Since the Fee increases in 2010 students have been coughing up more and more for an education, something that should be a right and not a privilege. Alongside these extortionate fees students are being asked to pay more rent than ever before, not just in the private market but in University Halls.
The growing cost of rent is having a directly negative impact on the wellbeing of students. Some are having to miss lectures to go to work in order to afford rent. With increased rent comes a reduction in the number of students who are able to come to a university such as Goldsmiths. This form of social cleansing is not only affecting students who can no longer afford to study in London but also impacts on every student within the University who will soon find themselves only surrounded by the elite few who can afford it as well as directly affecting the community within which Goldsmiths resides.
Our education system needs affordable and safe living conditions. The National Union of Students is backing the Rent Strike movement because housing at university should not be a luxury. The Rent Strike at Goldsmiths is taking place because students don't want luxury living, they don't want to have to work two jobs whilst at uni in order to piece together extortionate rent. Students who are withholding their rent are doing so for future students, to ensure that everyone can afford to come to uni.
Hopefully the University should soon realise that it is the Student's wellbeing they should be looking after and not the private providers.