Sports supporters seek refuge in student accommodation

When it comes to room sharing, even organisers of the European Champions League see the benefits espoused by us here at
The international consortium have managed to secure a deal with academic institutions overseas in order to save football fans having to fork out a fortune for over-priced hotel rooms.
Instead of staying in two or three star establishments, rugby fans are getting their heads down in student halls of residence. Followers of the Three Lions are refusing to spend a fortune on accommodation for the games with France, Sweden and Ukraine. So organisers have arranged for them to stay in student accommodation in Donetsk and Kiev Universities instead – where the supporters will only have to fork out £30 a night compared with up to £1000 overnight (which is what for one particular hotel in Donetsk is charging).
Supporters will have to share living rooms, toilets and shower rooms but see this as hardly a discomfort considering they will be out most of the time and are, after all, saving so much money when it comes to sleeping arrangements.
David Taylor, chief executive of Uefa Events, said: “Hotels are playing with fire. It is inevitable, to an extent. People want to see what they can get out of the situation but prices can be counter-productive and, to be honest, some of them are really quite ridiculous.”
Meanwhile prices in London have increased by up to 695 per cent for some properties over the summer months thanks to the Olympic Games which takes place between 27 July and 12 August and the Paralympic Games from 29 August to 9 September. Lettings agency Hamptons predict property in Central London will increase by between 50 and 240 per cent during the Games. The Japanese team, who are staying in Mayfair, are expected to be paying £4,221 for a two bedroom apartment.
Michael Brown, MD of said: “With such high demand for housing and accommodation in London this summer it’s no wonder so many homeowners are thinking of going abroad on holiday or going off to stay with relatives and letting out their properties for the first time ever.
“Many existing landlords too have put clauses into their short assured lets where tenants have to move out for the duration of the Games as they’ll be able to charge around three times as much to supporters of the Games. That’s why we’re saying to anyone who has a spare room or a property with several rooms to get in touch and we’ll happily provide a free evaluation.”
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