Students have been found to be some of the least desirable tenants in the UK. 40% of respondents to a TheHouseShop.com survey said they wouldn’t want to rent their house to students in higher education. The only renters found to be more undesirable than students were smokers, with 64%, and people using DSS (i.e. those claiming house benefits) at 44%.
Students have a bad reputation for being difficult tenants, typecast as being very messy and/or irresponsible, especially when it comes to money.
Sarah, 23, had an unpleasant experience with the stereotypical student housemate, showing exactly why people think what they do about them:
“He would leave the kitchen in a mess, littered with empty bottles and pizza boxes and hoard dirty dishes in his room. One time, he couldn’t even be bothered to take the dishes from his room to the kitchen, so he threw them out of the window into our garden! He would smoke in the house and we would find cigarette butts in the bathroom sink.”