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The 2019-2020 academic year has brought several accommodation issues for freshers and returning students alike. The University and external accommodation providers have faced issues such as a high intake of new students and delays in building time. Many have been left without their first-choice room or disappointed in the service provided by their landlords.
SCAN was informed that several incoming students have not been allocated a room on campus and instead will be moving into accommodation provided by the University of Cumbria.
A University of Cumbria spokesperson said: “We work collaboratively with Lancaster University and others across the city to provide a range of approved accommodation for all those students who choose to apply for it.”
SCAN contacted Lancaster University for a statement. A representative said that the University of Cumbria accommodation is another ‘option’ available to Clearing students. A representative went on to say, ‘We have given all first-year Clearing students access to our LUHomes website so that they can choose their off-campus accommodation. Uni of Cumbria owned accommodation is just one of the options.’
They went on to say, ‘Our on-campus offer of accommodation begins with firm offer holders during the main application cycle. This year the offer during clearing was for ‘University-owned, managed or approved’ accommodation. Details of all the university-owned, managed or approved accommodation options are all available via the website https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/accommodation/city-accommodation/.’
Other students have voiced their disapproval on the popular Facebook group ‘Overheard at Lancaster’ regarding Student Housing Lancaster. Some students have suggested that they have had problems with the accommodation centre, noting that they have had trouble reclaiming their deposits.
One user stated that they had to threaten legal action for the centre to send their deposits, while another said, ‘The company and landlords take as much money as they can from unsuspecting students and never put any of it back into the houses. Hugely disappointed by the service.’
Student Housing Lancaster were approached for statement at the time of publication.
There has also been a disappointment for students moving into the new City Block flats on Marton Street in the city
A representative for City Block stated, ‘We’ve offered alternative city
The Student’s Union were approached for a statement.
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