It’s official. Students are disgusting! A shocking survey by Terry’s Fabrics of 2000 students across the UK confirmed that all those grubby stereotypes are actually spot on.
A disgraceful 39% of the students surveyed never dust. Ever. And 44% of them would hire a professional cleaner if they thought it would help their love life. So clearly, their cleaning habits are having some effect on their ability to attract a mate.
Over half of the students had found partially eaten food in a potential partner’s room and 40% had been put off by dirty underwear lying in sight. Ewww.
The survey, conducted by home furnishing retailer Terry’s Fabrics, pretty much confirmed our worst fears about the state of students living conditions, so a competition was launched to find The Most Disgusting Student Room in the UK.
Applicants were asked to upload a photo of their room and could be voted on by the general public. However, the Terry’s team reviewed all entries and chose 3 rooms that they were particularly disgusted by.
In first place was Chanette Kennedy from Southampton Solent University. She said: “My room can be absolutely disgusting so I try not to let people come in at all now.”
She’s not alone however. “I let my close friends over though because their rooms are pretty bad too. I once found a week old plate of cheesy chips under my friend’s bed. It was rank, they absolutely stank.” she said.
With just one tiny area of the floor that could be seen, and dirty clothes and food covering the rest, she was an instant winner.
Second place went to Sidrah Ahmed from Lancashire who, by her own admission, only cleans once a month. But there were so many disgusting entries they decided to give joint second place to Lauren Evans, who attends University College in Birmingham. She said her mom gets through plenty of air freshener!
Starting young and in third place was 11 year old Ben from Hampshire, who was nominated by his mum! She said: “I hate the state of his room, but I love it has a door on to close away. I won’t go in unless it is clean! He tidies his room about twice a year!”
So, what will his mum do with the prize money? “Buy him a new bin, and some new curtains to keep out the daylight as I think he is allergic to daylight at the moment.” It seems our fears of perpetually messy students were well founded. But all is not lost.
It turns out that messy people tend to be more intelligent! A study from the University of Minnesota suggests that disorderly environments are linked to breaking free of tradition and thinking outside the box.
Disorganized people tend to think creatively, are good problem solvers and enjoy learning. So perhaps these disgusting rooms are not so bad after all. Perhaps these are just highly intelligent people with a lot going on. Let’s hope so!
To see how you fair on the scale, try Terry’s Fabric’s quiz here: www.terrysfabrics.co.uk/blog/2016/10/03/how-blokey-is-your-room-quiz