STUDENTS AT King's College, Cambridge, have started a rent strike. Students at the college, which is part of Cambridge University, voted last week by 201 to 65 in favour of direct action in protest at the rising cost of living in the college.
More than 120 students are now taking part in a rent strike. Rents have risen by almost 30 percent since an earlier rent strike in 1999. The students feel academic staff are enjoying unnecessary privileges while students suffer the consequences. Most students at King's are committed to widening access to Cambridge University.
The high cost of living is a huge barrier to applications and comes on top of the cost of tuition fees and proposed top-up fees.
N D M HOLFORD, King's College student