Students in London are refusing to pay rent in protest against “soaring” accomodation prices, and are demanding a 40% cut in rental.
More than 150 students in two halls of residence at University College London (UCL), are withholding rent amounting to over £250,000. The UCL Cut the Rent campaign says they will not pay until the university meets their demand for their rent to be cut by two-fifths.
Angus O’Brien, an accommodation representative and an organiser of the campaign, says: “The cost of rent has gone up dramatically and it’s preventing people from studying at university. This is a massive problem across London and the country. We are showing that something can be done about rising rent prices; our action could be the start of something much wider.”