Whilst the University and some purpose built student accommodation have refunded rent to students for weeks pre and post Christmas impacted by government restrictions, those living in private accommodation have not received the same support.
We want our students to have the option of being released from their rental contracts, or be given financial relief whilst they are unable to use their accommodation. We have created a skeleton email for your parents or guardians to send to their MP to build nationwide support for private rent refunds. We need this to reach as many constituencies around the country as possible, and need your help to do it.
- Copy and paste this template into your email and add your details
- Find your MP’s email address here
- CC firstname.lastname@example.org into your email so we can track which MPs have been contacted
- Share on your preferred social media platform
‘parents of the #forgottenstudents’ su.sheffield.ac.uk/forgottenstudents2020
Address of parent
Dear xxxx MP,
Re: My forgotten student
I am the parent of a student at the University of Sheffield. I am writing to you as my MP to explain how the pandemic has created an impossible year for students: paying high fees and housing costs on the promise of a student experience, which universities simply cannot deliver.
Covid restrictions mean my child has been told to stay at their family home by the government. Meanwhile, they are legally required to pay for their student accommodation despite not being legally allowed to access it.
I am aware that most universities, including the University of Sheffield, and some purpose built student accommodation have refunded rent to students for the weeks when the government told them not to return to campus.
I strongly believe that this inconsistency is unfair and that all students should be released from their rental contracts or given financial relief whilst they are unable to use their accommodation, regardless of who their landlord is.
As my MP, you have the power to ask the government where their financial provisions are for the forgotten students of this pandemic who are living in privately rented accommodation. Students need the freedom to be released from contracts or refunded for weeks they have not had access to their accommodation.
I look forward to hearing from you with an update of the actions you have taken to represent our situation.
Parent of a University of Sheffield student