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The Quality of Students’ Accommodation in Nigeria’s Tertiary Institutions

Olayinka Ajala, Adewale Akingbade, Afolabi Olabamiji, Elijah Folorunsho

Abstract:The quality of students’ accommodation has been one of the factors that influence students’ academic performance and achievements. This has been shown in Sustainable Development Goals as related to education and housing. This paper thus assessed the quality of students’ accommodation in a Nigeria’s tertiary institution. The objectives are to determine the factors responsible for students’ choice of accommodation and examine the variation in students’ accommodation based on their quality. Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 212 (10%) students living in 8 on-campus and 8 off-campus hostels in the study area. Questionnaires were used as research instruments in this paper. This study adopted descriptive, inferential, and spatial analytical techniques. The results reveal that the hostel fee was higher off-campus than on-campus, while the power supply was more stable at on-campus hostels than at off-campus hostels. At a p-value greater than alpha at 0.05, and an F-calculated value of 1.613 which was less than the F-tabulated value of 1.71 at F0.05, 15, 196, there was no statistically significant variation in the overall mean value of the factors considered for the quality of students’ accommodation across all sixteen hostels. This paper concludes that the quality of students’ hostels is not significantly different in both on-campus and off-campus in the study area. This paper thus recommends that the quality of students’ accommodation should be improved without exerting an exorbitant fee on students. There should also be a government policy regulating the off-campus and on-campus hostels in terms of fees and quality. 
Keywords: quality of studentsâ / accommodation / Tertiary / hostels / campus / fee

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