Clayhill students outraged at the announcement of key charges when getting locked out of their flats

By Aneesa Anwar

Clayhill residents are outraged and confused after the announcement that they will now be charged £10 plus an admin fee for locking themselves out of their rooms or flats.

It has come as a surprise since all the doors in Clayhill lock automatically meaning keys must be taken with residents at all times but can easily be forgotten.

Clayhill resident and chemistry student Inga Tymczuk said: “I think the charge is horrible, I’m super paranoid about locking myself out and have to check my pockets five times before I leave because I don’t want to get charged.”

Although the key charge is in fact in the Clayhill contract, they were not made clear or even mentioned until after the Christmas holidays when signs were then put on the front doors of flats alerting residents of the changes.

Drama student and Clayhill resident Zoe Divers said: “I think we should have all read over the contract in more detail prior to moving in but it also should have been emphasised by staff when we first moved in.”

When asked, the receptionists said that the charge was in fact in the contract, however refused to make any further comments on the issue.

Pharmacy student and Clayhill resident Isaac Haynes said: “I’ve been locked out a few times but I’ve never been charged, unless it comes out of your deposit (£300) immediately but I’m not sure if it does.”

Many students who have been locked out since the charge was introduced have been unsure whether they have actually been charged leading to further anger and confusion.

Resident Amelia Mae said: “They are trying to find anyway to drain money from our pockets and they had seen there was a high influx in the number of lockouts so they decided to use it as a money making scheme.”

Five tips to help you juggle work and university life

By Aneesa Anwar 

Financially, university life can be difficult for students. With high rents to pay, food to buy, laundry to do and the cost of socialising, money is often tight regardless of how much your student loan is.

For Kingston students it’s even more difficult as we live in one of the most expensive areas in the country. Sometimes student loans barely even cover living costs.

Many students at Kingston work part time jobs to keep up with the financial demands of living in the most expensive city in the UK.

However it is not always easy to juggle your university work with your part time job.

We’ve compiled a list of five things that will help you manage your jobs and your studies without stressing.

  1. Make sure you aren’t working to many hours.

Working extra time often means a bigger pay check at the end of the month which can be appealing. However working too many hours can leave you feeling tired and unmotivated when it comes to university work. Make sure you are working a maximum of 10-15 hours a week to insure you are keeping up with all your uni work. The results will pay off in the long term!

  1. Plan ahead

When you know you will be working over weekends or late night shifts make sure you plan ahead and get all your work done for the week or the day to make sure you don’t miss any assignment deadlines. That way you will be able to work without the stress of uni hanging over your head.

  1. Cook meals in advance

After a full day of work or uni the last thing you want to do is come home and cook. Instead of resorting to unhealthy meals or takeaways, cook meals in advance on your days off and freeze them. This way you will be able to heat up meals quickly and with minimal effort whilst still eating healthy.

  1. Avoid working too many late shifts

Late shifts sometimes pay more and can often be very appealing to a struggling student. However late night shifts, especially on uni nights, can often lead to you being exhausted and unmotivated to go to uni and complete assignments. Keeping night shifts to a minimum will allow you to get the sleep you need and have enough energy to keep up with both work and studying.

  1. Don’t forget to socialise

Working and studying usually leaves you with little time to do anything else. It is important to maintain a healthy social life and see friends and family. Having one or two days off a week is recommended for you to balance all three aspects of your life whilst also living comfortably, getting all your studying done and getting the full university experience.