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.
The walls of my student house are so thin I can hear when my neighbour gets a new message on Facebook
— Molly Harcombe (@mollyharc) April 23, 2015
2. And those stains that you see when you’re looking round don’t just disappear when you move in.
Perks of renting a student house: always wondering about the mystery stains on your carpet, so homey
— OK (@lmfaola) October 20, 2015
3. The furniture is extremely limited.
4. And nothing is ever where you expect it to be.
Boiler and water meter in the bedroom? Sure, why not.
5. You’ll replace frequent, early morning fire drills in halls with a constant battle against the smoke alarm every time you cook something.
wouldn't be a student house if the fire alarm didn't go off every time someone makes a bowl of cereal
— evan fang (@evanjfang) October 28, 2013
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.
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.
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.
9. The house will always be cold. Even in the summer.
Body heat will be the way forward.