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March 10, 2008

OK, so you’ve just moved into your new flat, lectures have started and you drank yourself sick last week before any assignments were due. Now maybe you feel it might be time to knuckle down, as the first of the three hour labs start, and you’ve stopped shaking enough to actually do a successful titration.

February 25, 2008

Welcome to another year of potentially shitty flats, shifty landlords and the odd flatmate who is a total emo. Since this is my first one for the year you have caught me reminiscing – what were Ali’s first flats like, I hear you ask yourself? Well, my first flat in New Zealand (Herne Bay, Auckland) […]

October 15, 2007

Well, here we are, practically at the end of the year. Exams and finishing of Honours projects beckon, nearly everyone is stressed, and they hate most of their friends. This also goes for flatmates – but if you can suffer living with them now, you may decide to flat with them again next year. However, […]

October 1, 2007

I sit here on a gorgeous Saturday morning when I should be bursting with energy after my usual three cups of coffee – but for ONE thing. Last night the people next to me decided to have a party. Not a particularly depraved or degenerate party, but when they decided to go out on the […]

September 17, 2007

I don’t know who first said “Revenge is a dish best served cold”, but so it is when you need your landlord to pull their finger out of their arse and actually fix something around your place. Like I said last time, things which MUST be fixed urgently are blocked toilets, no hot water and […]

September 3, 2007

I mentioned in a column a few months ago that most landlords will try to get away with as much as they can, in terms of how little money they spend on rental properties. Many houses that they are renting out have not had basic maintenance done on them for years.

August 13, 2007

-Are you sick of sitting on the loo in the middle of the night and jumping up from the shock to your privates? -Have you had it with finding that the only warm place to study is under two duvets in bed? -Do you find yourself sleeping with people you don’t fancy just to stay […]

July 30, 2007

What kind of people are your flatmates? Below is a list of things which are likely to drive any reasonable (or not stoned) person up the wall: Doesn’t pay the rent or bills on time, or pays them late.

July 9, 2007

Ten Things You Need to Know About Landlords: 1. They want to make money. 2. They don’t want to spend money. 3. They will charge the top rental on a property that they think someone will pay.

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