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Lots of people have been talking about how unfair it is that we still have to pay rent for the next 2-3 months of university, despite the fact that lectures have been cancelled (some of my flatmates have even had the rest of their assessments called off).

If students are going home (which would be wise, cause who knows what will happen to the trains with the way the situation is escalating) and having to stay there in isolation for the next few weeks/months, it does seem inconvenient that we have to pay over £1K (in my case) worth of rent for the rest of the year.

Do we think halls will allow us to end our tenancy early, or would that be impossible?
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You signed a contract, yes it seems unfair, but they'd be losing a lot of money. So I doubt, unless enforced by the government, they'd be giving money back to students.
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UCL have agreed to not charge students term 3 accommodation fees, I’m really hoping other units will do the same
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(Original post by SpacePatroFan189)
Lots of people have been talking about how unfair it is that we still have to pay rent for the next 2-3 months of university, despite the fact that lectures have been cancelled (some of my flatmates have even had the rest of their assessments called off).

If students are going home (which would be wise, cause who knows what will happen to the trains with the way the situation is escalating) and having to stay there in isolation for the next few weeks/months, it does seem inconvenient that we have to pay over £1K (in my case) worth of rent for the rest of the year.

Do we think halls will allow us to end our tenancy early, or would that be impossible?
The reason a lot of universities will give as to why students still have to pay is that they aren't officially closing their halls of residence, so technically they are still at the students/ disposal. In that sense, the university is honouring their side of the contract, and expects students to do likewise.

Personally, I think if students can prove that they have moved home for the rest of the academic year (i.e. returned their room key etc.), then they should not be made to pay for the final semester given the extreme circumstances.

I'm obviously only talking about university-owned halls here - privately owned halls are notoriously more difficult to negotiate with.
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I have the same issue here. Loads of people are telling me that I will have to pay the third installment even though I've moved all my stuff out and returned the key. I have heard from others in my halls that they won't charge us but the university has no information about this anywhere. When we got the email telling us that the university will be online only for the rest of the year, they gave a very brief statement along the lines of "we hope this gives you enough information whether to stay or study remotely, even outside the UK", which makes me think that they wouldn't charge us but like I said its very vague. I have sent an email to the accommodation team and hopefully they will clear this up.
If it turns out that I do have to pay, then I guess I'm moving back in because there is no way I'm paying £1800 for a room that neither me or any of my stuff is in. Which sucks because people in the city my uni is in are completely ignoring social distancing rules and going about their daily lives as if the virus doesn't exist.
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I have the same problem. I’ve moved back home, and unless I’m not paying 3rd instalment I’m not giving my key back. I’m sure due to these circumstances they should have to cancel the rest of the tenancy! It’s very unfair. And yes, they lose money... but many people are! And us students as well! And we should have help!There has to be a way! Do you think maybe citizens advice could help?
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(Original post by Bgomezarianna)
I have the same problem. I’ve moved back home, and unless I’m not paying 3rd instalment I’m not giving my key back. I’m sure due to these circumstances they should have to cancel the rest of the tenancy! It’s very unfair. And yes, they lose money... but many people are! And us students as well! And we should have help!There has to be a way! Do you think maybe citizens advice could help?
There are currently lots of petitions online regarding the issue. I suggested as many of us as possible sign them and get our voices heard. Several unis have already agreed not to charge for term 3, hopefully all will be made to!
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There are currently lots of petitions online regarding the issue. I suggested as many of us as possible sign them and get our voices heard. Several unis have already agreed not to charge for term 3, hopefully all will be made to!
Yes, I have signed 2 that I’ve seen! 🤞🏼 fingers crossed!
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I have signed this petitions. If anyone has any other different ones. Please send so we can sign and forward them! Thank you.

76 signatures are still needed, can you add your signature? ✍️

http://chng.it/HjXf6ccp





thank you guys!!
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https://www.change.org/p/boris-johns...-they-move-out


Another petition
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(Original post by Bgomezarianna)
I have the same problem. I’ve moved back home, and unless I’m not paying 3rd instalment I’m not giving my key back. I’m sure due to these circumstances they should have to cancel the rest of the tenancy! It’s very unfair. And yes, they lose money... but many people are! And us students as well! And we should have help!There has to be a way! Do you think maybe citizens advice could help?
I assume that any people not paying accommodation and having much lower living costs at home will not be drawing the next instalment of their maintenance loan. Seems a bit one sided to not want to pay rent but still to take that money out of the government's purse when they have lots of other additional costs to pay (eg paying peoples wages and rent...). Seems a bit like taking advantage of the situation otherwise. Don't forget, the government's money is our money. It doesn't just appear out of thin air.
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UCL have agreed to not charge students term 3 accommodation fees, I’m really hoping other units will do the same
Does the Uni owe the accomdation as well? Or is Unite accomdation?
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I assume that any people not paying accommodation and having much lower living costs at home will not be drawing the next instalment of their maintenance loan. Seems a bit one sided to not want to pay rent but still to take that money out of the government's purse when they have lots of other additional costs to pay (eg paying peoples wages and rent...). Seems a bit like taking advantage of the situation otherwise. Don't forget, the government's money is our money. It doesn't just appear out of thin air.
We paid to live on campus to have access to the university facilities (libraries, lectures, computers etc) which have all now been closed and we, therefore, have no reason to keep us there. As well as the fact that we too would like to avoid the threat of the virus and hence not be in such close quarters with others, which staying in halls would put us in.

You also haven't taken in to account that many of us are now without jobs too, which we are not being helped by the government for, and that many of us contribute rent/housekeeping back at home. So now we are paying not one but two sets of rents.

Yes, money doesn't come out of thin air, but it has been found to help others and not students.
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Does the Uni owe the accomdation as well? Or is Unite accomdation?
That's from UCL's website, so I assume its uni owned? Other unis have also now too
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We paid to live on campus to have access to the university facilities (libraries, lectures, computers etc) which have all now been closed and we, therefore, have no reason to keep us there. As well as the fact that we too would like to avoid the threat of the virus and hence not be in such close quarters with others, which staying in halls would put us in.

You also haven't taken in to account that many of us are now without jobs too, which we are not being helped by the government for, and that many of us contribute rent/housekeeping back at home. So now we are paying not one but two sets of rents.

Yes, money doesn't come out of thin air, but it has been found to help others and not students.
Still doesn't explain the simple fact - student rent is usually at least 50% of your maintenance loan - if you are not paying that (and not socialising) and probably not paying for food if you are living at home, you will not need most of your maintenance loan....
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Still doesn't explain the simple fact - student rent is usually at least 50% of your maintenance loan - if you are not paying that (and not socialising) and probably not paying for food if you are living at home, you will not need most of your maintenance loan....
This is far from simple. I think you'd find for many, the maintenance loan barely covers rent let alone the essentials we have had to buy during the course of the last 2 terms, some are already in their overdrafts because of this, and we are now at home with families also without jobs who will need help. It is also a LOAN and the financial help others are receiving at the moment is not.
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Still doesn't explain the simple fact - student rent is usually at least 50% of your maintenance loan - if you are not paying that (and not socialising) and probably not paying for food if you are living at home, you will not need most of your maintenance loan....
That's not the case for everyone as my loan does not cover the costs of rent let alone living. I need to work in summer full time to pay for my final year rent and my placements have been cancelled.
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(Original post by westie15)
That's from UCL's website, so I assume its uni owned? Other unis have also now too
I'd want certainty before contacting my uni.
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(Original post by oldman50)
I assume that any people not paying accommodation and having much lower living costs at home will not be drawing the next instalment of their maintenance loan. Seems a bit one sided to not want to pay rent but still to take that money out of the government's purse when they have lots of other additional costs to pay (eg paying peoples wages and rent...). Seems a bit like taking advantage of the situation otherwise. Don't forget, the government's money is our money. It doesn't just appear out of thin air.
Not everyone gets a maintenance loan, and if they do it often doesn't cover the entirety of the rent
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I'd want certainty before contacting my uni.
UCL has announced it on their coronavirus webpage, I suggest you look at your respective one
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