When I started at university I didn’t go into a dorm, I went straight into a shared house instead. The dorms were small, not particularly secure, noisy and too far away from town, making the campus an outpost rather than being integrated with one of the most popular tourist resorts on the south coast of England.
But that was over a decade ago and I’m sure they’ve improved no end since then. However, the problems with security on university campus persist. And for several reasons.
People arriving at university are leaving home generally for the first time. Aside from books, bedding and clothing the luggage they bring with them is likely to be computers and phones. Computers to study, and phones to call the Bank of Mum and Dad when funds get low. Knowing that each and every room in a dorm or shared house makes student accommodation particularly appealing for the professional thief. While uni dorms do generally have security on site, they also have thousands of people going from room to room socialising, having fun, and learning, making keeping tabs on who’s on site impossible.
Shared housing is worse. Students need cheap housing so they tend to gather in cheaper areas in poorly maintained housing. Landlords who rent to students know they will only be tenanting for a year at most before moving on, so they save money by not keeping the premises up to standard. Each house could have any number of keys cut, poorly maintained doors and windows with rotted or damaged frames and seals, windows which are left open to let damp out, or broken panes which simply don’t get fixed from one tenancy to the next. Read more