19 Apr 2024

Auckland University hostel students to withhold rent over spiraling costs

From Nine To Noon, 9:15 am on 19 April 2024

Some students at halls run by the University of Auckland will refuse to pay their fees from next month in protest at what they say are unjustifiable price hikes.

The weekly cost to live in a single standard room at Waipārūrū Hall, the University's - and the country's - biggest student residence, jumped from $470 last year to $540 this year.

The rent strike is being led by Students For Fair Rent, which says that 8% jump is out of whack with inflation - and beyond the means of students in fulltime study with limited time to earn additional income.

Last year Nine to Noon touched on the issue of residential advisors in Auckland University Halls losing their rent reduction.

Kathryn speaks to Students For Fair Rent's chair Matthew Lee and Greens co-leader and Auckland Central MP Chloe Swarbrick.

Auckland, New Zealand - March 1, 2017: Sign and logo of University of Auckland set near modern dark gray offices in green park like environment. Gray sky.

Photo: Claudine van Massenhove