The Conference itself, where the student accommodation industry met to discuss how to make even more money at the expense of students, costs £552 per person to attend, a sum which shows how priced out students are from influencing the accommodation agenda.
In a letter the protesters gave out to participants of the conference as they entered the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel stated: “We are concerned by how students are being exploited as a result of a housing crisis. In following a model of privatisation providers, investors and our own institutions are making huge profits at our expense. High rents and a lack of financial and organisational support means students are more likely to be in poor quality housing and unable to make ends meet.”
Protesters set up campus with tents and a sub-standards ‘student house’ to highlight the exploitation and very poor deal students in London at the hands of university accommodation providers.
The message of protesters was clear: it’s time to cut the rent!