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Students are struggling to study while living in damp and infested homes while living away at university, according to a new study.

At least a quarter of students suffer from homes infested with slugs, mice or cockroaches, says the report Homes Fit For Study from the National Union of Students.

Over 50% of students have homes riddled with damp, condensation and mould growing on walls and furniture claims the research.

And while thousands of students are living in dirty conditions, many more are also concerned about their finances as they plunge into debt to pay deposits to landlords to secure a home.

They also find paying energy bills a problem – and more than half are unaware their landlords should give them an energy performance certificate detailing the costs of heating and powering their rented home.

As a result, the NUS wants better regulation of letting agents and landlords, including a law to scrap letting fees in England and Wales along the lines of legislation in Scotland.

NUS Vice President (Welfare), Colum McGuire, said: “Although there’s a commonly held perception that poor quality student housing is a rite of passage, it is both disgusting and unacceptable that students should live in vermin infested housing in this day and age.

“Our research has raised alarming health and safety issues and we are calling for more effective enforcement of standards to ensure students’ homes are fit for study.”

The NUS is also asking the government to make sure local councils have the cash and manpower to deal with complaints about sub-standard housing.

Many of the poor homes highlighted by the NUS report are private rented houses in multiple occupation (HMO) rather than private or university managed halls of residence.

Download and read the full Homes Fit For Study report

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  1. All well and good, but by the way one of my student houses is going despite warnings and advice, this will be the second year running that we will have to have the plaster taken off the walls of one of our houses and re-plastered due to the occupants not ventilating or heating the property adequately. Both times the houses have been in perfect condition when they took it over. I would like to bet that this is the case with about ninety per cent of the poor dears living in the squalor that they have created themselves!

  2. I agree with Lesley – the \”poor dears\” certainly need a good spanking from their mums for not learning to keep things tidy and clean; they leave scraps of food all over the place attracting mice and cockroaches, they leave the rooms dusty and unswept, and then they wail that the landlords haven\’t given them a good place to live

  3. If you suffer from mould, and scrape the plaster, than stick 50 mm polystyrene tiles to the outside walls, after the walls had dried out, to the inside side of the wall using the tiles adhesive. Than you can cover them with plasterboard or lining paper. Paint or wallpaper over after it.

  4. Hello,
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