Students forced to share single rooms at some universities
Students move into shared room
Some first-year students at Bristol University have had to share single rooms this term
A-levels dip as degree places rise. Rise in UK university applications. Cap on student numbers to be lifted
Students at some universities are having to share single rooms, the BBC has learned.
Thousands of extra places, offered this year, have meant some universities have been unable to house all their first-year students in halls of residence.
BBC research found the universities of Bristol, Leeds, Aberdeen and Winchester were particularly badly affected.
Bristol University said the situation was “not ideal” and it was working to resolve it as soon as possible.
First-year philosophy student Darcy Ramsden applied on time, put Bristol as her first choice and met the required grades.
When she started she was expecting her own room.
Instead, she is sharing with another first-year, sleeping in bunk beds in a room meant for one, with a single sink and desk.
“I wasn’t expecting to have another person to come home to, I was expecting to have my own space and everyone needs their own space. It’s a bit strange I’m never on my own,” Ms Ramsden told BBC News.
This year, the government raised the cap on student numbers in the UK, allowing universities to recruit.
Next year, student number controls will be removed altogether.
Student housing specialist Roger Lown of GVA property consultants, warns that in cities like Bristol, Brighton,Leeds, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Canterbury and Winchester
“it is increasingly difficult to find purpose-built accommodation and students want to live in purpose-built accommodation”.
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