Exeter backtracks on housing guarantee

first_imgOne first-year undergraduate, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Cherwell: “We were basically sent an email saying ‘sorry, sort yourselves out’.“We haven’t been given proper access to any realistic alternatives, and have been told that the college can’t find any suitable housing.“I can’t realistically get private housing until I know I will have financial support, as I can’t afford it with my loan. Meanwhile, all the good houses are going.”The student also said that guaranteed accommodation was “a major factor” in their choice of college, as they “didn’t want to have to deal with private landlords”.Another fresher described the situation as “depressing”.“Telling us to find private housing at the end of Michaelmas is pretty irresponsible,” they said. “The main reasons I applied to Exeter were guaranteed accommodation and the central location.”Exeter students currently live in accommodation on the college’s Turl Street site, at the recently-opened Cohen Quad on Walton Street, and in four college-owned houses and a graduate block on Iffley Road. The college also has accommodation on Banbury Road, which houses visiting students as part of its exchange programme with Williams College.This is not the first time that Exeter College has failed to deliver on its guarantees for student accommodation. In 2016, 86 Exeter students were moved into Jury’s Inn, a four-star hotel in Wolvercote, after delays to the opening of Cohen Quad. Exeter’s JCR position of Domestic and Accommodation Officer is currently vacant, after no candidate stood in the recent elections.Neither the college nor the accommodation manager responded to a request for comment. First-year students at Exeter College have expressed outrage after a warning that they are unlikely to receive college accommodation in the next academic year.The college claims to guarantee its students three years of accommodation but as many as thirty current freshers may now need to seek private housing in their second year.At the start of eighth week, an email informed undergraduates them of “a potential shortfall of about 30 college bedrooms available for the next academic year, 2018-2019,” with “implications for those…currently placed between 146–176 on the housing ballot”.Students have expressed anger, telling Cherwell that they have been “left in the lurch”.On Friday of 9th week, Exeter students received another email, informing them of “the efforts the College is making to secure additional accommodation”.It said: “The Bursar is exploring what, if any, opportunities exist in Oxford for the college to lease a block of student accommodation for the 2018-2019 academic year.“The reality is that there is hardly any commercial student accommodation that would be acceptable to Exeter students, taking into account location, quality and cost.”Students were told that they “should be aware that the college may not succeed in finding additional accommodation… many of you may need to consider private letting”.Private letting is often more expensive than college accommodation. Analysis by Lloyds Bank earlier this year named Oxford the least affordable place to live in the UK.Students have expressed their frustration at the college for their handling of the situation.last_img read more

Ocean City Police Activity Report for Aug. 30 to Sept. 5

first_imgSeptember 3, 2015: ThursdayCalls for service: 87Motor Vehicle Stops: 8Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 27Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 7 EMS callsDomestic violence, 900 block West Ave., at 1:35amFraud, 700 block Moorlyn Terr., at 12:52pmBurglary, 800 block Atlantic Ave., at 1:10pmMotor vehicle accident, 15th St. & Wesley Ave., at 6:23pmTheft, 400 block Atlantic Ave., at 7:16pm August 30, 2015: Sunday                                                Calls for service: 144Motor Vehicle Stops: 27Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 23Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 11 Fire and 9 EMS callsDomestic violence, 700 block 9th St., at 1:39amTheft, 200 block Bay Ave., at 7:59amTheft, 200 block Bay Ave., at 9:07amMotor vehicle accident, 55th St., at 12:17pmMotor vehicle accident, 5300 block Asbury Ave., at 5:48pm August 31, 2015: Monday Calls for service: 162Motor Vehicle Stops: 45Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 43Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 8 Fire and 7 EMS callsWarrant, 700 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 11:54pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIES August 30 – September 5, 2015Calls for Service: 1,023Daily Average: 146 September 1, 2015: TuesdayCalls for service: 124Motor Vehicle Stops: 31Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 27Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 10 fire and 9 EMS callsWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 12:41amWarrant, 700 block Plymouth Pl., at 9:01amWarrant, 800 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 1:32pmWarrant, 1400 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 6:07pmMotor vehicle accident, 10th St. & Wesley Ave., at 4:52pmcenter_img September 2, 2015: WednesdayCalls for service: 100Motor Vehicle Stops: 24Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 26Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 11 fire and 12 EMS callsTheft, 800 block North St., at 11:30amMotor vehicle accident, 200 block West Ave., at 12:01pmBurglary, unit block Simpson Ave., at 3:02pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & Bay Ave., at 9:42pm September 4, 2015: FridayCalls for service: 185Motor Vehicle Stops: 54Motor Vehicle Accidents: 4Property Checks: 51Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 8 EMS callsBurglary, 700 block Boardwalk, at 7:34amTheft, 2000 block Wesley Ave., at 8:12amTheft, 1300 block West Ave., at 10:19amMotor vehicle accident, 1500 block Boardwalk, at 10:31amMotor vehicle accident, 36th St., at 11:02amMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & Bay Ave., at 12:53pmWarrant, 500 block West Ave., 0ne in custody, at 2:38pmFraud, 2100 block Asbury Ave., at 2:48pmMotor vehicle accident, 3400 block Simpson Ave., at 8:58pm September 5, 2015: Saturday Calls for service: 219Motor Vehicle Stops: 61Motor Vehicle Accidents: 3Property Checks: 37Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 9 fire and 14 EMS callsTheft, 800 block Boardwalk, at 12:24amFraud, 2300 block Simpson Ave., at 8:58amDomestic violence, 400 block Atlantic Ave., at 9:01amBurglary, 700 block Boardwalk, at 10:13amMotor vehicle accident, 11th St. & Asbury Ave., at 11:51amTheft, 1000 block Ocean Ave., at 12:14pmThreats, 400 block Atlantic Ave., at 3:08pmMotor vehicle accident, 40th St. & West Ave., at 3:26pmWarrant, 2500 block Central Ave., at 4:10pmMotor vehicle accident, 600 block 8th St., at 7:17pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 8:48pmBurglary, 2400 block Asbury Ave., at 9:55pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Departmentlast_img read more