Student houses on Forest Road East, Nottingham.

Nearly two thirds of Nottingham university students have reported suffering with damp and mould in their homes, according to a 2022 survey.

Problems such as mould, security concerns and deposit cuts are just a handful of the difficulties students are forced to live with.

Moving away from home can already be a massive challenge for students, but moving into a place with hellish living conditions only makes things worse – but unfortunately, this is the reality that many young adults up and down the country have to face.

The national student accommodation survey which was completed in early 2023 also found that 17% of students have had to deal with rodent infestations at some point during their studies.

NTU student Elicia Gorman has been forced to deal with several problems since moving into her second year home.

“when we first moved into the house the basic appliances didn’t work, so that gave us an indication of what the rest of the year had in store for us”
Elicia Gorman, NTU student 

A survey also done in 2022 found that landlords in the Midlands are notoriously difficult to get hold of and in Nottingham, three-quarters of students said their landlord had ignored their calls regarding repairs and maintenance, making any problems they had much harder to address.

Elicia Gorman expressed her concerns saying ‘when we first moved into the house the basic appliances didn’t work, so that gave us an indication of what the rest of the year had in store for us. The problems just kept getting worse to the point where some of my housemates went back home’

Elicia’s house also experienced major security concerns when the fence in her back garden was knocked down and wasn’t repaired for 2 months.

Forest Road East, Nottingham

As the cost of living also continues to rise, it leaves students stuck between a rock and a hard place. Having to prioritise food shopping and attempting to fix the problems in their homes with their own money.

‘We gave up contacting our landlord because we just weren’t getting anywhere, we took matters into our own hands but its hard because we’re so limited on the money side of things’  said Telina, a Second year University of Nottingham student.

Colum McGuire, vice president for welfare at the NUS, says to keep all communications with your landlord in writing, and if you’re having problems to seek further help.

NTU Student Charlotte Gamble – Speaking about her experience in student housing