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Travel patterns and challenges experienced by University of Johannesburg off-campus students

Tatenda C. Mbara, Cynthia Celliers
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 7, No 1 | a114 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v7i1.114 | © 2013 Tatenda C. Mbara, Cynthia Celliers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 05 August 2013 | Published: 28 November 2013

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Tatenda C. Mbara, Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Cynthia Celliers, Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


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Abstract

When universities across the world emerged, the majority of students were provided with oncampus accommodation. However, with the increase in the number of universities, students seeking to enter universities and the decline in university funding, the result was an increase in the number of students residing off-campus. This lead to more limited social-contact opportunities with other students, which are vital for the enhancement of their learning and development. It also resulted in off-campus students spending a considerable amount of time travelling to and from university. This study aimed to investigate the travel patterns, characteristics and challenges faced by University of Johannesburg off-campus students by ascertaining inter alia: the means of transport used; travel time; the views of students in regard to the challenges they face; and possible improvements thereto. A quantitative approach was predominantly used to collect data from students by means of a questionnaire and this was supplemented with focus group discussions on two campuses. The study results revealed that off-campus students experience considerable challenges accessing campuses.

Keywords

Off-campus students; Travel mode; Travel Time; Travel challenges

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