Students at Leicester University to gain accommodation rebate

Written by Emily Herbert

Due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic and the effect of the national lockdown, students residing in University of Leicester accommodation can claim a discount on their rent payments.

Students have been advised to stay at home by the government for online learning, except for specific courses such as medicine and education, where practical classes will continue.

Graham Wynn and Geoff Green, the staff at the University of Leicester released an email earlier this week explaining the universities situation on accommodation rebates.

They state: “Accommodation rebates will be provided to students living in our halls of residence. The exact amount of this rebate will be calculated in March, once it is possible to assess the full impact of the current national lockdown.”

And later in the week announced: “[It will be available to all students] who have not made any use of their accommodation since the commencement of the national lockdown.”

After the full effect of the new lockdown is decided, rebates will be processed in the April rent payment instalment. 

Jack Tee, a journalism student at the University of Leicester, currently at home says: “Good! I want my money back. The fact that I would be breaking the law to use my university hall but still have to pay would have been outrageous!”

He adds: “This was not the university experience I was promised.”

Alex Hunt, a second-year student, states: “While it was nice that they will give us a rebate on our accommodation, it worries me that we still need to pay them the full price to be refunded later on.”

However, Alex thinks that the university needs to provide more details about the rebate, adding: ”The fact we have been given very little information is worrying.”

Emily Herbert is a first-year student of Journalism at the University of Leicester, with further aspirations of pursuing a career in TV. You can find her on Instagram @emilykateherbert

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