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Students in the UK are refusing to pay the rent for their university dormitories. The university students are angry at their schools. Most university students in the UK stay in university dormitories that are owned by the universities. The cost of the dormitories is very expensive and students also have to pay for the very expensive university classes too. 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 and they told students to come to their schools like normal. After the students moved into their dormitories, the universities cancelled the regular classes. Some even had to lockdown right after students moved in. The universities then changed the classes to be online. This meant that the students didn’t need to pay for their dormitories because they didn’t have to come to the schools at all. They could have stayed at home and saved thousands in dormitory fees. 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 because of how they have been treated. They are protesting the high cost of university classes and housing in the UK. They say that they are being taken advantage of by the universities and that they aren’t getting what they pay for. The anger from students is part of a larger problem regarding the cost of university in the UK. With COVID, the problem seems to have reached a boiling point.

Difficult Words

Refusing (v): To say no.

Dormitories (n): University owned housing for students.

Tricked (v): To deceive or mislead.

Regarding (v): Concerning, having to do with.

Boiling point (n): A point where anger or excitement breaks out.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Refusing A. Misled
 2. Dormitories B. Breaking point.
 3. Tricked C. Housing
 4. Regarding D. Concerning
 5. Boiling point E. Say no.

True or False?

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

2. Dormitory costs are very cheap in the UK. T / F

3. Students in the UK pay less than £10,000 for classes. T / F

4. The students feel tricked by the universities. T / F

5. The students are not planning to protest. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. refusing / to / UK / are / in / pay / Students / the

2. very expensive / The / the / is / cost of / dormitories

3. to / Some / had / even / lockdown

4. classes / The / changed / the / universities / then

5. doing / are / as / this / protest / They / a

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English Audio:

ExpensiveThousandsRent
RegularAdvantageFees

Students in the UK are refusing to pay the (1)_______ for their university dormitories. The university students are angry at their schools. Most university students in the UK stay in university dormitories that are owned by the universities. The cost of the dormitories is very expensive and students also have to pay for the very (2)____________ university classes too. 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 and they told students to come to their schools like normal. After the students moved into their dormitories, the universities cancelled the regular classes. Some even had to lockdown right after students moved in. The universities then changed the classes to be online. This meant that the students didn’t need to pay for their dormitories because they didn’t have to come to the schools at all. They could have stayed at home and saved (4)_____________ in dormitory fees. Students say that the universities just wanted to get their money.

Now, the students are refusing to pay their dormitory (5)________. They are doing this as a protest because of how they have been treated. They are protesting the high cost of university classes and housing in the UK. They say that they are being taken (6)_____________ of by the universities and that they aren’t getting what they pay for. The anger from students is part of a larger problem regarding the cost of university in the UK. With COVID, the problem seems to have reached a boiling point.

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?