4 things wrong with every student house

Renting your first student house can be a baptism of fire. Everything breaks, it’s always cold (despite you paying a fortune for gas and electricity), and your food disappears faster than your loan.

1.One of the first problems you’ll encounter is always figuring out the heating controls. Let’s be honest, your house is never going to have double glazing or super-efficient heaters, so you’re going to want to find the little cupboard where the boiler is hidden and set the timer before you freeze to death.

2. The second problem? Something is always broken. It doesn’t matter what it is, just know that your landlord is going to take a good two months to actually deal with it. Hopefully, it won’t be your shower or oven or something. If it’s something that could be dangerous or cause a fire, make sure you let your agent/landlord know so that hopefully they take it more seriously.

3. Spiders are the third. Some people don’t mind them, but if you’re like me and practically a squalling infant when they emerge with their horrible hairy legs, then you’re going to want to have a glass or newspaper handy. Not only will they be seeking warmth because of the colder months, but because the house probably hasn’t been lived in for a couple of months it’s the perfect place for them.

4. The fourth problem? Noise. Students have never been known for their early nights and living in a student area means parties, loud pop music until midnight and screaming and laughing around four in the morning when everyone gets back from the club. I’ve also suffered from a neighbour who played music through the stereo in his car to drunkenly serenade his ex-girlfriend at three in the morning, so be on the lookout for that too!

Stephanie Bennett

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