Housing is a basic human need in all societies and fundamental right of every individual. In advanced countries, housing is more accessible to all categories of people including the poor and the needy as a result of subsidies from the government. The situation is not the same in developing countries. In Nigeria, for example, accessibility to housing by the poor is quite a difficult situation which is worsened by the harsh economic conditions and poor enabling environment. In addition, accessing housing facilities by Nigerian students is no exception, especially where such university operates a non – residential policy (Yusuff, 2010), and the students will be at the mercy of shylock or unscrupulous landlords or house agents.
Housing specifically refers to residential structures where people live and grow. It is in response to man’s natural and legitimate need for a conducive and safe environment for living. Students’ housing (otherwise known as hostel) is an essential component of institutions of learning in all cultures and climates, just as it is imperative for all living organisms, including human, to have an abode that offer protection against the vagaries of weather or environmental hazards.