Protests at Prince William and Kate Middleton's former university as Lady Louise Windsor finishes first month on campus

Lady Louise Windsor is reading English at the University of St. Andrews, where the Prince and Princess of Wales famously met as students

Protests at William and Kate's former university as Lady Louise Windsor finishes first month on campus
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Lady Louise Windsor's university campus in Scotland saw protests this week, as demand for affordable housing at Prince William and Kate Middleton's alma mater reaches a crisis point.

  • Protests have taken place at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland over the lack of affordable accommodation, just a few weeks after Lady Louise Windsor began her studies at the prestigious institution. 
  • Around 400 students have been left without suitable accommodation ahead of their courses beginning, according to CASH (Campaign for Affordable Student Housing). 
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Protests at the University of St. Andrews have swept its campus this week, just a few weeks after Lady Louise Windsor enrolled at the prestigious Scotland institution to read English. 

The demonstrations are a response to the shortage of affordable accommodation in Fife, as monthly rates of rooms in the college town reach extortionate prices of up to £1,000. 

According to the march's organizers, Campaign for Affordable ­Student Housing (CASH), the staggering rents have left about 400 students without housing ahead of their courses beginning. Some of these students have reportedly dropped out, while others have gone to extreme measures to secure a room. 

"It is a pretty desperate situation," spokesperson Barry Will told the National. "The rents are phenomenal and there has been a real crisis. One student camped outside an estate agent for three days in an attempt to get ­somewhere and there are bedrooms being rented out for £1000 a month." 

The alarming news comes less than a month after Lady Louise Windsor's future for the next four years was revealed, with the 18-year-old's plans to study English at the University of St. Andrew's confirmed by Buckingham Palace on August 18. 

Lady Louise

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Fortunately for the only daughter of Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, finding accommodation is unlikely to be an issue at any point of her studies in Scotland. 

As a full-time Freshman, Lady Louise Windsor has been guaranteed a room in one of the university's numerous Halls of Residence for at least the first year of her undergraduate degree. Once she reaches her second year, she may be offered on-campus lodgings again (pending availability), or choose to live in private accommodation. 

The Prince and Princess of Wales famously met at the University of St. Andrews in 2001, after successfully landing places on the same Art History course at the elite institution. Kate and William also stayed in the same palatial university halls for their first year, before moving into a flatshare within walking distance of the college.

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