StudentDwellTO — a cross disciplinary research project on affordable student housing being conducted by the University of Toronto, Ryerson, OCAD, and York University — wants to know more about students' experiences finding affordable homes in Toronto.
The project's researchers, which include Daniels Faculty Assistant Professor Mauricio Quirós Pacheco and recent graduate Kearon Roy Taylor (MArch 2018), are now recruiting students for a paid, two-hour focus group to help them gain more insight into barriers and strategies that students face in accessing housing and how housing could be better designed to address students' needs.
Toronto’s housing crunch has made headlines over the last several years. The city is currently experiencing a severe lack of affordable rental units, and the vacancy rate in 2017 dropped to 1%, the lowest number in over 16 years (Myles 2017). This housing crisis, while impacting everyone living in Toronto, has specific impacts on students that need to be understood through further research.
To be eligible for the focus group, participants must be undergraduate, or graduate students registered full-time at OCAD, York, Ryerson or U of T.
Image, top from Matthew McKenna's thesis, "Typologies for Neighbourhood Densification"