Last year at Goldsmiths, Cut The Rent was formed with two main goals; the first being that all halls should meet the standards set by housing charity Shelter and the second seeking to make halls affordable by capping rent at half the average maintenance loan, the equivalent of £100.20 per week.
We all know rent is expensive in London, but universities should be doing their best to create and offer affordable housing. Rent at Goldsmiths halls has risen significantly this year with some halls increasing by £50 a week with only vague aesthetic improvements to show for it. Last year our halls cost on average 75% of the maintenance loan; it's clear that most students can’t afford these unsustainable prices.
Since starting, the Cut The Rent campaign have put the views of students first. They've put the real story of halls, from exploding toilets to rat infested kitchens, into the public domain so students can see that increasing fees doesnt lead to improved accommodation. Instead of falling on deaf ears, these stories have inspired a movement determined to change the status quo. Since the campaign started, the National Union of Students has vowed to