The Effects of Shortage of Accommodation on Students’ Performance in Private Tertiary Institutions in Botswana

Douglas Chiguvi, Jairus T. Ndoma


The student accommodation has been a major area of concern with increasing student population in Botswana. This study investigated the effects of shortage of accommodation on students’ performance in the private tertiary institutions in Botswana. A questionnaire was used to collect data. The findings revealed that lack of space for construction of student hostels and lack of partnership between government and private tertiary institutions are some of the major causes to shortage of student accommodation. The study also found out that lack of hostel accommodation encourages truancy and consequently poor concentration on academic work. It was recommended that the government should provide land where student hostels will be built, especially near the institutions where students can easily have access and provide a walking distance.

Keywords: Student hostels/accommodation, student performance, Private tertiary institutions

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