With the opening of universities, a big increase in rental houses in Eskişehir
After the decision of the Higher Education Institution for face-to-face education, the
increasing rent prices in Eskişehir came to the fore.In the city where Anadolu,
Osmangazi and Eskişehir Technical University are located, 62,562 students receive
formal education.(https://www.eskisehir.bel.tr/sayfalar.php?sayfalar_id=14) In
Eskişehir, which is one of the cities where the student population is dense compared
to the population, there has been an increase in rent prices by up to 40 percent after
the decision of YÖK for face-to-face education.
In Eskişehir, there was a 40 percent increase in rents, even up to 60 percent in some
districts, before the preferences were announced.
“We can't rent a house because of opportunistic landlords”
Anadolu University Communication Design and Management Science senior student
Mehmet Can Nazlıcan returned to his family's home in Kütahya during the pandemic
process. After two years, he wanted to rent a house in Eskişehir, and he was very
angry that the rent prices had increased so much.
“As a result of the prices raised by the opportunistic home owners, we have to live at
least two people in a 30 square meter house.”
Stating that the prices of private dormitories, apartments and rents have increased
exorbitantly in the city, Can continues his words as follows:
”Houses close to the university are between 30-50 square meters and are 1+1. But
most of these homes don't even have room for a refrigerator. You have to put it in
the hall. A single bed can only fit in one room of the house they say consists of two
rooms. They give us prices for these houses where 2-3 people can live. While the
rents of these houses are 500 liras, they are currently around 1000-1200. We can't
rent a house because of opportunistic landlords.''
“My excitement about starting university gave way to the trouble of finding a
Büşra S., who won the Mining Engineering Department of Osmangazi University last
year, continued her education remotely due to the pandemic. She says that the
excitement of living in a different city and being physically present at the university
for the first time has given way to anxiety due to uncertainty.
“Community dormitories and KYK dormitories are far from here, and not everyone
gets the chance to live here. Apartment owners say that they include many bills such
as Wi-Fi and heating in the rent, and they try to justify the situation with this.
However, they also say that 4-5 people will stay in small houses. Will I be able to find
a home to replace my excitement about starting university? How am I going to pay?”
The landlords think that the students already live in the house with 2-3 people,
and they will split the rent.
İlhan Karataş, who works as a real estate agent in Uluönder, one of the
neighborhoods where students live in Eskişehir, also complains about the increasing
prices. Arguing that the houses were empty last year and that the landlords turned
this into an opportunity, İlhan Karataş continues his words as follows:
“With the opening of schools this year, demand has skyrocketed, and homeowners
want to quickly cover last year's loss. For this reason, the rental prices, which were
600-700 liras before the pandemic, went up to 1500. The landlords think that the
students already live in the house with 2-3 people and they will split the rent.”