Students fight hotel plans at University of Sheffield

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Students at the University of Sheffield have started a petition to stop accommodation from becoming a hotel.

Jonas Court is currently a catered student accommodation building in Endcliffe student village in Broomhill but there are discussions about the possibility of it becoming a hotel.

The University of Sheffield could also decide to refurbish the building and keep its existing self-catered facilities or to turn it into self-catered accommodation.

Adam Hanrahan, aged 20, who set up the online petition said: “The university is going in the wrong direction with this.

“They should be building more housing not reducing it as more and more students are coming to the University.”

Students that would have lived in Jonas Court in Endcliffe village would be moved into city centre accommodation but Adam is against this.

He said: Endcliffe has such a community spirit. We already have Halifax House as a hotel but apparently this would be a lower budget one.

“It’s not fair that students should bear the brunt of this. City accommodation has a lack of community spirit.

“Endcliffe is still relatively new compared to other universities and has a bar.

“We have to ask where does it stop, this could be the thin end of the wedge.”

Adam plans to take the petiton to the Univeristy and said: “I hope they listen to what the students think and take this on board.”