It seems to me that accommodation costs may well be the next big issue for students in HE - given the increasing costs, and increasing profit for commercial providers. This has been covered quite well in the Guardian and other media recently. The Guardian has now covered another side of the issue - the effects on communities of housing being taken over for student housing. While there is some anti-student hype - I think there is a real issue here which adds to the complexity of any political action.
Nothing new here of course - the development of universities has a history of town-gown riots and issues going back to the start .