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The platformization of student housing and the rise of mid‐term rentals. The case of Uniplaces in Lisbon
Agustín Cocola‐Gant (Cocola‐Gant, A.); Daniel Malet Calvo (Malet Calvo, D.);
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Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
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Estados Unidos da América
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The most common approach to student housing has been articulated by studentification literature. Furthermore, authors have highlighted how student demand attracts institutional investors to develop Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA). In this paper, we complement these approaches with a conceptualization of how digital platforms have restructured the supply of student rooms in houses of multiple occupation. Relying on business and software understandings of platforms, we first explore the case of Uniplaces in Lisbon, a platform that has imitated the Airbnb model and today is present in more than 130 cities in various countries. Second, we depict Uniplaces within a landscape of mid-term rental platforms that cater for different profiles of mobile populations, who stay in destinations for a short- or mid-term period of time. We conclude with a discussion about the potential of this market to further advance processes of transnational gentrification and weaken the position of tenants.
Platform economy,Student housing,Rental markets,Gentrification,Studentification,Lisbon
  • Economia e Gestão - Ciências Sociais
  • Geografia Económica e Social - Ciências Sociais
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