Activists across the country are hoping to emulate a successful mass rent strike at Manchester University, which last month led it to cut rent in its halls by 30% for this term.
However, the first-year students, who organised the campaign, are determined to join other universities to force rent cuts for the rest of the academic year.
The number of students pledging to withhold rent has tripled, with almost 600 ready to strike in January.
“And we are helping other universities set up their own strikes because every student in the country deserves a rent cut.”.
McGowan said students are expecting rent cuts to cover the government’s staggered return, which will see students on non-practical courses come back across a five-week period.
In Cambridge, more than 400 students have promised to join a rent strike amid anger at redundancies in some colleges.
The largest rent strike in the country is at Bristol University, where more than 1,400 students have been demanding rent cuts, more support and no-penalty contract releases. »