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VP Community Beth Simpson on tackling the housing crisis in Edinburgh

When Beth Simpson ran to be the Students’ Association Vice President Community last year, her main interests lied in sustainability and in empowering students to create positive change. However, as she says, the issue of housing quickly came to the forefront and stayed dominant for the whole of her term, which is now coming to […]

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In Search of a Roof Over Our Heads

Couch surfing is fun for the holidays – but maybe not during term-time. Due to the recent housing crisis, hundreds of Scottish students have been forced to resort to couch surfing, commuting from home, or staying at Airbnb or hotels.  What’s behind the struggle to find a roof over our heads? Private landlords are blaming […]

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No place like home? The hidden LGBTQ+ housing struggle

Finding a place to live in Edinburgh is hard. Acquiring a safe and secure living space is akin to running a race in a housing market so competitive and brutal. The difficulty of this is, however, increased for those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. This claim might raise an eyebrow or two: surely […]

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Young people shouldn’t be scapegoated for a second covid spike

Last week the government found yet another scapegoat for their ineptitude, although this one is all the more predictable: students and young people. Matt Hancock, the health secretary, drew the ire of the younger Radio 1 Newsbeat audience by condescendingly reminding us “Don’t kill your Gran”. He continued by naming France and Spain as examples […]

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Deidre Brock: Interview with the MP for Edinburgh North and Leith

Deidre Brock, a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the MSP for Edinburgh North and Leith, has held the seat since the 2015 general election. She spoke to The Student about her re-election in December 2019 and her plans for the future. When asked about the SNP majority in Scotland and whether or […]

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City of Edinburgh Council challenged to tackle growing overtourism

Edinburgh has been named by a CNN Travel report as one of the world’s ‘overtourism hotspots’ alongside Rome, Venice, Amsterdam and Barcelona. The effects of overtourism in the city, such as gentrification, disruption of public spaces and reduced availability of housing, is a topical issue for Edinburgh residents. Overtourism means that Edinburgh is a hotspot […]

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‘Housing will be the basis for all change in our country’: an interview with Living Rent

When a migrant single mother living with two young children was left with exposed raw sewage in her flat after a workman failed to finish a maintenance job, her letting agency told her to ‘use a bucket of water to pour down the toilet to flush it.’ Faced with a letting agency who claimed to […]

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Developers must build more housing for the local community

The local Edinburgh children’s hospital is going to be turned into student housing. A fantastic controversial headline, but not really the whole truth. The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, affectionately referred to as ‘Sick Kids,’ was actually sold by NHS Lothian in 2017, pre-empting the hospital’s move to a new site in Little France last […]