London’s students are increasingly find it difficult to find affordable accommodation in the capital.
The city has a student population of more than 400,000, and almost 100,000 of them are international students from all over the world.
But it’s getting more difficult for students to find an affordable place to live in the growing city.
Milou Froeling from The Netherlands moved to London in September in order to study an MA at Goldsmiths, University of London.
She had to stay with friends and in hostels for two months because she couldn’t find an affordable place to live in London.
She says that it was extremely stressful not having a place to live and made it difficult for her to focus on her studies.
The New Cross Inn Hostel in South East London says that at the beginning of every academic year they receive a lot of students who don’t have anywhere to stay.
Most of them find a place within days or weeks but there have been some cases where students have stayed there for months – one student ended up staying there for a whole academic year.
Sociology professor at Goldsmiths, Les Back, has lived in South East London the past 20 years and remembers how it was easier for students to find a decent affordable place in the 1980s.
He explains that the housing shortage for students is a part of a larger housing crisis in London.
About 5,000 people demonstrated against the lack of affordable housing in London on 30th January.
The demonstration was called ‘March for Home’ and was organized both by campaigners, tenants and trade unionists.
The aim of the march was to urge mayor Boris Johnson to built more council homes, control private rents and call off the proposed demolition of up to 70 London estates.
One protester was architect Rob Connor who told the The Guardian that:
London is about diversity. Housing policies that break apart communities are ripping the heart out of communities
By Louise Tjaerandsen