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Rent Strikes Loom at British Universities


Many students are balking at paying rent for accommodation they can’t access because of the latest lockdown.

Exeter college, part of Oxford University, stands in Oxford, U.K.
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

National lockdowns across the U.K. have left many college students who returned home for the holidays stuck there, on the hook to pay rent for empty rooms back at school.

The added — and in many cases, expensive — frustration for British students is fueling threats of rent strikes.