With the start of the new academic year, thousands of students are expected to return to the Jacaranda City. With this comes a demand for cheap accommodation in the Hatfield area. The Freedom Front Plus Youth in Gauteng wishes to warn students against scammers taking advantage of them by conning them into paying rental deposits through advertisements for private accommodation.
“Students should always first meet at the specified address with the person advertising the accommodation. They should not pay any money,” says Jean Kriek, the Gauteng Youth leader of the Freedom Front Plus.
“Always secure your student accommodation through a reliable and registered rental agency rather than dealing with a personal advert on the internet. Students must, wherever possible, make use of tertiary institution’s official accredited rental agents for private accommodation,” says Kriek.
According to the University of Pretoria, all residential accommodation has already been filled to capacity. “We only have 8 000 beds to offer to students in our different residences but we do use a waiting list to accommodate more students as space becomes available throughout the year,” the university said.
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