The University of Manchester has agreed to give its students a 30% cut in rent for the first half of the academic year following a fractious month of protests and rent strikes against its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The university published a statement on Wednesday stating that all students in university halls of residence will be given a rebate equivalent to four weeks rent as compensation for their reduced experience between September and the end of January. It also set out plans to reopen study spaces, address maintenance issues, improve safety and security, and work with students on a “behaviour pledge”.
The university said the total reduction equates to £4m, which is thought to make it the largest ever rebate secured by students following a rent strike campaign.
The move comes nearly a month after students pulled down fences that had been erected around their halls of residence overnight