Rent strikes loom at British universities

By: | January 14, 2021

National lockdowns across the U.K. have left many college students who returned home for the holidays stuck there, on the hook to pay rent for empty rooms back at school.

The added — and in many cases, expensive — frustration for British students is fueling threats of rent strikes.

What has angered them is timing. In December, the government said it would relax Covid restrictions during the Christmas holiday. Many students followed safety protocols put in place by the government and their universities and returned home. But last week, officials announced a lockdown that barred most students from returning to campus. For many, that will mean starting the new university term — which in most cases would begin after the lockdown was announced — from home, even though they are still paying for accommodation back at school.

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