The University of Exeter has extended the cancellation of rent across all of its accommodation after being advised by the Department of Education that educational settings cannot reopen until 8 March at the earliest.
Students who have not returned to their university-managed accommodation between 4 January and 8 March will not be liable to pay rent for that period.
The provision is also in place for students whose accommodation contracts have been organized by the university.
Students’ Guild President Sunday Blake has said that the Guild will “still be pushing for a system where all students will get 100 per cent rent refunds”.
Students in privately-owned UNITE accommodation had originally been told that their rent would be reduced by 50 percent between 18 January and 14 February, as long as they did not return to their accommodation during this time. This has now also been extended to 8 March, in line with the government’s advice.
The vast majority of students in privately rented accommodation are still paying full rent regardless of whether they are currently living in their term-time homes.
Students’ Guild President Sunday Blake has said that the Guild will “still be pushing for a system where all students will get 100 percent rent refunds”.