Students offered holiday camp digs as halls fill up

AFS Team·19 December 2011·3 min read
Students offered holiday camp digs as halls fill up
Hundreds of students looking for digs were shown around a holiday camp after a university put up a ‘no vacancies’ sign on halls of residence. New students at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, were offered shared chalets after a guided tour of a Pontins Holiday Camp about 25 minutes drive from campus. Student self-catering accommodation is offered at £70 a week for sharing a chalet between three or £130 a week for a private, one-bed apartment. Holiday camp staff were quick to point out the benefits of living at Pontins, which include a games arcade, swimming pool and on-site supermarket. Pontins and the university are tight-lipped about the plan, and no one could confirm whether students could join families in organised entertainment provided by the camp’s blue coats. Edge Hill has around 25,000 students attending courses, with 1,000 bed spaces on campus. A spokesman said: “Edge Hill University offers its own accommodation in over 1,000 rooms on campus. However in a year when we have experienced further increases in demand for our courses, there is a number of students looking for options off-campus. “The university helps students in this situation by providing contact details for accommodation providers, and transport to see options in the region. Pontins has indicated that rooms may be available and we have passed on information and taken potential students to see what they have to offer. “Students would have contracts with these providers and the university cannot comment on the take-up of their places, or other specific arrangements.” Edge Hill is not the only university facing accommodation problems. The University of Cumbria is urging private landlords to come forward as halls of residence in Carlisle are already full. Lucy Roberts, commercial services manager at the Carlisle campus, said: "We do work with private landlords, but second and third year students have already taken a lot of that accommodation as they move forward with their studies, so we are increasingly needing more."