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‘Living off the campus’: urban geographies of change and studentification in Beijing, China

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Studies of the connections between urban geographies and studentification have an international signature across continents. Yet, the transformative effects of student populations in China are under-stated within theorizations of urban change, despite unprecedented demands for student housing. In this paper, we explore neighborhood change in Haidianlu within Beijing. With an original focus on off- and on-campus student accommodation, we show that studentification processes are fueled by predilections to live off–campus and the production of student-oriented housing. The significance of our discussion is to assert that less-regulated student lifestyles are reinforcing urban geographies of socio-spatial segregation and are illustrative of the effects of the privatization of housing and land markets in China. The concept of studentification is pivotal to theorize how cross-cutting relations between the expansion of higher education and marketization of housing markets are reshaping Chinese cities to become more exclusionary, and comparative to other geographies of global studentification.
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Keywords: Students; student housing; studentification; urban transformation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Public Administration, Hunan University, Changsha, China 2: School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Publication date: February 7, 2020

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