Rent rise plans draw student protests

March 23, 2001

Students at Durham University are protesting against planned rent rises.

Durham plans to raise rents by 11 per cent next year and is considering a phased increase over five years of £200 a year more than inflation. A spokesman said: "We have been effectively undercharging for years."

University College London students are unhappy with a proposed 5 per cent rent rise, which could mean the average student in halls of residences would have to pay £100 more a year. UCL said it needed the increase because of refurbishment of some residences.

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