University Life……It’s a bitch sometimes.

It’s been a long time since I have posted on here, but I’ve been waiting for a good topic to talk about, and today one finally came up.

Some of my friends have continued to live in halls in our second year, thinking as you would that this would be the easier, cheaper and most convenient accommodation for our second year. Due to a series of issues that have been handled appallingly by the university, they have decided to seek accommodation elsewhere from January. 

Although most of the issues have been resolved with their decision to leave the campus halls, one more arose this week, and with only 6 days to go until they are officially living on their own, they are understandably unhappy.

Most halls will get a noise complaint or two on a campus, it’s natural. However, my friends are living on a second floor this year, and the corridor directly below them has become notorious on our campus for noise disruptions among other things. It has been quite often that my friends have made those complaints themselves, however nothing has been done to put a final end to this. In fact it has been allowed to continue, during hall inspections they mentioned it to the accommodation officer, who made a reply that it was ok because it was someones birthday the night before. But the problem is that it would start at 7am and go on until 4am most mornings, keeping them all awake all night and causing illness and problems with work.

This is deemed acceptable. It’s not. 

But then the tables were turned, a flatmate that they don’t particularly get on well with had a large amount of people in her room, smoking. It’s not the first time either. But this particular night a noise complaint was made, a hall warden came to investigate but due to the fact that the hall warden is friendly with the people in question, nothing was furthered in this case, but the rest of the girls who were being quiet and considerate got a noise complaint, stating that they had disturbed the peace. It is mainly because of this that I am writing this blog today, especially as every time they have been the once disturbed by others nothing has ever been done.

Smoking within in halls is strictly prohibited, and all hall wardens are obligated to report and record all instances of it happening. Clearly this is not the case. No one official has decided to actually talk to the people in question, instead content to blame those that are innocent. 

My university is going down in my estimation more and more each term. The amount of problems that have occurred and are dealt with either ineffectively or not at all is unacceptable for an institution that we pay £7,500 a year to attend, plus the £3000 in accommodation costs. We are owed a duty of care, and for the amount that we pay to be given the education, which is second to none in my opinion, we do not receive everything that we should be able to expect from such an ancient and well respected institution.

The relationship between lecturers and students is amazing here, and the education is fantastic, but the university institution as whole treats its students as if all we are is a load of impressionable young adults who are solely there to fund the vice chancellor and the staff he choses to employ, while we miss out because we cannot afford to keep the lecturers that we so badly need!!

Be a name, not a number. That’s what we were all promised on attending here, and frankly when it comes down to anything other than lecturers and the few staff that do care, it’s just not true, we are seen as £7,500 worth of numbers each.



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