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A hidden crisis? The experience and impacts of precarious housing among international students in the private rental sector

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This is a website for the ARC Discovery Project, A hidden crisis? The experience and impacts of precarious housing among international students in the private rental sector (DP190101073). The project examines the circumstances and experiences of international students in the private rental sector.

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‘No one would even know if I had died in my room’: coronavirus leaves international students in dire straits

The article explains findings of research that surveyed international students before and after the pandemic hit. Despite the vital contribution international students make to the Australian economy and our cities and regions, almost all of these students have to make their own way in one of the world’s most unaffordable housing markets. The report examinesContinue reading “‘No one would even know if I had died in my room’: coronavirus leaves international students in dire straits”

The Pandemic and International Students in the Private Rental Sector

This article is based on a survey of international students that closed in early December 2019 and 11 in-depth interviews. It shows that even before the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, a sizeable proportion of international students in the private rental sector were in a precarious situation.  

Project Report

The Experience of International Students Before and During COVID-19: Housing, work, study, and wellbeing Despite the vital contribution international students make to the Australian economy and our cities and regions, almost all of these students have to make their own way in one of the world’s most unaffordable housing markets (Pawson et al. 2020). The Report, drawingContinue reading “Project Report”

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“I will never come to Australia again”

Laurie Berg and Bassina Farbenblum write: ‘In the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown in March, many temporary visa holders working in heavily casualised industries, such as hospitality and retail, lost their jobs and struggled to meet basic living expenses. These included international students, backpackers, graduates, sponsored workers and refugees, among others. Despite the devastatingContinue reading ““I will never come to Australia again””

Visa applications by international students plummet

International students … Madeleine Morris writes: ‘International student visa applications from outside Australia have dropped off a cliff, raising serious concerns of an increasing budget black hole for Australian higher education. …  an increasing body of evidence suggests it is not only the border closures that are turning international students off Australia, but also the wayContinue reading “Visa applications by international students plummet”