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Rising cost of living on Warwick campus

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Students across campus have noticed that the prices of goods have incrementally been rising this academic year. This appears to be in line with a general increase in the cost of living on campus.

For example, the cost of a cup of hot water used to be 30p and is now 50p, the price of purple has steadily been increasing, and the price of the all-day parking has gone up from £3.50 to £4.00.

On-campus food outlets also seem to have been particularly affected. According to the Warwick Student Unions’ website, the Bread Oven is “one of the best value-for-money lunches on-campus”.

However, students have noted that comparative to other mainstream outlets such as Tesco or Boots, campus food is still markedly more expensive.

Alex Velizorova, a third-year Law and Business student, commented: “Prices put me off but you just have to take what is handed to you. I just wish societies were free.”

For example, the cost of a cup of hot water used to be 30p and is now 50p, the price of purple has steadily been increasing, and the price of the all-day parking has gone up from £3.50 to £4.00.

Since the beginning of 2014, the Societies Federation fee has increased from £14 to £19.

To play a sport on-campus, you must pay £32.00 for sports federation student membership, then pay for Warwick Sport membership which varies depending on which level of membership you need, with Silver membership starting at £60 for 12 months. You then need to pay £6 to actually join a sports club.

Amy Samson, a third-year Chemistry student, went on to highlight how much of a predicament prices can be for students. She said: “what are you going to do? Not eat? Not do the activities you want to do? No, you are just going to be poor.”

A worker from the Dirty Duck, who wished to remain anonymous, commented that over her two years of employment, she has noticed a general increase in prices.

She told us: “The main one I have noticed is the burger and the pint deal we usually have used to be £6 but now is £6.50.”

Since the beginning of 2014, the Societies Federation fee has increased from £14 to £19.

The issue of pricing on campus has also been experienced by students who have just started the university, who may not necessarily have experienced the change in pricing.

Ruben Rai, a first-year History student, commented: “Prices are definitely more expensive on campus. This was a surprise when starting university”.

Savreet Virk, a first-year Philosophy and Psychology student, said: “Although the prices on campus have not affected me buying from the university, in the long-term I think I will be more careful with my spending.”

The Warwick University website provides a function to create a budget for the year. This is specifically geared towards international students. They advise that on average, students should budget £50 – £80 per week for food and general expenses.

Peter Dunn, Director of Press and Policy, has been contacted for a comment, and this article will be updated with his reply.

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