UC San Diego graduate students protest upcoming rent hikes for campus housing. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

Rents for UC San Diego graduate and professional students who live on campus are about to go up. The cost of one type of unit is expected to nearly double later this year.

The university’s housing department said the hike is needed to offset ongoing debts. Administrators contend that rents had been well below market value for years and they’ve portrayed it as an unfortunate but necessary correction because housing services are supposed to be self-sustaining.

Sofia Mejias Pascoe reports that students and faculty are now pushing back.

Over 500 students living in campus housing have pledged to withhold their rent until the university concedes. Organizers contend that the university created a problem where one previously didn’t exist, setting aside the values of the campus at the expense of growth.

They also argue that the university’s low rents have been a draw for many graduate students and that the increase will make it harder for researchers from lower-income backgrounds to commit to attending. 

Student workers unions across the UC have also been fighting over the past year for a cost-of-living adjustment

Who Was in School the Past Year

The Union-Tribune took stock of how students across the county spent their time over the last year, and found that while there were wide variations, “generally districts that serve few low-income students provided the most in-person instruction time, while districts that had a majority of low-income students spent the most time in distance learning.”

The data drives home many existing fears about the ways in which the pandemic is exacerbating the achievement gap.

Meanwhile, more Poway schools are reopening Monday, NBC San Diego reports.

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