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Partial/Full rent refund for first term. (petition already up)
Petition already up with over 230 signatures and counting: https://www.change.org/p/university-of-york-refund-first-term-rent-fees-for-university-of-york-students.
Students are paying £196 a week to live in student accommodation. Currently, we are not receiving the university experience we deserve. Although this is no fault of their own, expecting students to still pay usual rent fees despite the circumstances doesn't make sense. Mental health levels are declining within the student community and with the recent move to all seminars being online, this is bound to get worse. The lack of social interaction with other houses is also an issue. In addition, students £170 for two weeks worth of uni provided food in isolation is an additional cost that many cannot afford. We've seen other universities, like Bristol and Manchester, allow students to miss first term's rent (or reduced the cost significantly) due to teaching and living arrangements still being up in the air. Many students have also dealt with maintenance issues (e.g. no heating, no hot water) which have taken a while to be fixed despite countless emails/phone calls to the team responsible, this has been reported about several times on twitter.
In addition, the possibility of a two week lockdown before going home means that many won't be able to go back to seasonal jobs, and many have already lost their jobs due to the strain on the hospitality sector (which predominantly has student employees).
8 students across the UK have already taken their own lives this term due to the impacts of Covid. This is simply not good enough and displays clearly the need for action. By reducing or allowing rent to be missed this term, the university will be truly showing students that they care while following the example of others.
We ask the University to listen to these requests and consider taking action.
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