Hostel was among best here

Hostel was among best here

 

EVEN the international students studying at tertiary institutes here are unhappy with their accommodation at Katong Hostel.

 

02 June 2008

 

EVEN the international students studying at tertiary institutes here are unhappy with their accommodation at Katong Hostel.

 

The hostel was a finalist for the category of Best Host for International Students Studying in Singapore, at the Singapore Education Awards 2008 held in March, the Singapore Tourism Board told The New Paper on Sunday.

 

The students, who share rooms with one to three others in the Tanjong Katong Road hostel, all asked that their full names not be revealed.

 

One hostelite said her triple-sharing room is cockroach-infested. She pays about $300 a month to stay there.

 

The 28-year-old student, who wanted to be known only as Cynthia, said: ‘In the five months I have been here, there are always cockroaches in the toilets, and rats running outside our rooms at night.’

 

Another student, 29, who asked that her name not be revealed, said that she has been paying $390 a month to put up at a dorm at Pearl’s Hill in Chinatown, also managed by Katong Hostel, since April.

 

She claimed she has found rats and cockroaches in the compound there, and has been bitten by bedbugs. She showed us photos of the bites on her.

 

She said she had complained to the management and the mattress was changed.

 

Miss Joyce Sim from Katong Hostel said that she had not heard of any complaints of rats or cockroaches at either hostels.

 

‘We have professional cleaners to clean the outside areas. Students have the responsibility to keep their rooms clean.’

 

Miss Sim also claimed that the pest control workers go to the hostels every 10 days.

 

On the problem of bedbugs, she said this was due to the students’ personal hygiene.

 

 

Source: The New Paper

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