The Council of Ministers approved today a diploma to accelerate the process of construction and rehabilitation of homes for students of higher education, providing in a first phase to provide 12 thousand beds.
About 12,000 new beds will be built from the 2019/2020 school year. Half of this offer will be available in Lisbon and Porto, the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education Manuel Heitor announced today. meeting of the Council of Ministers.
The measure comes to “increase by approximately 80% the current offer of accommodation for students at affordable and regulated prices,” said Manuel Heitor, explaining that the plan provides for the requalification of existing buildings, but also the construction of new homes.
In total, some 200 buildings throughout the territory will be “rebuilt and built“, of which some are state assets, such as the building that for decades housed the Ministry of Education, on Avenida 5 de Outubro in Lisbon, Manuel Heitor announced.
There will also be buildings belonging to municipalities and higher education institutions that will be adapted to residences for students living far from home.
Manuel Hector explained that the intervention plan will be phased and should be completed in ten years when it should be available “about 30 thousand beds.”
“The process will be dynamic and open to being consecutively improved and expanded,” he said.
The shortage of accommodation has been one of the main problems pointed out by students and has already been discussed in parliament, where the executive recently promised that he would soon make more beds available.