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.
Protesters also lined up outside Blackstone and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mansion.
“People don’t have the money to pay the rent, and what we’re asking them to do is politicize that experience,” said Tara Raghuveer.