Rent strike campaigners say Queen Mary University of London is unfairly targeting students who withheld their rent during the pandemic.
The occupations have been launched in protest at a lack of support for students during the pandemic.
VICE and Refinery29 are joining the NUS to call for all students to be offered rent rebates, and for maintenance grants to be reintroduced.
Some unis in England are offering rent rebates for students unable to return to halls due to COVID restrictions. Some others... are not.
This is the story of a bunch of teenagers who, away from home for the first time, started a movement.
Students at the University of Manchester will also be given the option to break from their contract without penalty.
The move by the University of Bristol, made during a rent strike, risks penalising students from households with lower incomes.
The east London residents garnered national coverage in the UK after letting agents said they could use savings from lunch and holidays to pay rent during the pandemic.
Students occupying the tower in Manchester say they are unhappy about threats to fine them for taking part in rent-striking, and the university's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some have been on a rent strike, some are on the verge of eviction, some are dealing with landlords who suggest letting a stranger's family move in to help share the cost of rent.
Multiple people in east London face eviction despite having always paid their rent, and say they have been surveilled by agents acting for their billionaire landlord.