Will students be stranded in halls as flooding hits Aber?

STUDENTS still living in University accommodation at Aberystwyth University are at risk of being left high and dry in Aberystwyth after severe flooding has closed the railway line and major roads leading in and out of Aberystwyth. Although the licence period for halls ends at 10am tomorrow (Sunday), in the last few minutes the University have confirmed that students who are still in Aberystwyth will be guaranteed accommodation if they are unable to return home.

If you need to remain after 10am Sunday, call the Accomodation Office on 01970 622900 or call in at the Porter’s Lodge.

University bosses appear to be confident that the floodwaters will recede after high tide at noon today (Saturday), despite the fact that rivers do not reach their peak flow until some time after peak rainfall. In a statement, they said that they “anticipate the transport problems to have reduced” by 10.00am tomorrow morning (Sunday 10th), the end of the licence period.

One student who spoke to The Courier said the Uni were being “anything but accommodating”. He described being “allowed” to stay until 10am as “an outrage”.

“What happens in a possible instance if trains become totally cancelled and I’m forced to stay in Aber. I’d have nowhere to live. The university could be putting students health and well being at risk without any due thought or care. Thank you Mrs Vice Chancellor. Thank you very much”

  • Keep checking the Accommodation Office Facebook page for more information on the situation with halls.
  • Arriva Trains Wales hope to run trains to and from Aber tomorrow, but this is dependant on the weather. Check out National Rail for more information.
  • Article updated at 13:28 Saturday to reflect a further statement by the University that no student will be without accommodation.