Jamie Freshwater, Jonathan Cresswell and Emma Greatorex from The Linc newspaper at the University of Lincoln has been following problems with student accommodation that has led to freshers being housed in a car park:
The team initially reported how 200 students did not know where they were going to live six days before starting at the university.
Then on the construction of temporary ‘portacabins’ in a carpark for the overflow of students, cheerfully named ‘Festival Gardens’, and the building of a further set of cabins in a sports hall car park.
They got students’ and parents’ reaction on moving in:
The first residents of Festival Gardens have moved into their temporary accommodation, with many students taking to it with good spirits but there are still many concerned about the quality of the £30 per week portacabin housing.
Charlie was one of the first to move into Festival Gardens after applying for accommodation when she secured a place on a drama course through clearing.
She said: “I heard through email that I was going to be staying in a temporary accommodation and that it was going to be a twin room with an en-suite and I was like oh that sounds lovely, I can’t wait to go, and I got here and I was like ‘oh, right’.”
…Charlie’s mother hopes to get her in permanent accommodation soon, saying if she “knew it was going to be for longer than a month”, she would “definitely not” let her child stay.
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