Somewhere to call home

16th November 2012

Here’s a few questions for you to consider:

  • Do you like paying over ยฃ140 for a TV licence and not actually being able to watch the TV because the signal is so awful?
  • Do you like having a smelly drain in your shower because everyone else’s dirty water travels through your pipes?
  • Do you like being woken up at 5am by drunk people banging on your door/window?
  • Do you like living in fear of someone else eating your expensive cheese?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then student accommodation is for you! You are also odd and needย psychological help. :S

If you answered ‘no’ to all of these questions then congratulations, you are human, and I suggest you avoid student accommodation at all costs. ๐Ÿ™‚

I know it’s one of those things that you should experience but I’ve completed a couple of months now and I’d rather like to escape.

My flat mates are great. I really can’t complain. The cheese situation is just my paranoid brain (I like my expensive cheese). It’s everything else that is a problem.

Personally I think that my flat could not be in a worse location in terms of the whole accommodation building. I am right next to the main door for the block which means I can hear people banging the door at all hours in the morning. Also, if someone forgets their key, they think banging on the door as hard as they can will get some attention. Yes, you woke me up, and that is a good enough reason for me to leave you outside.

As well as this, I am on the ground floor, which seems to mean that everyone else’s bathroom waste travels to my room. As a result my bathroom stinks. I am cleaning it everyday but I know it’s not me. I went to reception to complain and the maintenance man said “Well, if you don’t use your shower often…” ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Woah, woah, woah. He might as well have called me a smelly bitch. I was not best pleased. I told him that I showered everyday and the smell was occurring all of the time. Fair enough, he came to my flat and put something down the drain to prevent the smell. It lasted all of, what, 2 hours?

I also complained about my TV connection and my lack of signal. I know there is a problem with the aerial socket in the wall, which I explained to the maintenance man. My dad had a look at it, and although he probably could have fixed it by replacing the socket, I told him not too as I didn’t want to get charged for tampering with it. Anyway, the maintenance man told me it was my TV. Oh yeah, my brand new TV which is obviously faulty. Seriously?! I’m paying a lot of money to live here, I want my moneys worth.

A couple of days a go we received magazines about student accommodation for next year. There were pages and pages of flats and houses for you to share with other people. Unfortunately they either looked like prisons, were situated above a McDonald’s or were so far out of town they might as well have been in Manchester.

You could say I’m picky. You could say my standards are too high. You’d be right. But at the end of the day this is my money, and if I can get something that is better value for my money then I will. All I really want is a good night sleep, a sweet smelling bathroom and some TV signal so I can watch ‘I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here’. ๐Ÿ˜›

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  1. HA! That cheese thing? HAPPENED TO ME! Cheese is really expensive here in NZ, I usually don’t buy pre-cut slices (REAL cheese, not processed gross cheese) but I was on a diet and had to start making lunches at home. So I bought a little pack of 10 slices of cheese for $7. (That’s expensive here!). A few days later, I went to make a sandwhich, and I HAD NO CHEESE! I was so angry, I wrote a note on the fridge. NOONE owned up to it. ๐Ÿ™

    I hated student accom. I lived in a hall, on the top floor with the RA. We each had seperate rooms, but shared a bathroom. Because I lived on the floor with the RA, and in the international hall (Not sure why I was placed there!) EVERY NIGHT people would come up banging and talking loudly and singing and just being drunk obnoxious dicks.

    Have you ever heard that Americans are obnoxious egg heads? While there are some lovely people in America, the internationals that stayed at my halls where about as steriotypical American as you could get. It was HORRIBLE.

    So I totally feel your pain. Next year I’m flatting with a nice guy I meet in my hall who’s very Christian and therefore doesn’t party like an animal all day every day. :L I’m a little sad I won’t be able to roll out of bed 30 minutes before class, but at lest I’ll be able to sleep!

  2. Cat

    That sucks about all the problems you’re having with the student accommodations, especially the smell in the bathroom ๐Ÿ™ Your maintenance guys don’t sound helpful at all! I don’t think your standards are too high. If you pay for something, it should work!

    I lived in the student dorms for a couple years, and I had a lot of problems with noise. I wasn’t even near the entrance. The walls were just too thin, and people talked loudly or played music too loud. Things were definitely better once we moved off campus and into an apartment.

    I hope they’ll eventually do something about your TV and bathroom problem!

  3. I totally feel for you. I don’t think my university housing will be near as bad. I wish I could bring you over here. ๐Ÿ˜€

    I guess they don’t have a very high priority on the ‘perfect experience.’ But if washing in clean water that won’t make you catch a disease isn’t right to ask for, well than you don’t want to be right. ๐Ÿ™‚

    How are your studies going?

  4. Holly, hello! :)) I’m so sorry I haven’t dropped by in a while… but you know I’ve been on Twitter and I’ve been busy and stressed myself – no doubt you know how university life is as well.

    I haven’t ever once thought about student accommodation because I live just an hour away so it makes more sense to commute. Some people commute two hours and I just don’t understand why they don’t get accommodation. That said, I have heard how much it can really suck.

    It sounds like you’re in a really shitty flat. ๐Ÿ˜ I would be pretty angry about that. It’s nice the guy actually did something and didn’t just cut you off, but it sounds like a more serious issue if the smell is constantly there. You should expect to get good value for your money and if you’re not, there is definitely reason to complain. ๐Ÿ™

    I hope something gets done about the condition of the accommodation. I am sure your flatmates feel the same way, and you know that more people having the same opinion can be useful… good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope you’re well! xx