We wanted you to be aware that essential repairs and improvement works, are scheduled to take place on a number of blocks located at both our Lafrowda and Birks Grange Village residences during the 2017/18 academic year. Please keep an eye on our website for full details and the latest updates. Please see below for a breakdown of what is happening:
What’s going to be happening?
There are two main categories of works planned:
- Updating the exterior of the building
- Refreshing shower room flooring
The planned works will not affect the operation of the accommodation, which remain safe, fully functioning and able to be occupied. The works will be planned carefully to ensure the impact is as minimal as possible for those residents in the affected blocks.
Weekly updates will be provided if you live in an affected block and points of contact will be available to handle any concerns you may have whilst the works are taking place.
Reducing rents for block affected by the works
We will make every effort to reduce the disruption of these works; however we will include a rent reduction (subject to works taking place) to acknowledge the fact that these works will inevitably have an impact on any students living in these residences in 2017/18.
Rental reductions will be available for:
- Students who have works taking place to the exterior of the block they live in
- Students who need to move out of their flats to allow shower room works to be completed (more information online)
Please note blocks in close proximity will not be eligible for a rent reduction.
How do I apply to live in, or not live in an affected block?
When applying for accommodation you will have the opportunity to specify if you would consider living in an area where works are planned.
We advise students to check their accommodation offer carefully, at which point you will know if you have been offered a room where works are taking place, and the level of rent reduction you would receive. The information provided on our website will be updated so that you can check the detail of works planned for your allocated accommodation. Please consider all information carefully before accepting your offer.
We are seeking to provide you with as much detail as we are able to at this moment, however this could be changed by events outside the University’s control. For the avoidance of any doubt, the refund associated with the disruption will only be payable if the works proceed.
University of Exeter Communications Team – Campus Services