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Rent for three on-campus accommodation to be cut for 2018/19

Rent for three of the University's on-campus accommodation will be reduced from September 2018.

Lewes Court Phase 1 will see its rent cut by almost 10%, with the cost of living in Park Houses and Park Village also being reduced by almost 5% and 8.5% respectively.

This will mean that 29% of accommodation at the University of Sussex will be under £120 per week (all inclusive) in 2018/2019.

Frida Gustafsson, President of the Students’ Union, said: “This is the fantastic result of work by the last President, Annie Pickering, who argued for it at University committees, and the student-led Cut The Rent campaign, who were instrumental in making sure accomodation remains affordable at Sussex after East Slope is replaced”.

The move was approved by University Council, made up of the University’s Trustees, last week and aims to compensate for the loss of East Slope, the University’s most affordable accommodation, which is set to be demolished next summer.

Students had expressed concern that the new development, due to house more than 2,000 students, may not be affordable for students from less-privileged backgrounds.

Frida added: “This shows just how much change can be achieved when students organise; it is a great victory for our student body!

“However, this does not mean the fight for affordable rent is over. Rent still remains incredibly high in Brighton and we need to make sure that this is seen as the first step towards affordable housing for both students and residents”.

The first phase of the new accommodation replacing East Slope is due to open next year and is set to be completed, along with a new Union building, by 2020.

Head of University Housing Services Dean Spears said: “We’re really pleased to be able to offer our students a range of accommodation options, while ensuring that we retain a good proportion of lower cost rooms.

“It’s been really good to work through this with the Students’ Union elected officers and we will continue to discuss our housing plans with the Students’ Union”.

A list of weekly rents for 2018/19 can be found on the University’s website.

 

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