Noise Levels in Student Accommodation

In Bristol student accommodation, as in many private properties, noise levels are often an issue that can lead to friction between neighbours. While there is a certain level of unavoidable noise that can occur in shared student housing, it is important for students to be aware of the impact they have on others and to take steps to keep levels low as much as possible.

There are several guidelines that are in place to help students maintain a quiet environment in their rooms and common areas. While some people may feel that these guidelines are restrictive, it is important to remember that each person has a different schedule for sleeping and socialising, and that other students may have to work late or study at night.

It is also important to remember that students are not alone in their homes – they share their living spaces with fellow students who live on the same floors and may have children or elderly parents who need to sleep at times that are not traditional to student life. Keeping noise to a minimum is especially important during reading period and exam time when 24-hour “Quiet Hours” are in effect.

As a result, many universities are starting to resort to disciplinary action for those who make excessive noise, such as giving them warnings or even forcing them to attend classes on how to be good (and quieter) neighbours. Bristol University was a headliner in 2018 when it made headlines for fining 10 groups and making them attend noise impact classes, although the majority of complaints were dealt with through other means.

Guidelines For Noise Levels in Student Accommodation

While it might seem that strict rules on noise are an inconvenience for some students, the reality is that most people want to live in a peaceful and safe environment where they can get restful nights’ sleep. This will ensure a better experience for everyone involved and make Bristol student accommodation more attractive to prospective students.

Acoustics should be carefully considered when building new student housing, as well as when refurbishing existing buildings. Using sound proofing in walls and ceilings is one way to reduce the impact of noisy neighbours, but there are other measures that can be taken to improve acoustics. Choosing the right flooring for communal areas and placing large furniture pieces away from walls is another important way to control noise.

Moreover, offering on-site support services, such as counseling and medical facilities, can significantly contribute to the well-being of students. Timely access to professional support can help students cope with the pressures of college life, ensuring they thrive both academically and emotionally.

It is always best to approach a noisy neighbour in the first instance and politely ask them to reduce the volume of their music or other noise. Many people are not aware of the impact their noise is having and will be happy to comply when asked. If a solution cannot be reached through direct dialogue, the halls management/security team should be contacted. They will be able to offer further guidance and support.