Safety in student residences matters!

  • N. Gopal University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
  • C. van Niekerk University of Kwa-Zulu Natal


Despite a national call for “The provision of accessible, decent, safe and academically conducive student accommodation (Nzimande, 2011) safety in student accommodation in South Africa remains a serious challenge. Against the backdrop of the provision of safe student accommodation, this study, through a qualitative research design, examined residence students’ experiences of safety and security in student accommodation (residences). Through narrative enquiry the study-generated data from purposively sampled male and female residence students representing undergraduate and postgraduate students.  The data points to fears and anxieties of students living in residences enabled by a vulnerable (unsafe) residence environment.




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How to Cite
Gopal, N., and C. van Niekerk. 2018. “Safety in Student Residences Matters!”. South African Journal of Higher Education 32 (3), 172-88.
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