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Students Asked to Move Due to Safety Concerns

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King's College London is facing criticism after informing hundreds of students that they need to be relocated to alternative accommodation due to unspecified "fire safety concerns".

Letters were sent out this week to students living in halls located in the centre of the city, informing them that fire safety concerns had been identified.

Whilst no details were provided, students at the Maple block of residences where told investigations were needed at three other blocks including Beech, Oak and Rowan.

Students have been expressing their frustration at receiving the news at the start of a new term.

The news follows on from further criticism aimed at the university last year when hundreds of new undergraduates were turned away from accommodation due to double bookings.

A King's College London spokesperson said: "We have identified some potential fire safety concerns at Maple that need further investigation at these residences to understand the level of any risk and any remedial works. There has been no incident and we have robust existing fire safety provision in place, but in order to ensure that works can be carried out safely and efficiently we must move residents before we can start."

Students now face the decision of whether to move to alternative halls or rent privately.