Dormitories are at least as important as schools for the education system. According to the formal education statistics published by the Ministry of National Education, the number of dormitories affiliated with YÖK and KYK has increased by 186.29 percent and private student dormitories have increased by 28.8 percent in the last 10 years. In the previous period, in the 2019-2020 academic year, 5,387 student dormitories housed close to 1 million students. Student dormitories, which had to serve well below their capacity for more than 1 year due to the coronavirus epidemic, took action to heal their wounds, believing that the full closure until May 17 will have positive reflections. An important move in this context came from Eyurtlar.com, an online dormitory reservation platform that digitalizes the reservation processes in student dormitories. The platform aims to integrate student dormitories into the age, prevent personal pricing and create a more transparent reservation system.
THE FIRST VENTURE TO DIGITAL DORMITORY RESERVATIONS IN TURKEY
Making a statement on the subject, Eyurtlar.com CEO Samet Ulusoy underlined that they are the first initiative to transfer dormitory reservations to digital in Turkey and said, “Every year, millions of students were doing dormitory research and trying to get information by visiting each dormitory one by one. This situation is unnecessary. Thinking that there was a need in this area, we established Eyurtlar.com. Students now examine the dormitories in detail on our website and can easily book the rooms that the dormitories have added. We see that he is looking for dormitories in Konya, Balıkesir, Antalya and Bursa. Currently, most dormitories are registered in Istanbul on our platform. Our next goal is to include dormitories and rooms in other cities in the system and make them ready for reservations.
“DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WILL BE THE DETERMINATIVE IN THE RECOVERY PROCESS OF DORMITIES”
Eyurtlar.com CEO Ulusoy touched upon the necessity of a fairer reservation process for both students and dormitories in the new period that will start after the upcoming summer vacation:
“Dormitories, which have been trying to continue their activities with 5 percent occupancy for the last 3 terms, are waiting for the new academic year after the approaching summer holiday. With the acceleration of vaccination in our country and the final closure, we hope that we will encounter a much better picture for student dormitories in the new period. In this process, it is obvious that keeping up with digital transformation as well as measures such as cleaning and sterilization will be decisive in the recovery process of the dormitories that are injured in the pandemic, because personal pricing does not allow a fair reservation process and also forces students and their families.