There have been pledges of support for Lincoln students who have been unable to move into their accommodation because it isn’t ready yet.

The architects impression of the development. Photo: University of Lincoln.

Despite being planned for the start of the new academic year, the 179 High Street development wasn’t ready in time for Fresher’s Week and has now been ‘significantly’ delayed.

In a statement, a University of Lincoln spokesperson said: “Our students have already been given alternative accommodation in a nearby hall of residence and we will continue to offer this to the affected students.

“The University is disappointed that our students have been placed in this position. We are interceding on behalf of our students to resolve the issue and to support them.

“We can confirm that no student will pay more than they had contracted to and we have offered compensation to all the students including a 3 week rent concession.

“The University will not tolerate our students moving into accommodation which is not complete. No students are being moved or will have to move. We have already housed affected students in high-standard purpose-built student accommodation which is now being made available for the duration of the year.

“Students will be fully supported by our team with whatever decision they wish to make.”

Cassie Coakley, the President of the University of Lincoln Students’ Union (SU), said:

“The Students’ Union recognise that this situation is beyond the control of the University and appreciate that they have kept us informed through the process of the development.

“These communications lines have allowed us to work closely and we are happy that the University has always put students at the forefront of its decision making through the development.

“We know how disappointed the University are with this situation. We are aware this news will affect a number of students on-campus, and we would like to reassure those students that we are here to support them, as our members, through this process.”