The UK’s leading owner, manager and developer of student accommodation, Unite Students, has announced a rent discount for students following the Government’s latest Covid-19 lockdown announcement.
According to a press release earlier today, students will be able to apply for a discount of 50% of their rent for a total of 4 weeks and, in addition, will be given a 4-week complimentary extension of their tenancy agreement at the end of the academic year to extend their stay into the summer.
Unite Students has announced that the rental discount and tenancy extension will be available to all students checked-in but not living in their accommodation between 18 January and 14 February.
The move from Unite Students comes after the Government’s latest guidance recommended that most students start their second term online following a spike in coronavirus cases throughout the country. However, for certain practical courses, such as medicine, veterinary science, teacher training and social work, university campuses have remained opened.
Commenting on the decision, Richard Smith, Unite Students Chief Executive Officer, said: “We recognise that this is again a particularly challenging time for all students, which is why their health, safety and security has been our priority since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new rent discount recognises the challenges and disruption that students face following the Government’s latest lockdown announcement, and we feel that taking this action is the right thing to do.
“Universities remain open, unlike the first lockdown, and we continue to have thousands of students living with us as of today. Some students studying specific subjects have already returned to University, and more will be returning for face-to-face tuition during January as per Government guidelines, while for other students our accommodation is their only home. All our properties across the country remain open and operational.
“Against the backdrop of the Government Covid-19 guidelines, we are working closely with our University partners. We will continue to support students and maintain our focus to keep all students and staff safe across our properties during the pandemic.”