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How purpose-built student accommodation hurts Edinburgh residents

A purpose-built student accommodation (PSBA) refers to the enticing capitalistic endeavour of building what should be university owned accommodation and then charging rents far higher for personal gain. These have…

New figures underscore dire state of student housing crisis in Edinburgh

New figures reveal the extent of the student housing crisis and the dissatisfaction felt by students at the University of Edinburgh’s response. Figures collected by Slurp, a student-led organisation which…

Survey on housing launched to students

Slurp: Students for Action on Homelessness has launched a survey to students. The survey aims to collect information regarding student housing insecurity in order to better understand the extent of…

NO VACANCY: The Student finds that none of Edinburgh’s over 7,000 rooms in private halls are free

Research by The Student has found that as of Saturday afternoon, none of the more than 7,000 rooms in Edinburgh’s private student halls buildings were available. The next date for…

Tenants in all Scottish uni-owned halls granted rent freeze, but no guarantee for private halls

Tenants’ rights minister Patrick Harvie has said in parliament that tenants in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) will receive the “same level of protection” from the recently announced rent freeze and…

Edinburgh students “living on couches”, unable to rent flats as Freshers Week looms

Many students who study in Edinburgh have been finding it impossible to find accommodation and are facing commutes from other cities, or living on other people’s sofas. The Student spoke…

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…

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.…