Hanoi’s dilapidated old university dormitories are in dire need of renovation

A cracked wall in a dormitory at Hà Nội Transport University in Hà Nội. — Photo tienphong.vn

TTXT, a freshman at Hà Nội Home Affairs University, said she decided to stay in the school dormitory when she accepted an offer to study there this year.

“However, life in the dorm is not what I imagined,” she said.

The dorms are cramped. Eight students share a room and only have access to one toilet, she says.

The hallway is narrow, though it’s often blocked by clothes hanging out to dry.

“We don’t have any other space to dry our clothes,” she said.

She added that it costs about 250,000 VNĐ ($10) to stay in the dorm every month, excluding 40,000 VNĐ ($1.60) for electricity and water bills.

She hopes the dormitory will be upgraded so that the students living there can live more easily.

NTM, a student at Hà Nội University of Culture, said she had been living in the school dormitory for almost four years.

The room she shared with nine other students was just 14m², she said.

“Even though the furniture is tidy, there’s still not enough living space,” she said.

Also, the walls have many cracks and the ceiling is moldy.

Although living in the dormitory is uncomfortable, NTM and her friends cannot go anywhere else because, according to her, the cost of living in Hà Nội is prohibitive.

“If you rent a room outside the dorm, the cost of living each month will be up to 10 times higher,” she said.

NTM said there are also college dorms in the suburbs, but they are too far away.

She hopes the dormitory will be upgraded so that the students can live in a more comfortable environment.

NTH is a student at the Transport University of Hà Nội. Her dorms were built in the 1970s. NTH said her room is around 30 square meters, which she shares with six other students.

H said all his clothes, belongings and books were on a 2.6m² bed.

She said it cost around 120,000 VNĐ ($4.80) to stay in the dorm each month.

Insufficient funds

Nguyễn Thanh Chương, deputy director of Hà Nội University of Transportation, spoke to online newspaper Tiền Phong (Vanguard) about the school’s dormitory, which houses 1,700 students. There are five buildings in the dormitory area, two of which have been repaired.

The Department of Education and Training funded the repairs.

Chương said the school has no funding to rebuild its dormitories and cannot appeal for support from the private sector as the school is not under the mechanism of financial autonomy.

The current fee of 120,000 VNĐ ($4.80) per month for each student is a reasonable price to make housing accessible to all, he said.

He added that the fees were not enough to cover the running costs of the dorms.

The Ministry of Education and Training is developing standards for higher education institutions, including that dormitories and facilities must comply with regulations and accommodate at least 25% of the total number of students. students.

In 2015, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 130 on measures and a roadmap for the relocation of industrial production establishments, hospitals, higher education institutions, vocational education and government agencies. state in downtown Hà Nội.

However, progress in implementing the resolution has been slow so far.

Architect Phạm Thanh Tùng, head of the office of the Association of Architects of Việt Nam, said that when factories and universities are moved to the suburbs, it is necessary to support these units to operate stably. .

He said higher education institutions should provide accommodation for students and ensure that the area is convenient for traffic, safe and attractive.

He said it is advisable to speed up the road link so that students can go by bus from the school gate. —VNS

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