Full-time residents of England’s university towns and cities fear a rise in coronavirus cases as students return, suggests a survey for the University and College Union.
The union has previously urged universities to scrap face-to-face teaching until Christmas.
Its general secretary Jo Grady said the poll proved the union was right to call for online learning to be the default.
Universities have said steps are being taken to minimise risks on campuses.
Survation polled 1,012 people living in 25 towns and cities with large student populations. These included Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle and Leicester where increased lockdown restrictions have been put in place.
More than half (57%) believed the return of students would result in extra restrictions.
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