Many university students are struggling to afford accommodation rent as lockdown continues.
Those who rely on working alongside their degree to afford accommodation and living costs have found it difficult make payments.
As many non-essential businesses remain closed following government lockdown advice, university students have lost jobs and their source of income.
Matilda Stewart-Pearson is a nursing student at a university in London. She said she relied on working in a local corner store to pay her rent but has struggled to find the cash since she was made redundant in November following the second lockdown measures.
It’s been tough”
She said: “I’ve had to use my savings because my student loan doesn’t cover the costs.
“It’s been tough.”
Some accommodation companies have offered discounts and price reductions on rent payments to reassure those who are worrying about money issues.
Richard Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of student accommodation group Unite Students.
He said: “We recognise that this is a particularly challenging time for all students, which is why their health, safety and security has been our priority since the start of the pandemic.”
He added that the company believes that helping students with financial concerns is “the right thing to do.”
Universities across the country remain open during the UK’s third lockdown and many students have no option but to stay in rented accommodation.
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