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'How Students Can Buy a £400,000 Home With Zero Deposit'

Patrick Collinson, Money Editor of The Guardian (Saturday 26 October 2019) used this headline for a report by Patrick Collinson, its Money Editor, on the increasing number of building societies offering deals that let young adults buy their university home and pay the mortgage with the rent they charge other students.

Students at Bristol (UWE) & Coventry Universities Unhappy with University Accommodation

The BBC News (Wednesday 23 October 2019 and Thursday 24 October) carried reports about students dissatisfaction with their accommodation at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where students have said that 'studio pods' are 'not fit for humans'; and at Coventry University where students were moved into temporary accommodation due to a rat problem at halls of residence.

Pre-Loading Students Causing Sleepless Nights in Bristol

On Friday 18 October 2019, using the headline 'It's Party Central': the Bristol Residents Fed Up with Noisy Student Neighbours', Steven Morris reported on the impact of student behaviour on local residents in the Redland area of Bristol. In the same issue of the Guardian, Richard Adams and Will Charley reported that 'Bristol University Pays for Late-Night Police Patrols Targeting Noisy Students'.

University Degree Inflation Continues to Spiral

On 11 July 2019 the BBC News Family and education Correspondent, Sean Coughlan, reported on a warning by the Office of Students that almost three-quarters of increases in top grades are 'unexplained', echoing worries that grade inflation threatens to devalue university education.

Kensington London: Couple Lose Court Battle Over Noise Disturbance

on Tuesday 2 July 2019 Tristan Kirk, Courts Correspondent of the Evening Standard, reported on the outcome of a legal battle between neighbours. Last year a county court judge awarding £107,397 in damages ruled that the defendants should have fitted carpeting and soundproofing when they installed a wooden floor in their apartment in 2010.