Lincolnshire

University of Lincoln uses cabins for student accommodation

A temporary student village has been built at the University of Lincoln to house about 140 first year students.

Portable twin-cabin units have been set up at the Brayford Wharf campus.

The university accommodation team said it had experienced a higher than normal request for student housing, with many last minute requests.

In a statement it said they allocated accommodation on "a first come, first served basis according to when you applied".

'Bring the essentials'

In its advice to students the university said: "Please come to the university as planned on Sunday 18 September, but bear in mind that you may be in short-stay accommodation for the first few weeks.

"Just bring the essentials with you on Sunday such as bedding, toiletries, a few cooking utensils etc."

The students' union at the university said it sympathised with the position of students who have had difficulty in finding somewhere to live in Lincoln and would do all it could to support and represent their issues.

"At present all the halls accommodation in Lincoln are full but the university is working very hard to ensure that they can accommodate all students who need it on Sunday, albeit that some students will be in temporary accommodation."

They also say that they "will actively work with the University and community to improve both access to, and quality of, accommodation for Lincoln students in future years".

Michael Watts, from Nottingham, who will be arriving in Lincoln as a first-year-student and taking a place in the temporary accommodation said: "It's not really what I expected. I expected to be in normal halls but I suppose the cabins will be OK.

"The fact they have done something about it is really good. I'm really pleased I have got accommodation now even if it is temporary."

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