More than nine major learning institutions operate in Bellville and the Greater Tygerberg area. These include the University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University Business School (located in Tyger Valley), the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Tygerberg Hospital, Boston City Campus, Northlink College and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, among others. Many of their students travel from across the country to participate in the quality education that these institutions offer.
When those students arrive, they need many things to make their stay comfortable. Accommodation is the obvious starting point. Despite that, recent research indicates that there is a backlog of more than 80 000 student beds in South Africa. Private rentals for houses and apartments can be prohibitively high, and so students need other, better accommodation alternatives where they can be safe and also sociable. With cheaper building stock and located in the Urban Development Zone, Bellville is an attractive development opportunity for student accommodation developers.
Park Central Lifestyle is one company that has taken advantage of this opportunity. While they’re not the only operator in Bellville, they are the biggest, with six residences dotted around the Bellville and Parow central business districts, providing cost-effective accommodation for students. A seventh residence opened in the Elizabeth Park precinct earlier this month.
The residences are equipped to ensure students can build a safe, comfortable home from home. Communal kitchens, social spaces and shared laundry, as well as free, high speed Wi-Fi, as well as security features such as biometric access, 24-hour security and on-site CCTV are all provided.
For more information about the Park Central lifestyle, Park Central Lifestyle’s website here.