We are currently gathering information to ensure we have a clear picture of the issues, and will be seeking to discuss students concerns with appropriate University Management this week.
Our current understanding is that students are unhappy with the confirmed rates and length of the residential contract for 2013/14, and more particularly the level of charges to be applied should they now wish to reconsider and withdraw from the halls contract (set at £50 charge prior to 2nd August rising to £100 after that).
If you are one of these returning students unhappy with the proposed costs of living in halls (or indeed the costs of withdrawing from the contract) we are keen to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org describing your concerns, and what you would like to see as an outcome from our discussions with the University.
The Students’ Unions Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) provides a great service for any students struggling with contracts, accommodation issues and much more- and we would encourage ANY student to get in touch. However, given this is now identified as a group representation issue, the first point of contact will be James Ward (VP Community Welfare). Of course, should you change your mind and look to seek off-campus accommodation (or are still looking for a house for next year) the ARC provides information and guidance on the processes and pitfalls (including contract checks, guidance on fees, and preferred agents)- http://brunelstudents.com/advice/content/26785
As identified above, we will now be seeking to discuss these concerns with the University over the course of this week. Any progress or clarity will be reported here on brunelstudents.com