De­gree of pain for stu­dents who rent

Re­port shows Uxbridge digs are third most costly

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

STU­DENTS in Uxbridge pay a weekly rent higher than al­most ev­ery­where else in the coun­try ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 5.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion for those in full-time ed­u­ca­tion in the town will cost an av­er­age of £120 per week, mak­ing it the sec­ond most ex­pen­sive in the UK.

Lon­don tops the list with an av­er­age of £136.61, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures pub­lished by the prop­erty web­site ac­com­mo­da­tion­for stu­dents.com

Si­mon Thompson, di­rec­tor of the on­line com­pany, said: “The sever­ity of the hous­ing cri­sis in the cap­i­tal means that some stu­dents are pay­ing nearly the same as the pri­vate rented sec­tor for ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“Ev­ery­one de­serves an ed­u­ca­tion, not just the well-off, but in­creas­ing fees, changes to the grant sys­tem and rising rents are set­ting a prime ex­am­ple of elitism.”

The sta­tis­tics were taken from the Ac­com­mo­da­tion for Stu­dents data­base and took the av­er­age rental, me­dian rental val­ues and the min­i­mum and max­i­mum rents.

Av­er­age weekly rents for a stu­dent room in the UK is £86.76 in 2016 – up from £73.73 in 2010.

For me­dian rent val­ues, Uxbridge is third in the coun­try, be­hind Lon­don and Kingston, at a cost of £124.

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