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15 Things No One Ever Tells First Years About Student Houses

For first years who are about to embark on the hunt for a second year house, the prospect of living in a proper house with people you’ve actually chosen to live with seems like heaven. But here are a few home truths about living in a student house that everyone forgets to mention when you’re house-hunting.

1. The walls are always paper thin.

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2. And those stains that you see when you’re looking round don’t just disappear when you move in.

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3. The furniture is extremely limited.

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4. And nothing is ever where you expect it to be.

Boiler and water meter in the bedroom? Sure, why not.

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5. You’ll replace frequent, early morning fire drills in halls with a constant battle against the smoke alarm every time you cook something.

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6. And you’ll never escape from the mould.

If you don’t find it when you view the house, it will undoubtedly find you once you’ve moved in.

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7. No matter how well you think you know and love the people you’ll be living with, someone will always be much weirder than you anticipate.

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8. But one thing’s for sure, you will all be as unwilling as each other to take on responsibility for house bills and cleaning.

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9. The house will always be cold. Even in the summer.

Body heat will be the way forward.

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10. And you’ll find no more peace and quiet than you found in halls. But in a good way. Most of the time.

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11. There are no such things as secrets in student houses.

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12. And no rules either. 

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13. No matter how great they seem at first, you’ll never be able to get in touch with your landlord when you need them.

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14. So you quickly become an expert at using almost-broken, potentially dangerous appliances in the safest way possible.

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15. Most of all, though, you’ll never, ever want to leave.

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