Join the Rent Strike
The Rent Strike is on at UCL. Over 150 students have said we will withhold our rent payments for January and May until the demands of the UCL Cut the Rent campaign are met. More people are joining by the day, saying they will withhold rent for third term. The Strike is growing. We're on Rent Strike... Are you?

From the undersigned:

UCL has failed on the issue of rent, pushing prices far above even market rates year on year and resulting in the exclusion of a whole socio-economic class from studying at UCL. Last year the UCL Director of Estates claimed that “some people just simply cannot afford to study in London and that is just a fact of life” and that “we do not set out rents on the basis of the least well-off students”. Meanwhile, the average weekly rent in UCL halls of residence has increased 56% in 5 years (2010-2015), and the UK average has increased 18% in just 2 years. Last year, UCL calculated a £15.7 million profit margin.

Increasing rents, the relentless rising of tuition fees and the ruthless cutting of grants and bursaries are all part of the ever greater privatisation of higher education.
Rent strikes are a simple, but effective, way to disrupt the flow of capital to the university. Last year, almost 1000 UCL students went on rent strike. Through this tactic, the student body forced management into productive negotiation meetings, through which they received about £1 million in rent subsidies.

On this basis, UCL Cut the Rent is proposing that students temporarily withhold rent from UCL Estates, until the following demands are met:

1) Immediate and retroactive application of at least a 10% rent cut for all current residents in UCL accommodation.

2) An immediate announcement of 10% rent cut for the upcoming academic year.

3) Immediate publication of all Estates documents relating to the accommodation rent-setting process and full transparency in Estates finances.

Please fill out your details below so that we can help put you in touch with others on rent strike in your halls, and send you advice and updates:

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I share the demands of other students at UCL managed accommodation, and am willing to withhold my rent payment until the terms stated above are met.
Thank you!
We aren't alone! We are part of a national movement, and this movement can only grow. Check out our sister organisations at other universities across the country and the national campaign group RENT STRIKE :-)

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