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To Hull and back: York students sent 40 miles away amid rooms shortage

- By Sarah Harris

THEY were clever enough to win a university place at one of the most picture-perfect cities in the country.

So imagine the dismay of many York first-year students when they discovered they would be surrounded not by cobbled streets and Gothic architectu­re but living 40 miles away... in Hull.

The move was triggered by a housing shortage caused by oversubscr­ibed courses. According to the Russell Group university, there are ‘no available rooms’ in York ‘either on or off the campus’.

Freshers sent to Hull – most of whom secured their places through clearing – have been offered a 10 per cent rent reduction and will receive free transport.

Those who put York as their firm choice are guaranteed accommodat­ion with the university when term begins on September 27.

For all the understate­d charms of Hull, not everyone has been won over by the prospect of living in the old fishing port. Monty, a fresher, told The York Tab student website: ‘Their [the university’s] best suggestion... 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.’

A spokesman for York university said it was offering accommodat­ion in Hull to 150 students.

He apologised for the ‘inconvenie­nt’ situation but said there had been ‘unpreceden­ted demand’ for university-provided accommodat­ion across the country. He added that the measure would only be ‘temporary’ as new campus accommodat­ion was expected to be available from January.

Back in Hull, the local authoritie­s remain proud of their ‘growing and resilient’ city. Launching a new economic strategy last month, council leader Daren Hale said: ‘Hull is an unashamedl­y ambitious city and this strategy reflects that ambition.’

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A tale of two cities: Freshers will be offered cheaper rent if they live an hour’s drive away
HULL A tale of two cities: Freshers will be offered cheaper rent if they live an hour’s drive away

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