Students have claimed that a rave where around 200 people packed into a common room was the result of freshers brought together under ongoing lockdown restrictions.

The party took place in a hall accommodating Coventry University students, with a clip showing the crowd dancing to a drill song in contravention of Covid-19 restrictions.

The revellers are shown holding up mobile phones, with several people jumping on tables as Digga D’s song ‘Woi’ plays in the background.



Footage of a party involving up to 100 people in an indoor location has emerged at a time of Covid-19 restrictions

Meetings of more than six people are currently banned in indoor and outdoor settings under Government restrictions to allay the rapid increase in coronavirus cases.

The university and police are investigating the party, which ran into the early hours of Tuesday (September 29) at Arundel House, which is located in Whitefriars Lane, close to the university’s main campus. 

Reacting outside the hall, a third-year student said: “It’s interesting because it’s in my accommodation.

“It’s obviously dangerous but, at the same time, it is what it is.

“The first years are always going to be a little bit excitable.”



A clip from a party said to have taken place at a hall accommodating students in Coventry

However, another student gave a more disapproving reply.

He said: “To be honest it was inappropriate.

“I wasn’t there, and there was a reason for that.

“The message is simple, do it in your flats, not in the common room.”

A third-year student who could see the party from her room in Arundel House defended the revellers’ actions as she echoed ‘9k for what?’ protests made by students at other universities who feel they have paid fees only to be locked down in halls

 “I messaged my friend saying ‘are you hearing this?’ and we could see the party from our rooms, it went on for hours,” she said.  

“They were first-year students who have been told university will be this and be that and they are excited.

“You can’t just take hundreds of freshers and expect them to stick in their rooms or just go online. If the Government cared so much it wouldn’t have taken their money.

“We’ve paid 9k to be here as well as the maintenance loans, we don’t want to stay inside all night. I feel like protesting.”

The student’s views were reflected by several of her peers who also spoke outside the hall.

Another student told The Tab: “It’s not like things like this haven’t happened before – like there’s been rumours of underground boxing matches and s*** lol. It’s classic Cov.

“But I suppose now with corona restrictions and 10pm curfew students don’t have a chance here unless they mix within halls.” 

None of the students wanted to be named.

A spokesman for Coventry University said: “We are aware of an incident in a private accommodation block which was captured in a video that has been shared online. 

“We are deeply concerned by the scenes in the video and strongly condemn the blatant breaches of the rule of six and other guidelines as they risk the health of our students, colleagues and the communities in which we are located.”  

Coventry Police are examining CCTV with a view to taking action if evidence comes to light that the party had been planned.

A spokesman said: “We have liaised with management at the student accommodation block and they have agreed to close some communal areas and to increase security.”

NIDO, which runs Arundel House, has restricted all visitor to the building, closed communal areas and stepped up security, on top of its existing measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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