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Thu 14 Apr 2016

Voldemort, Joffery, letting agents, landlords & how to stop them

As a former student myself, I completely understand the pressure that is placed on students to secure a home, and how this often leads to your fears being exploited by letting agencies and private landlords.

In my manifesto I promised to provide support for all students while they look for private accommodation. This February, with the help of the University, I hosted a housing day with aim to educate and support students with housing issues.

As a Union we’re here to help you get the tools you need to thrive while at University. For many of you, this will be the first time you live in private rented accommodation, and that comes with its own struggles.

As part of the event we hosted a drop in service on the main concourse, raising awareness about the services available in the University.

The support services are:

- Pollyanne Gouldthorpe (Private Housing Sector Advisor)

- Students 1st (For specific advice concerning a personal non-academic issue)

- Samuel Spencer – (VP Welfare and Community)

The housing workshop was a huge success. It was hosted in the Centre for Student Involvement and had an attendance of around 30. The Sabbatical Officers shared their experiences renting in the private sector and it was great that students felt comfortable to ask any questions that they had about renting.

The workshop covered:

- Searching for housing safely

- What types of accommodation are out there?

- Knowing your rights and responsibilities as tenants

- Understanding your contract

We were also joined by external organisations including Liberty Living, The Student Housing Company, Unilife and Endsleigh. They provided information to students who are looking for a new contract.

We would like to continue supporting students with housing, so if there are any workshops or relevant information that you would like us to provide then please email either myself ( or the Students’ Union (



Tue 15 Dec 2015

#CutTheCosts - MP Visit

We are pleased to announce that as a direct result of Tuesday’s #CutTheCosts Westminster lobby, a motion has been presented in Parliament against the scrapping of maintenance grants.
We joined Students’ Union’s from across the UK to lobby our local MPs to support the campaign, and we were grateful that Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test took the time to meet us and sign the pledge.
Maintenance grants offer fundamental financial support to thousands of students across the UK, and if they change to loans this will create a barrier for students wanting to access higher education.
The NUS want to stop the Government cuts to this core financial support, and we as a Union support them.
Solent University prides itself on recruiting students from widening participation backgrounds, and we believe that every student has a right to access education.
We will continue to work on the campaign and work with our politicians to take action to #CutTheCosts students face and tackle the growing crisis of student debt.
If anyone would like to get involved with our campaign then please contact one of your Sabbatical Officers.
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Mon 30 Nov 2015

Got A Mouse In Your House Or A Slug In Your Mug?

I'm glad that title got your attention, now it's time to work together to tackle bad landlords and letting agents.

I’ve had some pretty bad experiences when it comes to renting a property, from having a mouldy bedroom to finding slugs in our living room!

It sounds pretty grim but there are so many things that I wish I’d been told before spending loads of money on admin fees and paying my deposit upfront.

Students can be seen as easy targets in all areas and when this comes to housing this is something that I want to change, and I believe I can but only with your help.

I have created a survey to gather a collection of anonymous student opinions which we can publish and distribute to empower students to make excellent choices.

It gives you the opportunity to ensure that your voice is heard, as I’m sure some of you are sick and tired of feeling pressured to sign a contract or are unsure about your rights as tenants.

My aim for this year is to support both home and international students, and I don’t want letting agents to make you panic and rush into signing anything because there are plenty of houses out there!

The dangerous combination of poor housing and letting agencies exploiting students needs to be addressed.

We understand that letting agencies need to make money, but you have a right to know what businesses do this ethically and those who sacrifice students safety and wellbeing in exchange for profit.

So let's get bitchin' about your kitchen or vent about your rent:


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Mon 27 Jul 2015

I Didn't Choose The Pug Life, The Pug Life Chose Me.

Hi! I’m Naomi, and I am so excited to be your President for another year!

After a tiring but fun week of campaigning back in March 2014, I stood on the stage in the SU bar unsure if I would be spending my next year representing Southampton Solent students. It was an overwhelming experience and I am still pinching myself at the thought that I have been trusted to run such a successful organisation.

I started my role in July last year and it has been a massive rollercoaster to say the least, but I have enjoyed every minute of it and I’d like to thank every single student that took the time to vote for me. I have spent the past year building strong relationships with the university to ensure that the student voice is heard, and I want to make sure your student experience is the best it can be.

Before I talk about what I aim to achieve this year, here’s a little bit about me…

I’m originally from London and moved to Essex when I was a teenager. I studied A-Levels in Media Studies, Performing Arts, Sociology and English Literature where I realised that I wanted to delve deeper into the world of media. After attending many open days, I realised the Media Culture and Production course at Solent seemed like the best one for me and the next thing I know I graduated with a First Class Honours!

During my three years at uni I was heavily involved with Radio Sonar, where I worked as the Station Manager. I loved being part of the Students’ Union and in the future I want to pursue a career in radio presenting.

Now you know a bit more about what I’ve done, here are some other facts about me…

I love jam on toast – strange I know, but I only tried it for the first time when I came to university! I love going on holiday and visiting new places, shopping, musicals, festivals and above all… I love PUGS!

This year, my keys aims are to:

  • Get rid of those additional course costs - allowing you to print, buy materials, software and hire graduation gowns at a discounted price.
  • Create a participation fund - I want to provide you with extra-curricular activities for free, allowing you to make the most out of your time at university. I want to work towards providing you with free course related trips, recreational activities, training and skills workshops and alternative events in the SU bar.
  • Improve Warsash - Last year I spent a lot of time building a strong relationship between Warsash and the Union by running events and getting to know them. This year I want to focus on solving the major issues they face such as better food, accommodation and transport links.
  • Get you employed after university - By strengthening relations between the U nion and business leaders, I want to help find students better work placements, internships and employment opportunities.
  • Housing - Don’t get pressured into securing a home, this can lead to exploitation from your landlord, which can put you in a tricky situation. I want to support both international and home students who are looking for housing by providing them with the right advice.

The Sabbs and I have an open door policy, so if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to pop by and have a chat or even send me a tweet at @solentpresident. Thanks for reading and have a good summer. See you in September!



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