Student parties in the Lenton area of Nottingham are becoming a frequent disruption to local residents, but students argue the high cost of a night out in the city is to blame.
Over 300 warnings regarding noisy parties have been given to university students living in the area so far this academic year, and over 1,000 letters sent out to student homes by Nottingham City Council.
The letter explained the effects their ‘unacceptable noise levels’ are having on neighbours, such as loss of sleep and impact on work. These also included mental health and children’s educations being harmed, and even breakdowns of marriages.
“very cheap easy way of everyone meeting up and having a good time”
Rory Lennon, Uon student
Students were also told they could be taken to court and evicted if they continue to ignore warnings.
Talking about the parties, 21-year-old student Rory Lennon from the University of Nottingham explained “it’s a very cheap easy way of everyone meeting up and having a good time, listening to some good music, and catching up with one another.”
“There’s no entry fee, there’s no taxi there and back, so overall it’s a very cheap night but just as fun as going to a normal club or a bar.”
Both students and residents have taken to social media to voice their opinions on the issue.
House parties not the only issue. The shouting, screeching and chanting in the streets around Lenton between 9pm and 5am disrupts sleep too😣
— Harmonia (@lentondrives) September 26, 2017
- October 2017: six students were fined by Nottingham Trent University after a wall collapsed at the end of a student party on Harlaxton Drive.
- Halloween weekend 2017: reports of a fire extinguisher being taken from a property and left in the middle of the road.
- 81 more reports of complaints from neighbours so far this academic year than the last.
NTSU’s City Liason Officer, Ryan Adams, says the university “doesn’t condone the behaviour exhibited” by the noisy students.
Audio: NTSU’s City Liason Officer, Ryan Adams speaking about the parties
Local authorities are continuing to work with both of the universities in Nottingham as well as local residents to put tougher penalties in place for students who repeatedly offend.