Student rented houses have changed SO SO much ....

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Ta1kinPeece Mon 11-Sep-17 21:08:38

I moved DD into her 2nd year rented house today.

Landlords had put in new kettle, toaster, mattress covers, vacuum cleaner, hard floor cleaner
washing machine, fridge and mattresses are less than two years old
outside smoking area and bike locks are provided

its all so CLEAN and CIVILISED

I was a student in the 80's
when did it change from the Young Ones to Friends ?

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Crumbs1 Mon 11-Sep-17 21:14:53

Yes - although range is wide. One daughter ended up in a room so damp,there were slugs. Two at university at moment have very nice shared houses with double ensuite rooms, a huge kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine and drier, a bike store, big sitting room and nice garden. It comes at a price though.

BossWitch Mon 11-Sep-17 21:15:18

I don't like it! I was at uni from 2003 - 7 and it's already changed loads since then. Now it seems to be really common (in Leeds anyway) for the rental contract to be "all inclusive" so you just pay one (massive) lump sum to the landlord and they take care of paying utilities, internet etc. Plus they're all set up with huge wall mounted flat screens and leather sofas and the like. It was much more basic when I was a student!

Civilsoot Mon 11-Sep-17 21:16:51

When they started charging £££ for a university education. I think going to uni is seen as a luxury now. You're paying £9k a year, you want and expect more for that money.

shushpenfold Mon 11-Sep-17 21:18:31

Lol! I remember being in Scotland with no heating. We thought that a toaster was a 'mod con'.

PixieChemist Mon 11-Sep-17 21:18:57

I don't think it's changed every where. It was a dump in some of the places I looked at and stayed in (think damp and mice) as a student not so long ago and then some places I looked at were lovely. Also where I work we take on a placement student every year and hear very very mixed reviews about their accommodation.

I'm so glad your DD is staying somewhere nice though, It can make such a big difference.

hungrytillater Mon 11-Sep-17 21:19:35

I was at uni in the 90's and lived in a variety of dodgy terraced houses. It was all part of growing up and learning to.cope. I don't really like the whole modern flat set up.


elephantoverthehill Mon 11-Sep-17 21:20:44

My DS is just moving out of his second year let. It's a good, solid, 1950s ex council house, but very much like a 1980s student let. Shower cubicle in one of the bedrooms, tiny kitchen and original wall paper peeling off the walls! He liked the location though. I hope the next place is better.

JWrecks Mon 11-Sep-17 21:20:59

when did it change from the Young Ones to Friends ?

haha that line made me LOL IRL smile

AtiaoftheJulii Mon 11-Sep-17 21:23:26

Definitely doesn't sound like dd1's second and third year houses, which are reassuringly familiar in their rundown-ness grin Dd2's second year house looks nice in photos though, looking forward to seeing it next week. No huge leather sofas or flat screen TVs in either!

Ta1kinPeece Mon 11-Sep-17 21:23:59

her house has "a story" - the landlords were working there till 8am today !!!!!!

but when I was a student, the outside toilets on the victorian terraces were still in use
and yesterdays newspaper on a skewer was bog roll
and central heating was unheard of

now they stress over wifi and TRVs and microwaves

then again, checking out the hall this morning I kicked into not binning that mode so both DD and I have some new kitchenware wink

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elephantoverthehill Mon 11-Sep-17 21:25:34

The Young Ones was filmed in Bristol, not far from my school. I don't live there now but guess where DS is at university?

CantStandMeow Mon 11-Sep-17 21:27:15

Visit in a few months. I'm sure it'll be a lot more like you remember!

Ta1kinPeece Mon 11-Sep-17 21:36:26

Thing is that I've been a student landlord

The ones I rented to were a mixed bunch
but no way was I expected to provide ( mid 1990's) what they get now

let alone what I had a student 10 years before that

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BubblesBuddy Mon 11-Sep-17 21:40:54

An ex council house doesn't sound like a typical Bristol university house! My DD had a flat in Clifton and the landlord put in nearly everything the OP said plus a resident caretaker.

The fact that students are paying tuition fees, via a loan in most cases, appears to deter only a few from wanting decent living conditions and being prepared to pay for them! Also looking early enough to get a good house/flat is important. Leaving it late means choice has evaporated. Dds flat had loads of viewings lined up because the students get to know where decent properties are!

sparechange Mon 11-Sep-17 21:46:15

I used to live in, and own a house, in a student town

When I moved in with my then-boyfriend, I thought the easiest thing would be to rent my house to students.

Oh boy did I underestimate their standards! It was only 6 or 7 years after I had left uni but things had changed!
At viewings, they were turning it down on the basis of there not being a dishwasher, there only being 1 bathroom and 2 loos between 4 bedrooms, and no off street parking (the council only allowed 2 residents parking permits per house)

It was a far cry from us having 1 downstairs bathroom for 6 bedrooms, broken and mismatched furniture, and only occasional heating.

I ended up renting it to professional sharers who had no problem with the state of the house

Crispsheets Mon 11-Sep-17 21:47:36

My dd is in a dump. Horrific. Shares with 3 girls.. .2 couldn't afford any more rent.

elephantoverthehill Mon 11-Sep-17 21:56:54

Bubbles I guess it depends on whether your DC is at Bristol Uni or UWE grin.

BubblesBuddy Mon 11-Sep-17 22:05:24

Yes! You just said Bristol! Clifton isn't known for its ex council houses.

The level of rent will determine the quality of the house/flat. If a student really wants decent accommodation then having like minded friends with sufficient funds is imperative! DD found in 4th year that one girl limited choices, although the flat was ok, they could have had better if she had been willing to sacrifice 2 cappuccinos a week!

elephantoverthehill Mon 11-Sep-17 22:12:37

This year DS has done rather well through a bit of nepotism, in terms of accommodation. He was trying to be fiercely independent last year but has now realised extended family can be a major bonus.

karalime Mon 11-Sep-17 22:18:53

I graduated in 2014 and lived in shitholes, nice places to rent in Brighton were expensive.

allegretto Mon 11-Sep-17 22:24:22

Halls have changed too. We had one bathroom per corridor (12 students) and now it's all ensuite. Weirdly I can't remember ever having to queue.

Squirrills Tue 12-Sep-17 12:16:27

I think it depends where they are at university.
DS1 had two student houses and both were absolutely awful and not even cheap.
DS2 has a house share for year two at a different uni and the contrast couldn't be greater. Still not exactly cheap (and rent 3 monthly in advance shock) , but clean, recently decorated and quite well equipped. No dishwasher though!

alltouchedout Tue 12-Sep-17 12:28:35

I think they can vary a lot. There are a few rooms in student houses here in Manchester in the £55 a week ish range- they are much more like the student houses I remember than the purpose built private halls and the more upmarket student houses going for a lot more.

In 2000/01 I paid £35 a week and remember being really annoyed when it went up to £39 a week the next year.

Ta1kinPeece Tue 12-Sep-17 16:48:40

My old hall has changed masses since I lived there
- the number of sockets needed if nothing else!

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