Student Ben Berger told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "This is the university breaching my human right to fly the national flag of my country.
"The university have treated us with contempt. They originally told us we weren't allowed flags at all because flags might create an opportunity for violence.
"International students have chosen to come to this country so I don't think they will have a problem with the English flag."
Flags have been physically removed from halls of residence by university officials.
In a statement, the university said: "The university is saddened by this behaviour, but if somebody prefers petulance to common sense and give-and-take, the best thing to do is to leave them to wallow in that petulance and watch to see if they continue with that approach to life when they leave."