Coventry & Warwickshire

Warwick students face accommodation shortage

More than 100 students at the University of Warwick have still not found accommodation, less than a week before term starts.

The students' union said accommodation on campus was so oversubscribed some students had delayed coming for a year.

Welfare officer Leo Boe said some had been told they might have to temporarily live in hotel rooms.

University spokesman Peter Dunn said it was always hard to estimate how many students would need accommodation.

Universities across the country faced record numbers of applications this year - and some were given additional places to help relieve the pressure.

'More money'

Students are trying to find accommodation before the new term starts on Monday.

Mr Boe said any students who did not find accommodation by 1 October could move into hotel rooms in Coventry until the end of the month at a cost of £100 a week - the price of rent in halls.

He added: "I've had parents ringing me up asking me how they get more money for their child."

Mr Dunn said students were also being helped by being given free accommodation at the university so they could meet other people and search for house shares together.

Dr Dunn added it had been difficult because more undergraduates had been given places than expected.

He said: "Time and time again the kids out there simply excel and get better grades than even we would expect and we have more people coming here."

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