dealing with noisy accommodation - any advice?

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My room in halls is on the ground floor and faces out onto the communal outdoor space for our block. Because of covid and pub closing early and all that the outdoor area is the only real option for people to meet up with friends outside their household. The thing is, they are always out there chatting/singing/screaming till pretty late and it’s so loud in my room. I end up being kept awake till 2am or later multiple nights per week and it’s really affecting my mental health and my work - i’m so anxious and i can’t focus on anything. i really don’t want to be That Guy by telling them to be quiet and i also don’t really know what time it is reasonable to do that - i get how hard it is not being able to socialise fully bc of restrictions and for some people their mental health probably relies on being able to let off steam in this way. i also realise i am probably in a minority of people who don’t want to be awake that late but a big part of managing my anxiety disorder is having a regular sleep schedule. i have earplugs but i can usually still hear everyone’s conversations regardless. does anyone have any advice for what to do, i don’t know how i can cope with a year of this
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(Original post by Anonymous)
My room in halls is on the ground floor and faces out onto the communal outdoor space for our block. Because of covid and pub closing early and all that the outdoor area is the only real option for people to meet up with friends outside their household. The thing is, they are always out there chatting/singing/screaming till pretty late and it’s so loud in my room. I end up being kept awake till 2am or later multiple nights per week and it’s really affecting my mental health and my work - i’m so anxious and i can’t focus on anything. i really don’t want to be That Guy by telling them to be quiet and i also don’t really know what time it is reasonable to do that - i get how hard it is not being able to socialise fully bc of restrictions and for some people their mental health probably relies on being able to let off steam in this way. i also realise i am probably in a minority of people who don’t want to be awake that late but a big part of managing my anxiety disorder is having a regular sleep schedule. i have earplugs but i can usually still hear everyone’s conversations regardless. does anyone have any advice for what to do, i don’t know how i can cope with a year of this
If youy read your agreement you will see a condition about noise and times. Normally 11pm.
Things you can do:

1. Keep a diary to show when you are woken up plus times.
2. Post a sign asking people to show some consideration for people trying to sleep.
3. Ask accommodation for a transfer. Better if you have medical evidence as well/ anxiety.
4. Complain to hall management.
5. If they arent interested then takle advice about getting out of your accommodation contract as they arent allowing you to have quiet enjoyment.
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My room in halls is on the ground floor and faces out onto the communal outdoor space for our block. Because of covid and pub closing early and all that the outdoor area is the only real option for people to meet up with friends outside their household. The thing is, they are always out there chatting/singing/screaming till pretty late and it’s so loud in my room. I end up being kept awake till 2am or later multiple nights per week and it’s really affecting my mental health and my work - i’m so anxious and i can’t focus on anything. i really don’t want to be That Guy by telling them to be quiet and i also don’t really know what time it is reasonable to do that - i get how hard it is not being able to socialise fully bc of restrictions and for some people their mental health probably relies on being able to let off steam in this way. i also realise i am probably in a minority of people who don’t want to be awake that late but a big part of managing my anxiety disorder is having a regular sleep schedule. i have earplugs but i can usually still hear everyone’s conversations regardless. does anyone have any advice for what to do, i don’t know how i can cope with a year of this
Hi!

I'm so sorry to hear this

Have you spoken to your university accommodation team? They might be able to offer you another room where it would be much more quieter, because it's affecting your mental health.
I had similar issues in my first year. I know its extreme but I use to earplugs in and then put noise cancelling headphones over them, so I couldn't hear anything unless it was an alarm. Night eye masks help to block out the light, so it's easier for you body to know that it is bedtime.

I hope you get this sorted.
Chloe - Official Student Rep
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Ordinarily I would report nuisance noise to residential services, but in this case it just sounds a like a common public place where people gather at chucking out time. It seems like not everyone causing the issue will even be a resident in your block.

I would speak to accommodation services and try to get moved somewhere quieter. Make it clear that it's starting to affect your health and you've not comfortable with it.
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My friend had a this problem last year. I feel like almost every uni has a few badly-placed rooms for this kind of thing, and it's completely reasonable that you want to sleep at 2am! Email your uni halls maintenance team or wellbeing services and tell them what you've said here, including that it's really affecting your mental health and ability to work. My friend was offered a room transfer and I'm sure you'll be offered one too.
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