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Students face accommodation shortage

With students returning to the University of Edinburgh over the past few weeks for the start of the new semester, many will be collecting flat keys and decorating new rooms.  However, a growing number of students have been unable to secure accommodation for the upcoming semester. The shortage in student accommodation in Edinburgh is apparent […]

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Students are being failed by their accommodation providers during lockdown

Covid-19 is not only affecting people’s health across the world, but also their financial security, their mental wellbeing and in many cases their sense of safety. During these hard times there have been lovely stories of people coming together while keeping their distance to get through this. However there remain some not so nice stories […]

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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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Rent Controls are a necessary means of helping students find affordable accommodation

Perhaps one of the most daunting aspects of the Edinburgh student experience is the search for flats. It’s not surprising; the city is infamous for its competitive housing scene. This is made worse by the fact that the entirety of first-year students have no experience in it. Furthermore, landlords insist upon exceptionally high rent compared […]

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Moving into rented accommodation is more stressful than it should be

Anyone who has moved out of university accommodation and into a private rented flat will recognise the overwhelming stress felt around March time. When everyone you know has somehow managed to not only find a flat they like, but have also secured it as their very own, either by partaking in an infamous sprint to […]