London student rent strike campaign forces £500,000 in concessions from university

UCL Cut the Rent

All demands by the UCL Cut the Rent campaign have been met by the Central London university after a sustained campaign focussed on "tactics of disruptive protest, direct action and rent striking". The campaign will now escalate to demand rent cuts cross the campus.

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After a protracted, hard-fought campaign, all 238 former residences of Hawkridge House have had their demands accepted in full by UCL. The settlement will award each student, many of whom participated in a rent strike, £1,200 each - the equivalent of a 9-week rent cut and a total sum of almost £300,000.

This follows last month’s announcement that student rent strikers at Campbell House would be awarded over £100,000 for the 'unbearable' living conditions they experienced, as well as last week's victory for the current residents at the hall of a 25% rent cut, totalling another £100,000 over the course of the year.

This marks a new beginning for the student housing movement - these tactics of disruptive protest, direct action and rent striking have been proven to be incredibly effective. Utilised on a university-wide scale, it is clear the campaign for affordable rent prices can and will be won.

On Friday at 13:00, we will be holding a rally in the Quad to demand an immediate 40% rent cut and the establishment of affordable rent prices for all those living in UCL student accommodation. Before then, make sure to sign our petition to UCL management https://www.change.org/p/university-college-london-the-rent-is-too-damn-high

Full press release and more on UCL, Cut the Rent Facebook.

Comments

Jacques Roux
Dec 2 2015 17:12

This article is also useful for context:

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A rent strike at UCL has ended with a total student victory. The university is paying £100k in compensation to the strikers, who had to spend a year paying extortionate rent for “unacceptable living conditions”. This amounts to compensation of between £1,368 (double room) and £950 (single room) per person.

Housing is becoming an increasingly focal for the student movement. Here’s why the monumental UCL victory is big news for students everywhere:

http://wire.novaramedia.com/2015/10/4-reasons-the-ucl-rent-strike-victory-is-important-for-all-students/

Khawaga
Dec 2 2015 17:32

Great news!