University defends grad rent increase

A spokesman for Oxford University has defended the university’s decision to increase graduate rent by 5.8% next academic year. Speaking to The Oxford Student, he said that “inflation at 4% and an increase of 1.8% per annum … to reflect depreciation costs” were the reason for the hike. Moreover, he implied that further rent increases […]

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In defence of living out

As the Hilary house hunting havoc gets underway, it’s hard to avoid the horror stories surrounding living out. Cold, damp rooms; insect infestations; and exploitative landlords are just a few things which you will be told about by cackling finalist who have returned to college. While these pitfalls are out there, living out doesn’t have […]

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RENT – A Review

One might think that Rent, a musical primarily about AIDs victims and starving artists in ‘90s New York City, is a drama worlds away from the dreaming spires. Yet after witnessing this world recreated on Wednesday night at the Oxford Playhouse, audience members streamed out, excitedly discussing its passion and energy. I had high expectations; […]

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RENT – A Preview

Loosely based on Puccini’s opera ‘La Bohème’, RENT is an intense musical, set in the gritty deprivation of 80s New York. Larson’s lyrics convey a diverse array of emotions and hard hitting issues such as AIDS, addiction, poverty and the deaths of loved ones: it’s a lot to take on. But the sheer energy on […]

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