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Students Left With Nowhere To Live Amid Nationwide Accommodation Crisis

Caitlin Hamill September 12, 2022

Students across the country are voicing their frustrations as they have been left with nowhere to live when university starts at the end of September.

Students have taken to TikTok to voice their anger. One user Liv explained that she had got into UWE Bristol, to find out there was no accommodation. She went on to claim that the university are still offering places on clearing despite having no accommodation and aren’t helping her find anywhere to live.

Liv went on to say that Manchester Metropolitan are also having the same issue and are paying students to commute to campus. Student Lily, in the comments, said ‘Manchester Met is housing me in Liverpool’, while Luci said ‘University of Manchester offered me £2,500 to give up my accom… what good is £2,500’.

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In an attempt to solve the crisis, The University Of Manchester are offering £2,500 to students who have a room in halls, but may be within commuting distance of the campus. The University is also housing students in nearby cities such as Liverpool and Preston and they will be given £100 a week for expenses.

Nationwide problem

It is not just Northern cities that are feeling the heat. Estate agents in Kingston-Upon-Thames in London have claimed that they are getting ‘thousands’ of calls over single properties. They have also been receiving offers way over asking price for student rentals.

Megan is a second-year student at Kingston University and has been searching for accommodation since March. She has reached out to the university multiple times for help but has received no support.

‘The university is reluctant to help second and third years. It’s stressing me out. I have nowhere to live in 2 weeks time, and they keep telling me to look private which is impossible because there’s nothing left’, she said.

Most universities have accommodation waiting lists of hundreds of first year and returning students. Now it is just a waiting game to see if many get a place or not.

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Caitlin is a freelance journalist who is currently studying journalism at Kingston University. She is an expert in entertainment news - especially music and film. Nominated for Most Promising Journalist in her first year, she has nothing but passion for writing.