US$20 for rooms at UWI
The University of West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus is offering over 3,000 rooms for rental rates as low as US$20 per night during the summer.
In the print media on Sunday, April 16, the tertiary institution advertised various halls that will accommodate short-term occupants.
President of the Realtors Association of Jamaica, Edwin Wint noted that the on-campus amenities, the ease of getting transportation in the Mona area and a very competitive price point could be a pull factor for locals and international visitors.
He noted that the market for the short term renting of rooms is vibrant right now, however the prices being offered by the tertiary campus is among the most economical.
"Comparable properties range from about US$28 to US$60 depending on location and the quality of the space," Wint said.
A customer representative of 138 Student Living, who is responsible for providing accommodations at the Gerald Lalor and Elsa Leo-Rhynie halls, said their rooms were going for US$65 per night and lower rates may be confined to the more traditional halls.
President of the UWI Mona Guild of Students Mikaela Gonzales said the idea to rent rooms during the summer would be great if it meant students would not be burdened to pay for rooms they wouldn't be occupying.
However when pressed on whether security risks may arise from renting at such low rates, she said the matter had to be discussed with the student council before she could comment.
The university's communications department could not be reached for comment.