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LGBT+ Lifestyle

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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Film TV

“A plague that was allowed to happen”: Confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic through TV and cinema

Almost thirty years ago, on the 3rd of July, 1981 Lawrence K. Altman published an article in The New York Times that would come to be known as the “gay cancer” story. This was one of the first mentions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in mainstream society, and it would undoubtedly become paramount in perpetuating harmful […]

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News

Many students forced to pay rent despite stay at home order

Boris Johnson’s announcement of another UK-wide lockdown has created uncertainty amongst those currently renting student accommodation. National guidelines currently state that students should study from home ‘where possible,’ in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, a 2020 survey undertaken by UCAS and Knight Frank revealed that approximately 70% of all first-year students choose […]

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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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Cut the Rent campaign: the fight for accommodation regulation

University is often hailed as some of the best years of a person’s life. However, one element that is disconcerting to many prospective students is the financial burden. Despite the fact that student loans are available to many undergraduates, the reality is that they do not cover the increasing prices of rent in university cities. […]

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Fringe Theatre

‘Sacrifices visual impact’: Edinburgh University Footlights RENT review

RENT is a demanding musical in terms of vocal ability and subject matter, and the Edinburgh University Footlights rise to the challenge with consistently strong vocals that encapsulate the humour and tragedy of the story. The Footlights front-focus their musical prowess by positioning their live band onstage, immersing the audience in the musical world of […]

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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 rates in Edinburgh: have we reached a crisis point?

Think of your average university student: you can call her Lily. Think of what her day-to-day life might look like: she will attend classes, meet up with friends, procrastinate on impending essays, and, at the end of the day, return to her flat or university halls. Now think of her attending a university like UCL. […]