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UCL students win £1.5 million pledge after rent strikes

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Student campaigners at University College London have today achieved “a major win” following the end of a rent strike that lasted for five months.

The organisation UCL Cut the Rent organised the strike, which saw 200 students refuse to pay their rent, ranging between £154 and £276 per week.

The university has now offered to freeze its lowest rents for the 2017/18 academic year. Added to this, UCL Accommodation has also promised to increase their accommodation bursary for less well-off students to £600,000 for 2017/18 and the year following.

The university has now offered to freeze its lowest rents for the 2017/18 academic year. Added to this, UCL Accommodation has also promised to increase their accommodation bursary for less well-off students to £600,000 for 2017/18 and the year following.

“I went on rent strike so that in future a wider range of students can study at UCL,” said first-year classics student Jack Kershaw, an organiser of the campaign.

“The only reason the university froze rents and started to offer an accommodation bursary last year was due to the rent strike. This shows that UCL management needs to be pressured by their own students into taking action.”

This isn’t the first rent strike to happen at universities recently. In April this year, Goldsmiths students won a successful strike campaign in order to cut their hall's prices by 35%.UCL’s strike has been commended by Shelly Asquith as “historic victory”, with a spokesperson at the university stating “we welcome this resolution which is a positive outcome of

UCL’s strike has been commended by Shelly Asquith as “historic victory”, with a spokesperson at the university stating: “We welcome this resolution, which is a positive outcome of engagement with our student body and UCLU. UCL is committed to keeping rents as low as possible for its residents.

“These commitments reflect UCL’s undertaking to ensure affordable accommodation and fair access for every student.”




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