Problems of poor facilities in students’ hostels

According to Adenuga, Olufowobi and Raheem (2010) students hostel accommodation are saddled with problems of poor facilities in some major area which include but not limited to, poor or inexistence of cooling system, poor erosion control facilities, leaky septic tanks, water mains, roofs and gutters, doors and partitions, windows, electricity, plumbing, interior roofs and canopies, ceiling, corridors and rooms, washrooms and toilets. In their study, they discovered that most of the hostels have defects in waterproofing; doors, windows and joinery; piping/plumbing and ductwork; tiles; sanitary wares; fittings and jointing; claddings and curtain walls; ceiling components; services, plastering; biological and chemical attacks; masonry; paints; structural concrete; floor components and ; structural steel.

Ojogwu and Alutu (2009) in a study of the most common problems of students’ hostels in University  of Benin discovered  poor state and inadequacy of the features such as obsolescence, lack of internet services, ageing, poor cafeteria, poor air conditioning, poor ventilation, congestions, damages, broken tiles, bad fittings and exorbitant cost among others.

Some of the Identified problems include:

S/N Facilities Identified Problems
1 Bathrooms Poor drainage system, insufficient water supply, unhygienic, slippery floors, not sufficient, fitting not working, over flow of water, lack of water, few taps, showers not working, dirty on weekends, broken tiles, no doors, showers not controllable, use of sub-standard fittings, not sufficient,
2 Reading room Stuffy, serious noise from the surrounding, no cross ventilation
3 Common  room Congestion, no air conditioning system
4 Cafeteria Stuffy, no competition thus poor food quality
5 Parking lots Students prohibited from use, not duly marked out, bad pavement to the parking lots
6 Cooking facilities Poor maintenance, not conducive
7 Internet facilities Slow server, not functional
8 Fire safety Out dated, needs replacement, no training on how to use it, few are available
9 Ventilation facilities/ Fan Inadequate, series of electrical faults
10 Lighting facilities Inadequate, damaged ones are left unattended to, not bright enough
11 Sporting facilities Inadequate, needs repair
12 Hostel furniture Insufficient, not in good shape, poor maintenance of bunks, ageing
13 Refuse disposal system Late disposals of refuse
14 Mini Market (shopping complex) Expensive sales, poor maintenance, problem due to monopoly, far away from hostels, sales at exorbitant price.
  Others Walkways always muddy in rainy season especially honours road, poor response to complaints, noise from outside hostel is seriously disturbing, porters don’t pump water

(Source: Ojogwu & Alutu, 2009).


Adenuga, O. A., Olufowobi, M.B. & Raheem, A. A. (2010). Effective Maintenance Policy as a tool for Sustaining Housing Stock in Downtown Economy. Journal of Building Performance, 1 (1), 93-109.

Ojogwu, C. N. & Alutu, A. N. G. (2009). Analysis of the Learning Environment of University Students on Nigeria: A Case Study of University of Benin. Journal of Social Sciences, 19(1), 69-73.

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