There is talk ANU will guarantee accommodation for commencing postgraduates from 2021 however whether this will be all on-campus or include assistance for students who rent in the private market is not clear. The commitment dates from Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt’s 2016 ten-year plan (CMM August 2 2016).
Certainly ANU is investing in accommodation – including benefactors Graham and Louise Tuckwell funding two halls of residence to accommodate 800 students. The first, with 428 beds opens first semester ’19. (CMM July 6 2018). But more rooms of students’ own will be needed. ANU enrols a bunch of PGs, some 4800 started in 2016.
ANU is not alone in working to get students housing. The University of Tasmania has just bought a hotel to convert into accommodation for students out in the cold due to booming demand in Hobart ( CMM May 23).