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UK: Students protest rent prices at UCL open day in London01:12

UK: Students protest rent prices at UCL open day in London

United Kingdom, London
July 3, 2015 at 19:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Angry students turned up at the University College London (UCL) open day on Friday, to protest against dire living conditions and high rents at their university accommodation halls.

The students carried banners with messages including "UCL fucks you over" and "UCL is racist" as they set off the smoke flares throughout the campus. One student activist complained about "cockroach infestations, rodent infestations, incessant building work, dangerous levels of pollution and unacceptable facilities" in the student houses, adding that "they are being forced to pay sky high rents".

For several months, students of UCL have been withholding their rent over complaints that building works around their halls make it impossible to study. The university has already responded with threats of eviction and expulsion.

UK: Students protest rent prices at UCL open day in London01:12
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Angry students turned up at the University College London (UCL) open day on Friday, to protest against dire living conditions and high rents at their university accommodation halls.

The students carried banners with messages including "UCL fucks you over" and "UCL is racist" as they set off the smoke flares throughout the campus. One student activist complained about "cockroach infestations, rodent infestations, incessant building work, dangerous levels of pollution and unacceptable facilities" in the student houses, adding that "they are being forced to pay sky high rents".

For several months, students of UCL have been withholding their rent over complaints that building works around their halls make it impossible to study. The university has already responded with threats of eviction and expulsion.

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