Asian students lived three to a bed

Guy Healy & Kim Wilkinson; 17/9/09

A Korean education agent has been implicated in the running of a two-storey Brisbane suburban home that was housing up to 37 foreign students. A raid by Brisbane City Council inspectors uncovered the operation under which a near record number of students were being used to service a $6000-a-month lease to cover the education agents’ upstairs home-office. It is believed that when council raided the quiet suburban property in leafy Sunnybank Hills, in Brisbane’s south, they discovered 27 students in the remodelled building, including three Asian girls asleep in a double bed, with beds for a further 10 people. The latest revelation of extreme overcrowding in overseas student accommodation comes in the wake of similar incidences in Sydney and Melbourne, where one house had 38 students setting a dubious national record.