Access to affordable and sustainable housing for all on Sussex University campus

Access to affordable and sustainable housing for all on Sussex University campus

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Imogen Stephenson started this petition to Brighton & Hove City Council and

OUR GOALS:

Increase student parent provision.

Increase the number of affordable houses on campus. 

Provide sustainable housing. 

Increase accessible housing which is affordable.

Community focus in new builds. 

Empower Student Lets. 

Extend guarantor scheme to parents. 

Pause development plans for meaningful consultation. 

Transparency for future development plans. 

Affordable:

Every year the rent of on-campus accommodation is increasing at an unreasonable rate, at the same time, the current most affordable housing, Park Village and Park Houses, are being demolished. They will be replaced with luxury housing which goes beyond the budget of most students. The token 25% 'affordable' housing comes at £165 a week. That will make the most affordable accommodation on campus will start at £121 a week which is more than half the maximum maintenance loan. 

Family Housing:

Already, the University underprovides for students with families, with 5% of student parents being able to live on campus- in fact, they are not taking applications for family housing "for the foreseeable future" (UoS website). This is actively excluding students with families and forcing them to live off campus and compete for limited private family housing. This is made worse for international families who are unlikely to find a guarantor and so have to pay rent upfront. 

Sustainable:

Both of these factors make the proposed plans unsustainable as students will be unable to afford university, gentrifying the campus and reducing the diverse university community which they so pride themselves on (UoS 2025 Strategic Framework). Future predictions suggest more students will have families as they come back to education when they can afford it. The university will simply not have the infrastructure to provide for these students. Moreover, their idea of climate consciousness includes air conditioning, insufficient solar panels, cutting down ancient trees and forcing the student allotment to move for the third time. 

Accessible:

None of these housing aspects should come at the cost of accessibility. The plans have not sufficiently consulted accessibility concerns- we demand that more time and true consideration is given for us to voice these.  

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