With its current 8,500 students set to increase drastically, Machakos University College in Machakos town offers unique opportunity for investors in student hotels  and other university student-relevant facilities.

The university principal Prof. Francis Mathooko  is already appealing to investors to start making such investment ahead of the expected increase after the university becomes an independent university within a few months.

Increase in Students

Prof. Mathooko told a congregation of fresh students, “The University is at advanced stages of being accredited to a full-fledged university.”  The Charter is expects to be granted within the next six months, he said. Some 2,901 students have been admitted to pursue various courses offered at the university.

Housing has been one of the major challenges for universities around the country because of the high and rapid increase of students. In 2010 there were some 140,000 tertiary students in Kenya. Their numbers rose to around 219,000 in 2012 and Kenya’s Economic Survey 2013 revealed that there are now as many as 240,000 students.

Challenge of Housing for University Students

“This is the hard side of the rapid expansion of higher education in Kenya, where far greater numbers of students have opportunities than a decade ago but universities are hard-pressed to accommodate them – in classrooms or residences,” says the universityworldnews.com while analyzing the student accommodation situation in Kenya.

Most affected universities are Nairobi, Chuka and Machakos.

Indeed, universities all over the country have sent out appeals to investors to take up the opportunity to put up decent and affordable accommodation for students.  However, so far there has been little positive response, especially from investors that could make a difference.