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Goldsmiths Accommodation Petition

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As the students effected by the huge oversubscription of Goldsmiths Halls of Residence, as well as our educational peers and parents/guardians, we demand an official apology from the institution of Goldsmiths for the added stress and inconvenience due to the vast incompetence of the Accommodation Office of Goldsmiths. We expect the apology to be issued from Accommodation Services Manager, Ms. Sue Tarhan, on behalf of the university, and be delivered in writing to all undergraduates who applied for Goldsmiths Halls of Residence for the 2013/14 academic year, but were rejected due to oversubscription, or who were accepted into the overpriced, newly-obtained Student Castle or Mansion Wharf, and who now face a monetary struggle because of the high cost of rent in the aforementioned residencies. 

 Furthermore, we demand further significant subsidies towards the currently astronomical rent of Student Castle and Mansion Wharf, allowing students from less fiscally prosperous households to consider both residencies as a realistic option for accommodation. Currently, rent on certain rooms available at Student Castle and Mansion Wharf is larger than the sum available to the majority of students' loans. We wish this to rectified for the upcoming academic year.

 We also suggest to Goldsmiths that they acquire new, Goldsmiths owned Halls of Residence within the foreseeable future. The oversubscription of their Halls of Residence occurs yearly, without any action being taken by the university. A significant amount of financial backing should be made available to secure new property for their students within the next few years.


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