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Student neighbours noise and the new normal - what’s acceptable?

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Seventytwoseventythree · 02/10/2020 23:45

We live in a Victorian building converted into flats. The walls are a foot of solid granite and you usually can’t hear a peep out of the neighbours. New neighbours upstairs are young and just moved in a couple of weeks ago, it’s a university city so we assume students based on the timing. No issues until tonight when music with heavy bass started thumping through the ceiling about an hour ago. It’s LOUD, like can’t sleep though it even with ear plugs loud.

These are not student halls and it’s not even a student area. I would normally go and say something about midnight in this situation, but I do feel desperately sorry for university students and think they are having a particularly rubbish time with Covid, being forced to bubble with strangers and not able to go home. So I wonder if I should be more lenient and just put up with it for now? And maybe only say something if it becomes regular? What would you do? If I leave it I won’t get much sleep that’s the only thing.

I do know who’s in the flat, it could be a non-permitted gathering but it could also just be the two guys that live there.

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Seventytwoseventythree · 02/10/2020 23:47
  • Don’t know who is in the flat
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Pipandmum · 02/10/2020 23:49

Uh no. I don't care if it's students or the Queen of England. Noise is noise and I don't think students deserve any special treatment. Nip it in the bud now.

CountessFrog · 02/10/2020 23:52

I’d go and have a word but I’d probably say that I empathise with them having a shit time and ask them to agree a time to turn it down.

SodaPerson · 02/10/2020 23:56

Considering that it's a Friday. I'd let it go until 1am, then have a word.

Badabingbadabum · 03/10/2020 00:08

I think I'd wait a bit longer before going up and speaking to them. I'd probably ignore it one time and politely bring it up tomorrow or when you bump into them. We lived near a couple of people who would have parties in the week, weekends a few times a month. It's really irritating and tiring but this could be the only party they have all year and you barely hear from them again.

mineofuselessinformation · 03/10/2020 00:22

Go and speak to them now.
Tell them it needs to be quiet by 12.30 / 1 (whichever you'd prefer), for the reasons you've given here.
That's reasonable.

SoloMummy · 03/10/2020 08:07

I have no more sympathy for students than I do anyone else isolating. They should have been able to understand the potential risks for this when choosing to still study this year.
They're not in student accommodation and even if they were, this behaviour is inappropriate, rude, disruptive and discourteous.
This needs addressing before a repeat.
Do you know who the landlord is?

SoloMummy · 03/10/2020 08:09


Go and speak to them now.
Tell them it needs to be quiet by 12.30 / 1 (whichever you'd prefer), for the reasons you've given here.
That's reasonable.


No absolutely 11pm at the latest. But they need to be courteous to their neighbours and that level of noise shouldn't be on a regular, nor weekly basis to disrupt the other residents's lives.
user1471538283 · 03/10/2020 09:00

No absolutely do not put up with it. I wouldn't even speak to them about it. The next time it happens ring Environmental Health. And keep a log. If it happens again call them again. Keep doing it until they send a Noise abatement letter to the students and the university. In our city the university intervenes. Noise really upsets me. You have to work and rest. The students need to understand that they are living in close quarters with others and their lives do not trump yours

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