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University of York runs out of campus accommodation for freshers
THE University of York has been unable to provide hundreds of first-year students with a room on campus after running out of accommodation.
More than 260 first year students will be living off-campus this year, with about 170 “freshers” going into privately owned purpose-built student accommodation at The Boulevard in Lawrence Street and Catherine House in Walmgate.
A further 100 will go into private landlords’ accommodation managed by the university.
The university said the lack of campus accommodation, which has happened for the first time since the 2010/11 academic year, was due to a larger than expected number of students being given offers through clearing, while many students also accepted their insurance offer from York at the last minute.
The Students’ Union said it would be pressing the university to tackle the problem to help students who were bearing the brunt of it.
However, it suggested the situation could provide an opportunity for proper engagement with local residents.
Union president Kallum Taylor said it was a complicated issue and he did not want to get into a “blame game” or panic the students affected.
He said: “They’ve had it tough not knowing where they’re living until just recently, and we’re taking actions with the university to compensate that, but York’s a great city and we can make this situation work for all concerned.
“It is tough for any university to get their numbers just right, but still there have clearly been some costly gaps in communication.”
A university spokesman said: “Despite enormous competition across the higher education sector for high-quality students, the University of York has successfully attracted a greater than expected number of students.
“This, combined with the university’s guarantee to find accommodation for all first-year undergraduates who applied before August 24, has resulted in a shortfall of campus-based rooms.
"The accommodation office, working with colleagues in estates and health and safety, has done a fantastic job to ensure that all students covered by the guarantee are offered accommodation several weeks before the start of term.”
He said students living off campus would be fully integrated into college life.
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