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Stirling University Students Told to Find Accommodation in Glasgow

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Students that weren't allocated accommodation at Stirling University due to a shortage of beds, have been told they can instead stay in Glasgow, some 30 miles away.

Last week around 180 first year students were told they would not be given rooms due to a 20% rise in applications. However, the university has offered 70 of those students beds at accommodation located in Glasgow city centre.

University managers emailed students to offer them a bed at the £120 a week accommodation, saying: "We have been able to secure a room for you in purpose-built student accommodation located at Dobbies Point, Glasgow, which is a 10-minute walk from Queen Street train station".

"Dobbies Point provides modern, apartment living in a purpose-built student accommodation that you will be sharing with other University of Stirling students".

"There are frequent trains to and from Stirling, taking 30 to 40 minutes. We will provide you with a 16-25 Railcard entitling you to one-third off train fares."

The university acknowledged the inconvenience it has caused to students, but attributed the problem to a 19.8% year-on-year rise in demand for university accommodation.

The institution has invested £40 million in its student housing and now has 2,900 beds available from September 2017. However, they are still unable to guarantee accommodation due to the number of applications.