University Students Set to Bunk It; SHARED ROOMS INTRODUCED TO SOLVE ACCOMMODATION CRISIS Aberystwyth University
Byline: SION MORGAN
STUDENTS could be forced to share rooms after bunk beds were introduced at Aberystwyth University to solve a housing crisis.
The education establishment has experienced a record number of student applications this year and, as a result, accommodation in the town and within university residences is at a premium.
This has already led officials to offer some students from abroad the option to defer entry for a year. The use of bunk beds is among a "series of innovative and flexible measures" which the university says it is implementing.
The rooms will have two single beds or a bunk bed in each room and will "provide a range of benefits to its occupants," a spokesman said.
Aberystwyth University vicechancellor Professor April Mc-Mahon said: "Bunk rooms have proved a popular solution at other universities and allow us to provide accommodation to more of our students in this exceptional year.
"The room set up ensures that first year students who are more often than not leaving home for the first time are able to quickly make friends with other students in a similar situation. "It also recognises the growing pressures on the finances of students and provides an affordable option against a backdrop of increasing costs."
It is understood that students who have been approved single room accommodation will not be forced to share, although the university admitted that a time will come when the choice is taken out of their hands.
A spokesman said: "The introduction of bunk rooms also ensures the university is able to support students who are yet to secure accommodation in the private sector.
"Students who have applied for a room within university residences will receive offers of accommodation during the next week. The university is currently working through the applications for accommodation in time and date order.
"And there will be a point, unless students who hold the single study bedroom guarantee choose to change, when students will be offered a bunk room within university residences.
"Should students decide not to take the accommodation option available to them, they will be able to seek accommodation within the private sector."
The university said that it was unable to give an exact number of rooms which will be converted as they are currently in a dialogue with the students who require accommodation in university residences - exact numbers can only be given on the first week of term. …