KNUST Student Accommodation
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was founded in 1951 to provide higher education with special reference to science and technology and to act as a catalyst for the technological development of Ghana. The University, one of the largest in Africa, currently as at 2012 recorded a student population of over 31,000 from 28,949 in 2011. The University campus is located about eight kilometres from the Central Business District of Kumasi. The campus covers an area of about eighteen square kilometres.
The University operates 6 halls of residence. This number is made up of 1 female hall, 2 male halls and 3 mixed halls of residence. Out of an entire population of 28,949 recorded in 2011 the university provided accommodation for 7,256 students (32.1%) made up 70% male and 29.9% female students. Though the university only accommodates only 32.1% of individuals who require accommodation. It should be noted that 2186 distance learning students do not require residential accommodation.
This has resulted in the springing up of various hostels in communities around the main campus. The major challenge with such off- campus hostels is that students do not benefit from security and other services that are provided on campus. In the first week of 2012/13 academic year 5 armed robbery attacks and 2 theft cases affecting about 32 victims (mostly students) were recorded.
The university, recognising the need to have on-campus student housing facilities, is willing to partner with potential investors to develop on-campus student housing facilities. The university is willing to provide land and other technical support from its college of planning and architecture. A Build Operate and Transfer (BOT) arrangement is sought. The growing student population and growth in the number of fee paying national and international students present an attractive investment opportunity for the project.