Govt to ensure accommodation for varsity students through online portal

The Higher Education Ministry says it is committed to ensuring students living off-campus can find safe, affordable and suitable accommodation. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 21, 2022.

THE Higher Education Ministry (MOHE) will continue to monitor the administration of the Rumah Sewa Siswa (RSS) portal to ensure more premises for rental are listed at affordable rates to meet the needs of off-campus students. 

In a statement today, the ministry said public universities, through the Off-Campus Student Management Unit, need to continue to accommodate and help the students concerned. 

“Students are also advised to liaise with the unit at their respective public universities for advice on house hunting, rental contracts and other related matters. 

“MOHE, in collaboration with the Malaysian Universities Housing Council, is also examining the capacity of student accommodation on and off campus to cater to the increasing needs of students,” read the statement.

According to MOHE, the RSS initiative was launched last year and includes the establishment of Off-Campus Student Management Units in all public universities as well as the development of the RSS portal. 

It said that as of Monday, more than 29,000 students from all over the country registered on the RSS portal

The portal serves as a platform to assist students in their search for rentals in the vicinity of their respective campuses. 

“The listing of residences in the portal is carried out by public university officials, who are responsible for examining and ensuring that the residences identified are suitable for student accommodation in terms of rental rates, facilities and safety,” it said.

“MOHE continues to be committed to ensuring off-campus students obtain safe, affordable and suitable housing easily and quickly in line with the aspiration of ensuring the well-being of students in higher education institutions,” read the statement. – Bernama, September 21, 2022.

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