to new communities across the country.
With multiple construction projects now underway, UTILE has begun sharing its expertise with student unions, governments and groups that want to tackle the issue of affordable student housing in other provinces. Its ultimate goal is to support the creation of a Canadian network of non-profits developing innovative and affordable housing options for students at scale in every province and territory.
Download the Executive Summary to get more detail about the project's context and goals.
Download the Research Outline to read the project themes, methodology, data use policy, report outline and questionnaire.
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