Student accommodation wristband scheme criticised for being ‘patronising’

A new scheme introduced by student housing company Campus Living Villages has received criticism for being ‘patronising’ to students.

Campus Living Villages provides student accommodation at universities across London and other parks of the UK.

For this coming term, they’ve introduced wristbands for students to wear on nights out, stating the name and postcode of their halls of residence. The company claims the initiative has been designed to help taxi drivers deal with passengers who have had too much to drink.

So far they’ve handed out 13,000 of the brightly coloured rubber bands to the new influx of first year university students enjoying Fresher’s Week – but not everyone is so impressed with the idea, with some university professors at the establishments in question criticising the scheme for molly-coddling students, when they are already adults themselves.

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‘It’s a bit like putting collars on dogs or cats,’ Frank Furedi, a Professor of Sociology and the University of Kent, said to the Daily Telegraph. ‘It’s perfectly alright for five or six-year-olds, but when you treat young men and women like that you’re assuming they are children who need to be subjected to this intense level of paternalism.’

‘There’s this assumption that if you get drunk, that’s an irredeemable problem and you’re going to be damaged for life. It’s a normal part of growing up – they should really just chill out and leave students to get on with stuff.’

However, the CEO of Campus Living Villages told the paper: ‘We want our students to enjoy the time they spend within the cities and towns they are living in, safely and responsibly. It’s important to us to do whatever we can to further ensure the safety and wellbeing of our own residents as soon as they walk through our doors to the end of the academic year.’

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‘We believe these festival-inspired wristbands will go some way to ensuring that safety and reduce any concerns for our residents as well as help foster a spirit of community we strive for in every one of our villages.’

Autumn terms at university typically begin at the end of September, with first year students moving into halls and beginning induction lectures a week or two ahead of the rest of school.

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