The Union should stop allowing 'luxury student accommodation' companies to advertise in the union building

Passed: May 2019 (13th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

Vita Student is a private student accommodation provider. It lets rooms to students at an exorbitant cost of £144 per week. This is bad enough. But the full story is worse.

Vita Student actually sells the ‘freeholds’ (i.e. the ownership) to each room in its buildings to private companies. Many of these private companies are based overseas. Vita Student therefore allows offshore companies to make huge profits from students whilst minimising their tax liability in the UK.

Yet Leeds University Union is in partnership with Vita Student: allowing it to advertise to students in our union building. We are better than this.

As a strong union of students, we should be standing up to the privatisation of student accommodation; not tacitly endorsing it by taking its advertising money and allowing it access to our union building.

In partnering with companies like Vita Student, Leeds University Union risks undermining a long and successful history of student-led campaigning on affordable housing. As current students, we can - and should - put an end to it.

Expires: May 2022 (13th)

Submitted By: Antony Haddley

Officer: Union Affairs

Area of Work: Advertising

Updates

June 2019: Success, the External Organisations Policy has been updated!

June 2019: PET met with Director of Digital and members of Marketing Team to discuss this, the likelihood is that this will be reflected in LUU's External Organisations Policy.

May 2019: New Policy