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Danish students put up in emergency portacabins

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Danish students put up in emergency portacabins
A student checking her phone at one of the city's portacabin sites. Photo: Studenterhus Aarhus
08:02 CEST+02:00
Students in Denmark are being offered portacabins as desperate student housing authorities take ever more unconventional measures to battle an acute shortage of rooms.
Studenterhus Aarhus has set up portacabins at five sites in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, as part of its Startup Housing initiative. 
 
Each is designed to house four students and are rented by the week, allowing students to quickly move elsewhere once they find more permanent housing. 
 
"You have to take it as an experience and see it as a mini-school camp," Thomas Moeslund, press officer for Studenterhus Aarhus told Denmark’s Ritzau news agency. "The idea is that it should be as flexible as possible, so if you find permanent housing you can quickly get out of it again.” 
 
The organisation has cabins with sea views in the city’s port area, cabins at a rail freight area near the centre, and cabins at a training facility run by the city’s fire department. 
 
A room in one of the cabins costs just 700 Danish kroner per week, cheaper than most students could hope to find accommodation elsewhere. 
 
Up to 12,000 students are expected to start higher education in the city this month, putting new pressure on student housing. 
 
The city guarantees that it will find all new students housing within a year. 
 
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