However, we are disappointed that the University has only committed to refunding rent from 11 January until 19 February when the vast majority of students have been unable to live in their accommodation since 9 December, if not longer. We do not feel that the rebate announced earlier this week fully compensates students for last term’s disruption, despite us asking them to consider this.
It’s completely understandable that students will feel shortchanged by this announcement and have legitimate concerns for the term ahead. With further disruptions to learning ahead, and the majority of students simply not allowed to return to halls until mid-February at the earliest, it is unreasonable to expect students to pay thousands of pounds towards halls that they might well never return to.
We are also well aware that this rebate only applies to students living in University-owned accommodation, and we continue to lobby local private housing providers to take similar measures.