Student charged Â£4,600 for halls she never lived in
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A student has landed herself with a massive bill for her halls accommodation – even though she’s never spent any time living there. Charlotte Dean, 19, is currently in first year at Sheffield but has a £4,600 bill outstanding to the University of Huddersfield after a clause in her contract meant she couldn’t pull out after receiving her better than expected A-Level grades. According to the Huddersfield Examiner Charlotte tried to cancel her accommodation, booked through Digs Student, after realising she’d made the grades for the University of Sheffield – but a clause in her contract meant that her cancellation wasn’t accepted. According to the paper, Digs Student requires students who want to cancel to do so 90 days in advance. Obviously, this is well before most students get their A-Level results confirming the university that they’ll go to. Charlotte claims that Digs Student gave her the impression that rooms were filling up fast in the summer, but that when she tried to cancel she was told that she’d have to pay as agreed until someone was found to fill her room – which so far doesn’t seem to have happened. Charlotte’s unused room is at Storthes Hall (pictured), the largest student accommodation in Huddersfield, which is home to over 1,300 University of Huddersfield students. She told the Examiner that she thinks other students might be in the same position as her – and that she “couldn’t believe that a company for students would act like that.” She also says that Digs Student have threatened her with court action over the unpaid bill. Unfortunately, because she signed the contract without reading the small print, it looks like she might have to cough up. We don’t know whether she’s been in touch with Digs Student to try and sort her issue out – although a spokesperson for the company has advised that she speak to them to discuss her options, and that on signing the contract “she legally bound herself and unfortunately cancelled her place when she was not within the 90 day cancellation period.”
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