Kenya has more than 40 universities scattered across the city and town across the country. This has been triggered by an increase in appetite for higher education. While in itself it is something good, it has also compounded the housing problem that the country is facing.
According to the most recent statistics by Jumia Research, there are more than 760,000 student population against the existing 280,000-bed spaces in universities and colleges in the country. This has led to the development of private hostels to cater for the ever growing demand for accommodation.
More multinationals are tapping on this virgin segment to create more bed spaces and bridge the gap between the existing demand and supply. These developments have created a class variety based on the taste of students. And one startup that is tapping on these developments is Roometo.
Roometo is an online marketplace that helps university and college students find alternative accommodation. Through the platform, students are able to search, find and book private safe hostels for student accommodation.
“The problem of accommodation cuts across every university and college in not only Kenya but Africa at large. The total bed spaces available are not able to accommodate all students within a campus. The alternative is using agents who are not only expensive but also untrustworthy. We address this, by bridging the gap between students and their next stay.” Says Henry Onyango, co-founder and CEO.
The platform which was launched in March 2018 by Kelvin Micha, Michael Shago and Henry Onyango provides students within Nairobi find hostel accommodation by curating available facilities based on the user’s choice.
“Whether you are looking for a place to stay during your internship or you have not been allocated a school hostel, we are there for you. More than that, we provide you with numerous options to choose from.”
This proptech startup which has been testing their product for the past one year has to date generated more than 10,000 searches and more than 20,000 in page views with more than 300 students signed up with 100+ rooms listed mostly in Nairobi.
Interested students can visit their Roometo platform to search their preferred hostel, there’s a stream of accommodation one could easily choose from based on gender, room type or even number of people per room.
In their bid to provide students will the right accommodation with lesser hassle around Africa, the startup is currently in fundraising mode.
“We want to become the largest online marketplace for student accommodation in Africa while creating maximum value for the customer and so we are currently in talks over funding and we will release the information once ready.” Says Henry Onyango.
In 2018, Henry Onyango through Roometo won the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards – Kenyan chapter and will be pitching at the global competition in China for a chance to win US$25,000.
You can visit their platform to check your next student accommodation.
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