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Students in the UK are refusing to pay their rent. The university students are angry at their schools. Most university students in the UK stay in university dormitories. The dormitories are normally owned by the universities. They are very expensive. University classes are also very expensive in the UK. Most students pay about £9,000 each year just for classes.

The students are angry because they think the universities tricked them. Many universities said they would have regular classes during COVID. After the students moved into their dormitories, the universities cancelled the regular classes. The classes changed to online. This meant that the students didn’t need to pay for their dormitories. They could have stayed at home and saved thousands. Students say that the universities just wanted to get their money.

Now, the students are refusing to pay their dormitory fees. They are doing this as a protest. They are protesting the high cost of university classes and housing in the UK. They say they are being treated unfairly.

Difficult words

Refuse (v): To say you won’t do something.

Dormitory (n): A building where many people live, normally students.

Tricked (v): To mislead someone.

Fees (n): Money that has to be paid for something.

Protest (n): To say you don’t like something with action.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Refuse  A. Housing
 2. Dormitory  B. Complain
 3. Tricked  C. Bills
 4. Fees D. Say no.
 5. Protest  E. Mislead

True or False?

1. Students in the US are not paying their rent. T / F

2. Most university students in the UK live with their parents. T / F

3. Dormitories are very expensive. T / F

4. The students feel tricked. T / F

5. The universities in the UK did not cancel any classes. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. angry / The / are / students / university

2. very / are / They / expensive

3. £9,000 / students / Most / about / pay

4. online / changed / The / classes / to

5. could / home / at / They / have / stayed

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

PayNormallySaved
RentTreatedRegular

Students in the UK are refusing to pay their (1)________. The university students are angry at their schools. Most university students in the UK stay in university dormitories. The dormitories are (2)___________ owned by the universities. They are very expensive. University classes are also very expensive in the UK. Most students pay about £9,000 each year just for classes.

The students are angry because they think the universities tricked them. Many universities said they would have (3)__________ classes during COVID. After the students moved into their dormitories, the universities cancelled the regular classes. The classes changed to online. This meant that the students didn’t need to pay for their dormitories. They could have stayed at home and (4)_________ thousands. Students say that the universities just wanted to get their money.

Now, the students are refusing to (5)______ their dormitory fees. They are doing this as a protest. They are protesting the high cost of university classes and housing in the UK. They say they are being (6)_________ unfairly.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Is it right for the students to refuse to pay their rent?
5. What should the universities do for the students?
6. Should universities treat students like customers?
7. What is the cost of university like in your country?
8. Do university students normally live in dormitories in your country?
9. Is student accommodation expensive in your country?
10. Have universities in your country stopped in-person classes in 2020?
11. Are students right to be angry at the tuition increase?
12. Do you think university should be free?
13. Should the government control the price of university tuition?
14. How has covid-19 affected students in your country?
15. Should students pay less for classes if they are taking them online?
16. Do many people go to university in your country?
17. How important is having a degree in your country?
18. Do you think the students’ protests will work?
19. Is protesting common in your country?
20. Do students get help from the government in your country?