Students banned from accessing university emails for failing to pay rent, going against CMA rules

Students banned from accessing university emails for failing to pay rent, going against CMA rules

“Compliance with consumer protection law is an important way to ensure that students have the right information to make informed decisions about what and where to study and are treated fairly when they get there.”

The CMA declined to comment on whether they would be taking action against the University of Liverpool. 

The University of Liverpool has also been criticised by its students for setting “extortionate” rent prices. 

Rory Hughes, president of the Liverpool Guild of Students, said: “The University of Liverpool has one of the most extortionate rent portfolios for halls of residence in the country, in one of the cheapest student cities to live. 

“Currently, the average rent in halls is more than 110 per cent of the average student’s maintenance loan.”

Last academic year, 16 per cent of students failed to pay their rent on time and are therefore subject to academic sanctions, compared to the national average of 1.7 per cent. 

A spokesman for the University of Liverpool said: “We always seek to deal with these matters in a fair and proportionate way and we are of course aware of the guidance provided by the CMA.

“The University keeps its approach to sanctions for non-payment of residential costs under review and is working with the Liverpool Guild of Students and others to discuss this, and additional support for students in arrears.”  

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