A third of UK students have gone without any heating or running water in their accommodation, a survey has been proposed. The condition of accommodation is among a list of the 10 greatest worries among youth tenants, the survey of 2,196 students by website Save the Student has declared.
Nevertheless, noisy housemates remain the greatest issue, in correspondence to the research findings. The annual survey also highlights worries about the cost of living away from home. Statistics imply that the upfront costs, including fees, deposit, and a month’s rent in advance, total to an average of £970 per student.
The mean rent is around £125 every week, of which parents contribute an average of £44. One out of five students gets more than £100 per week from their parents in order to help cover their expenses.
Two out of every five students who participated in the study had been found to owe overdrafts, loans, and credit cards debts in the struggle to pay their rental bill, Save the Student claimed.
Past research by the student housing charity Unipol and the National Union of Students proposed that the normal cost of student accommodation in the UK had ascended by almost a third in six years. About 30% of those approached had begun to search for the following academic year’s lodgings by November, trying to locate a better deal and to spread the expense after some time.
In addition to the cost, poor conditions in student accommodation were a major concern. One student in Portsmouth said that on the day she moved in there was no front door on the property and there was no heating for two months. Another student in Newcastle said she had no hot water for the whole year.
“I needed to heat up the kettle and fill the sink, so I would wash my face,” she said.
Damp, lack of water or warming, disruptive structure work, and pests were all highlighted in the top 10 list of complaints, as per the Save the Student overview.