University: Things Found in Student Houses

I’ve already mentioned viewing a house and finding myself standing in dirty underwear. That wasn’t a fun experience, though I am forever thankful for cold weather requiring chunky boots that day. Mess is a given in many student houses, be it constant, or just during exam periods or after a gathering. So it’s not that unusual to find strange items lying around…

 photo 2015-01-04 15.30.47_zpsvezsh3fa.jpgWe hosted a pre-drinks session around this time last year. It was a pretty casual thing, a good night. We began the clean up the next morning and all seemed well. We’d gained a few half-full bottles, a few drink spillages. Nothing too traumatic. And whilst what we found wasn’t exactly tramatic, it was still rather puzzling. “Are these yours?” we asked of each other. Turns out someone, somehow had left us with a pair of their trainers…

Then there was first year. I came in through the main entrance, and wandered into the kitchen. My halls were like a house, with the kitchen backing onto a little grass area with a backdoor. And there at the backdoor was my housemate trying to entice a duck inside. What she was planning on doing with the duck I’ll never know.

 photo 2015-01-24 11.59.31_zpsici62gs8.jpgThe same housemate also had rather odd cleanliness habits. A fortnightly (yep) shower would result in the plughole being taped up, and the bathroom flooding. And she left handfuls of hair everywhere. She’d also wash her clothes whilst showering and air dry them. Though an airer was beyond her – she’d tied string across her room. Fine. Just don’t airdry your undies in full view of your door. Equally, don’t leave your rather obviously worn thong on the bathroom floor for three days. I rather quickly denied ownership to our other housemates…

I’ve been asked to talk about strange things found in student houses in association with British Gas, after apprentice Sarah was called to a customer’s home to fix a broken boiler and was surprised to discover that the house was filled with over 300 birds. I can imagine that would be a little odd!

What’s the strangest thing you’ve found in your house, or someone else’s home?

  • Jasey Jade

    Oh I like this post 😛 it’s crazy how many -crazy- things you can encounter because of one roommate!
    Jade x

    • ninegrandstudent

      I know…! x

  • Jennifer K

    Probably the grate from a gutter… my housemate got her shoe stuck in it coming home one night and for reasons presumably only understandable when drunk, she brought the entire grate home with shoe still attached and left it on the kitchen table!
    We also looked after the boys’ chickens for a night while they had a house party – so I suppose you could count eggs in the back garden as rather weird!
    In our last house we found a pile of some sort of newspaper each with a packet of mini eggs stapled to them. We pulled off about 40 packets and then put the papers out in the recycling!
    Jennifer x
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    • ninegrandstudent

      Ahaha, I think your examples definitely beat mine! x

  • Thankfully I was able to live at home and commute to university but my sister lives away and she’s always saying how much mess everyone leaves – its so annoying x

    • ninegrandstudent

      I know, I can’t believe how untidy some people are! x

  • We’ve had shoes left in our house before aha! One of my housemates last year made a habit of drunkenly bringing traffic cones and street signs home with him after every night out..

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

    • ninegrandstudent

      Weirdly, I think traffic cones is actually quite common! x

  • Haha love this post. That housemate does sound really odd – taping up the plughole?! I once had the pleasure of walking into the bathroom to find a pair of knickers with a used sanitary towel still attached in place on the floor. Ick!

    Rachel x

    The Inelegant Wench

    • ninegrandstudent

      Yep, still no idea why she did that! And how lovely… x

  • We’ve had cats in our house, a left leather jacket that became a shared house jacket, a orange road cone, lots of alcohol, loads of spoons but never enough forks. The student life hey?!

    Emma x
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    • ninegrandstudent

      We always used to run out of teaspoons – I accidentally throw them away in the mornings making a cup of tea! x