Creating a Smart Web Application for Sri Lankan Universities: A Case Study of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura


  • K G P K Weerakoon Department of Estate Management and Valuation, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • Nilantha Randeniya Department of Estate Management and Valuation, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka
  • Thumul Wickramarachi Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka



Access to education is a fundamental right, and the pursuit of higher education often prompts students to relocate, even across borders. In Sri Lanka, a considerable number of students from rural areas migrate to urban centers for university education, resulting in a higher education gross enrollment rate of 19.8%. However, universities in Sri Lanka face challenges in providing sufficient on-campus housing for the growing student population. Consequently, there is a surging demand for private student housing, primarily driven by students themselves. Presently, private housing providers are stepping in to meet this demand. This study endeavours to explore available options for private housing in close proximity to universities, employing SMART online application techniques. Its primary aim is to assist students in identifying suitable private accommodations, taking into account a myriad of factors. A significant proportion of students attending Sri Jayewardenepura University hail from rural areas situated more than 30 kilometers away from the campus, rendering daily commuting impractical. Moreover, approximately sixty percent of undergraduate students at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura lack access to on-campus hostel facilities, necessitating their search for private lodgings. However, several crucial factors need consideration when selecting private housing. While regulations govern university dormitories, there is presently no legislation overseeing or standardizing private housing options for students. Consequently, nearly 90% of undergraduates encounter multiple challenges when seeking suitable private accommodations within tight timeframes. Given that many students are unfamiliar with the area, institutional guidance in selecting private housing would prove invaluable.