University of York offers students accommodation 40 miles from campus

University of York offers students accommodation 40 miles away from campus due to housing shortage caused by courses being over-subscribed

  • Students have been offered accommodation in Hull for a 10 per cent discount  
  • Student Monty said: ‘Living an hour away during Freshers’ Week is not ideal’
  • Those who put York as their firm choice are guaranteed accommodation but those who got a place in clearing are now facing a massive scramble for housing 

The University of York is offering its students accommodation 40 miles away from campus due to a housing shortage caused by over-subscribed courses.   

In an email sent to a number of students, the university said: ‘Unfortunately there are no available rooms across the city of York, either on or off campus to offer you.’

Students who have been offered Hull accommodation are being given a 10 per cent reduction in rent.

The email read: ‘We have been able to negotiate additional student accommodation in Hull, located within or adjacent to the University of Hull campus, and we are now in a position to offer you a room within this accommodation.

In an email sent to a number of students, the university said: ‘Unfortunately there are no available rooms across the city of York, either on or off campus to offer you’

‘We recognise that this isn’t what you were anticipating in terms of where you’d be living when you join the University of York.

‘Therefore the rooms we have secured will be offered to you at a 10% reduced rate.’

Monty, a fresher who has been offered accommodation in Hull, told The York Tab: ‘I applied to York through clearing and was fortunate enough to receive an offer for Educational Psychology.

‘Weeks passed without hearing anything from the accommodation team, which was rather unsettling.

‘Then on Friday, I received an email that said how York was unable to find any student accommodation in the city itself, neither private nor halls.

Monty, a fresher who has been offered accommodation in Hull, told The York Tab: ‘I applied to York through clearing and was fortunate enough to receive an offer for Educational Psychology’

‘Their best suggestion as a result of this was to live in student accommodation in Hull, an hour away from York and therefore having to get a shuttle bus to and from uni.

‘I know that they have been massively oversubscribed this year and that’s why we are in this situation but I still don’t have a place to live in York.

‘As you can probably imagine, I’m not most pleased about it. Living an hour away during Freshers’ Week is not ideal.’

Students who put York as their firm choice are guaranteed accommodation in York, but those who secured their place through Clearing, have been left in a scramble for private accommodation or have been offered housing in Hull.

Dylan, another York fresher who secured his place through clearing said: ‘There are still students without any accommodation at all, and so when I was given the option to live in Hull, for me it was a huge relief.

A spokesperson for The University of York said: ‘There has been unprecedented demand for University-provided accommodation across the country, including in York’

‘For weeks now I have been stressing about the serious lack of a room, as I know many have been, and I was pretty much prepared to defer for a year and I know many already had.

He continued: ‘Personally I was pretty impressed by the university’s resolution for us, although I know a lot of students still have no accommodation.’

A spokesperson for The University of York said: ‘There has been unprecedented demand for University-provided accommodation across the country, including in York.

‘The location in Hull is a temporary measure as we expect new purpose-built accommodation on campus in York to be available from January 2022.

‘We have very close connections with nearby Hull, as the University of York Medical School is based across campuses in both York and Hull.’

‘We are finalising (free of charge) transport arrangements for our students who will be based in Hull, and will be providing them with more information about this imminently.

‘We will also be discounting accommodation costs by 10% for these students and providing all of our normal welfare support.

‘We understand this situation is far from ideal, and we are very sorry for the inconvenience this is causing, but we are committed to looking after all of our students during their time studying with us.’

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