.Representation

Accommodation for ERASMUS and Exchange Students (1314P11)

Status: Lapsed | Zone: International

Passed: 01/05/2014 | Lapsed: 01/05/2014

This policy was discussed at the following meetings:

  • There are approximately 300 ERASMUS, exchange and visiting students at the University every year.
  • Each semester a new cohort of students arrive.
  • Semester 1 has a larger cohort of students than Semester 2.
  • Most student housing contracts are for 12 months, from 1st July until 30th June.
  • These contract lengths are unsuitable for students who are only at the University for 3-4 months.
  • When a student arrives in the UK, they sometimes have to rent a hotel for the first week until they find accommodation.
  • Arriving to study in a new country is a stressful experience, and a lack of suitable student accommodation can exacerbate the stress.
  • The University of Southampton should guarantee Exchange and ERASMUS students a place in Halls.
  • There should be Welcome Assistants to welcome these students to Halls in Semester 2.
  • To lapse Policy 0910P6 – Proposal on Halls Accommodation for ERASMUS and Exchange Students.
  • To lobby the University Halls Management team to create shorter contracts for ERASMUS and Exchange students.
  • To lobby the University to guarantee students, only in the UK for up to one year of study, a place in Halls.
  • The VP Student Communities to lobby the University Halls Management Team to create shorter contracts for particular students (Resolves 2).
  • The VP Student Communities to lobby the University to guarantee places for visiting students (Resolves 3).