Can students be trusted?

(37 Posts)
Snowy00 Mon 25-Jul-16 18:11:59

DD is planning to go to university this autumn. Do you think she can trust people with stuff left in a hall of residence communal fridge? She has problem periods - very bad nausea - and the only thing that seems to help (apart from ginger essential oil) is Floradix, which has to be kept in the fridge. I think drunk students would be likely to swig from the bottle - or worse! I want to get her a small fridge for her room but the rest of the family think I'm being ridiculous.

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RebelRogue Mon 25-Jul-16 18:21:25

Does she want a small fridge? Family can go stuff themselves as long as both you and dd are happy with this solution and it gives you both peace of mind.

NerrSnerr Mon 25-Jul-16 18:21:26

I don't think liquid vitamin is the drug of choice for most students so I reckon it'll be fine In the communal fridge. When you say worse than swig it out the bottle what do you think they'll do? Your daughter will be one of these students in September- do you think she'd be trusted not to swig something similar that someone else may have in the fridge.

goinggetstough Mon 25-Jul-16 18:24:50

Not all halls of residence allow small fridges in individual rooms. So you may need to check.

Lemonwords Mon 25-Jul-16 18:24:56

Get her a mini fridge.

Lilaclily Mon 25-Jul-16 18:28:02

No one will nick liquid vitamins

CurlsLDN Mon 25-Jul-16 18:30:54

I also doubt anyone would be interested in her vitamins, however if my mum had wanted to get me a mini fridge when I was at uni id have loved it! I'd have kept alcohol in there, and also milk so I could have cereal and a cuppa in my room before facing everyone (and their mates) in the communal kitchen.

However I do think there were some rules on which electrical items were allowed in rooms, so check with the uni


mumeeee Mon 25-Jul-16 18:32:28

I have found that a lot of universities don't allow students to have mini fridges in their rooms in halls. My 3 DDs have been to 3 different universities and non of them were allowed mini fridges.
They didn't have any trouble with leaving stuff in communial fridges. Stuff like milk they used to take turns in buying and anything that was just for them they put their names on

AnchorDownDeepBreath Mon 25-Jul-16 18:32:53

Mini fridges are banned in most student accommodation. Some unis let you rent one from them that has been assessed and approved.

Floradix will be fine, though. Drunk students don't tend to raid communal fridges.

WoahSlowDown Mon 25-Jul-16 18:46:13

You can get fridge safes - John Lewis sold them last year.

My kids experience is that you can't trust students in shared Uni accommodation even if they are nice.

One of my DC used to add due to his milk in the hope people wouldn't nick it.

hugoagogo Mon 25-Jul-16 18:49:43

You can get floradix in tablet form that doesn't need to be kept in the fridge.

WoahSlowDown Mon 25-Jul-16 18:54:49

Dye not due

BackforGood Mon 25-Jul-16 19:05:56

You have an odd idea of students hmm

IME, as so many others have said, you aren't allowed fridges in rooms, so ask first

PUGaLUGS Mon 25-Jul-16 19:09:30

You are over thinking it. My son has just completed his first year in a flat with four other students with a communal fridge. They all had their own shelf and no one pinched anyone else's stuff. They all shared buying bread, milk, squash, butter and dishwasher tablets but anything else that was bought wasn't touched by another student.

He is now sharing a house with 7 others.

As others have said a mini fridge will not be allowed. Flat inspections happen pretty regularly.

NellyMelly Mon 25-Jul-16 19:10:26

Call the Hall of residence and see what they suggest. There will be people with sports nutrition and such like that needs a fridge

junebirthdaygirl Mon 25-Jul-16 19:25:36

I used to ask my ds did they ever touch each others food. He said never. And we're talking fairly wild strapping lads who were eternally hungry. Its like scouts honour or something. So l wouldn't worry. Always expect the best. Most kids are fine.

Snowy00 Mon 25-Jul-16 20:10:44

Thanks everyone, that's really useful. Will probably try the tablets, so no need for a fridge - although think the fridge safe looks great!

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ICantFindAFreeNickName2 Mon 25-Jul-16 20:32:05

Although most student halls don't normally allow mini fridges, I think they will make exceptions for medical needs. Your dd should try talking to student services to find out.

Pauperback Mon 25-Jul-16 20:34:50

Frankly - I say this as a Floradix user myself - if her flat mates taste or even smell it once, no one will ever touch it again, even if its wearing a label that says DRINK ME!!!

Snowy00 Mon 25-Jul-16 21:04:13


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hugoagogo Mon 25-Jul-16 21:31:54

Weird, I think it's delish- like a cross between grape juice and corvonia. grin

mumeeee Mon 25-Jul-16 22:20:58

All 3 of my DDs have found that students in their halls could be trusted. They also looked out for each other

goingmadinthecountry Mon 25-Jul-16 22:25:39

As a 52 yo that fridge safe would bring the worst out in me, though I'd never touch anyone else's vitamins in normal circumstances. It just yells pick on me. And I'm a nice person.
My dcs lost the odd teabag but that was about it.

WoahSlowDown Mon 25-Jul-16 23:13:38

My dc who had thieving flat mates only had them in the first year uni halls where there were a lot of DC in each flat. One of my DC shared a kitchen with 11 other student nearly all of them were nice except for the thieving one!

In their second years they haven't had any problems as they were living with friends.

bananapeanut Mon 25-Jul-16 23:16:43

Speaking as a student, don't trust fridges in halls

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