UCSD's housing department says they have to increase rents after already accumulating nearly $30 million in debt.
SAN DIEGO — Graduate students at UCSD are pushing back against rent hikes for campus apartments. They say some of the hikes are nearly double what the current rental fees are now.
Many of the graduate students said it’s simply unfair that the rents are going up because they’re already struggling, but the school's housing department said they don’t have another choice.
“Many of us are still rent-burdened. Most grad students pay well over 30% of their rent every month,” said Zach, a UCSD Ph.D. student.
Some graduate students at UCSD said they’re frustrated by the rent increases the university’s housing department will soon implement at campus apartments.
“Anyone who moves in after July 1, according to the original plan, they’re going to see between a 30 and 82% rent increase. I think the average is around 42%. That’s just unacceptable to …