PSHA membership is available to purpose-built student accommodation providers.

Benefits of PSHA membership include:

  • Maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders and raising matters of importance for collective industry discussion and resolution.
  • Working towards a standard accommodation grading system agreed to by all stakeholders, which is aligned to:
    • A realistic Norms and Standards Policy for private student accommodation
    • A streamlined NSFAS and intermediary payment approach
    • A standard, transparent accreditation process for each tertiary institution; and ultimately standardised across institutions.
  • Lobbying for Progressive tax and related instruments that improve student affordability. This includes VAT, the Urban Development Zone tax incentives and municipal charges.
  • Access to exclusive industry research, good practice and data applicable to your organisation.
  • Training and development offerings through an exclusive partnership with the South African Chapter of the Association of Colleges and University Housing Officers (ACUHO-I-SAC).
  • Access to the PSHA website with an exclusive Members Only section ensures that members are kept up-to-date with access to communication elements and sources.
  • Improving the accountability of PSHA members to uphold standards and sustain the image and perception of the industry.

Fees quoted exclusive of VAT. Members are responsible for membership fees on an annual basis to cover the operating budget of the PSHA. The Stakeholder Membership Category is to be approved at the 2020 PSHA General Meeting.

Our purpose-built accommodation complies with the Ministerial Policy on the Minimum Norms and Standards for Student Housing at Public Universities – as determined by the DHET.

The industry faces many challenges, especially with regards to the affordability and standards of accommodation. We strive to be the collective voice for meaningful change in an industry with complex stakeholder relations, including students, tertiary institutions, the Department of Higher Education, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), municipalities, etc.

Our objective is to promote a formalised and vibrant student accommodation sector that offers a sustainable balance between affordable, convenient, safe, well-located and good quality accommodation for students on the one hand; and healthy private sector investment opportunities on the other.