Loneliness within the home among international students in the private rental sector in Sydney and Melbourne

Alan Morris, Emma Mitchell, Shaun Wilson, Gaby Ramia, Catherine Hastings

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Abstract

We draw on 45 in-depth interviews and a large-scale survey we conducted, to examine loneliness among international students in Sydney and Melbourne within their accommodation. We discuss three features which increase the possibility of loneliness – the physical layout and use of the space; the social composition of fellow tenants, and power differentials between tenants. The interviews indicated that the lack of a congenial common area, having to share with students dissimilar with respect to nationality and language, and being in a situation where a tenant holds disproportionate power, are likely to hinder the development of social connections with fellow tenants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-81
Number of pages15
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Volume40
Issue number1
Early online date1 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Australia
  • International students
  • loneliness
  • private rental sector

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