Take a look inside Britain’s biggest student house
Got over a million quid going spare? Us neither (sigh). But for those that somehow do, they could get their hands on the UK's biggest student house.
Britain's biggest student house is up for sale, but you'll have to stump up a cool £1.2 million if you want to become its next owner.
Regent House, on Gordon Terrace in Plymouth, is actually made up of four Victorian houses knocked into one mansion-like property. It has 32 bedrooms (mostly with en suite facilities) and four kitchens – we said it was big.
The estate agent selling the property explained that it used to serve as a nursing home, before closing in the 1990s. It was then converted into communal accommodation for students in 1999.
It usually costs £70 – £100 a week (less than the national average!) to rent a room in the house, and its convenient location means residents can easily walk to the University of Plymouth campus.
Inside Britain's biggest student house
As well as chilling out in one of the many, many bedrooms here, residents can spend time with housemates in two spacious lounges.
Student Thomas Riggs, who was 20 at the time, said he managed to keep on top of his studies during his three years of living at Regent House, despite the occasional chaos. Speaking at the time, he said:
[We] go on several nights out a week and pretty much every night we have a drink in the house – so it pretty much feels like one big party.
The house is crazy and intense but at the same time it's a lot of fun. We're like one very, very big family.
You’ll never get bored here, as the house boasts a pool table and a darts board. Factor in the short walk from the university campus, too, and the house has a lot of appealing characteristics.
There are white goods aplenty too. The house holds four washing machines, five fridges, five freezers and four ovens, so there are unlikely to be any arguments or queues.
In fact, the only aspect we'd criticise is that there's only one bath. Residents will need a seriously organised rota, or have to settle for one of the seven showers available.
Some crazy stats about the house
When added up, it's thought the Regent House residents spend 320 hours a week at lectures, followed closely by 311 hours partying.
A whopping 3,111 hours are spent watching TV and 900 hours on the PlayStation. But they don't just stare at a screen in their downtime – they also spend about 224 hours playing pool.
In an average week, the 32-strong household gets through:
- 40 toilet rolls
- 20 bin bags of rubbish
- 100 tins of baked beans
- 20 large bags of pasta
- 500 cans of beer
- 150 cans of cider
- 50 Pot Noodles
- 150 takeaways
Is it cheaper than other student homes in Plymouth?
So the question is, would you save any money living here compared with more typical student accommodation in Plymouth?
If you wanted to live on campus at the University of Plymouth, the cheapest rooms are £97.30 a week, but these are 'Interior' rooms which can mean they're windowless.
Choosing university accommodation with an en suite would cost you at least £122 a week for halls which are about the same walking distance from the University of Plymouth as Regent House.
Of course, halls aren't the only option open to students – many will opt for private accommodation. Our latest National Student Money Survey has found that students from the University of Plymouth spend an average of £405 a month on rent.
However, as you'd expect, factors like distance from campus and facilities provided will affect the price of the property. It seems to depend on whether proximity to campus is a deal-breaker for you.
What's more, in a 32-person household, you're likely to pay a far smaller share of the bills than you would in a bog-standard three or four-bed house.
That said, the University of Plymouth's halls offer students 41-week contracts. It's unclear whether a stay in Regent House would be on a full-year contract, so this is something potential residents should consider when comparing costs.
And, perhaps most importantly, you need to weigh up whether living with 31 other people would suit you. If you value your privacy or quiet surroundings, it may not be the best place for you.
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