Funding Housing

In course work and planning workshops, at Ryerson and York University, students and faculty explored the larger issues around study housing affordability. This is reflected in graduate work from YorkU’s ENVS6325 Critical Urban Planning Workshop, where students have explored such topics as student housing co-operatives, and privatization & affordable student housing, multi tenant housing and the experience in the York Village.

At Ryerson a third year studio (PLG620) was completed by students at the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University with the objective of investigating the feasibility of new student co-operative housing construction in the Toronto area, either as a new independent project, or in collaboration with the existing student co-operatives. The project was done under the larger umbrella of StudentDwellTO as a potential contributing solution to the lack of affordable housing options for students in the Toronto area. In terms of final deliverables, the studio team has created a final report as well as presentation outlining the research completed, ideas explored and potential solutions to be further looked into.

Further contributing to this topic are graduate students at UofT OISIE’s students in the program of Workplace and Organizational Learning for Social Change and in the Program in Adult Education and Community Development, where students are researching alternate financial models.

Research Topics & Course Findings

Financial Models

Privatization and Affordable Student Housing (York University)


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