The student criticizes York University’s poor hygiene after finding a stained mattress and frozen freezer full of old groceries in its halls. During a pandemic, the standard of cleanliness is “abhorrent”
- 19-year-old Josh Dawson has shared pictures of his new halls on his Twitter account
- Horrors the Peterborough student at York University faced included a mattress with a brown stain and a freezer full of stale groceries
- The student complained to the reception staff at Derwent Hall but said it was not good enough if he paid £ 6,000 to live there
One student revealed his shock after arriving at his new university halls to be greeted with a stained mattress and frozen freezer full of stale groceries.
Josh Dawson, 19, of Peterborough, shared his disappointment with the standard of cleanliness at Derwent Hall at the University of York on Twitter when he moved that weekend.
He posted pictures of a single blue and white striped mattress with a sizable brown stain and a freezer with the top two shelves filled with ice and February food on the lower shelves.
The student said, “To get a mattress like this in normal times would be disgusting, but in the year of the Rona it is just hideous.”
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19-year-old Josh Dawson from Peterborough shared pictures of his accommodation in the Derwent Halls at the University of York on his Twitter account and said: “Getting a mattress like this in normal times would be disgusting, but in the year of the Rona, that’s just hideous. ‘
Careless: The student slammed the university halls where he pays £ 6,000 for life during his first term. Pictured: a frozen freezer that Dawson greeted upon arrival at York University
He added, “I can only assume that the University of York does not care about the health and safety of its students” and wrote that he will pay £ 6,000 for living in the accommodation.
In another tweet, an unimpressed Dawson wrote, “They haven’t checked the rooms for hygiene, and they obviously haven’t checked the kitchens either. What the fuck are they playing? ‘
The university’s Twitter account directed the student to his’ college team ‘to share what they had experienced and while saying the university staff were helpful, he added,’ This is negligence and I expect better results especially if i pay you £ 6k to live here. ‘
MailOnline contacted the University of York for comment. A spokesman said: “We took immediate action to correct the problem and apologized for the distress caused.
“We take cleanliness and hygiene in all of our dormitories and on campus very seriously and we are sorry that we did not meet our usual high standards on this occasion.”
Almost 1,000 people have liked Dawson’s tweet since then, and many say the university should apologize.
@drpaulbuckley commented, ‘Why should the responsibility rest with someone caught in this appalling shame? It should be cleaned and inspected before the students enter. Total failure now compounded by hand washing the responsibility. #LancasterIsBest ‘
@ planespotter1 wrote: ‘Josh … which is a shame. As for uni … you should fall on yourself to sort this out. All you hear on the radio right now are college staff thinking about how hard this is all for them … and they can’t even take care of their students. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF!’
On Friday, Manchester Metropolitan University announced that students at two properties in the city had been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days after a surge in coronavirus cases.
Manchester Metropolitan University students (pictured, Cambridge Halls) at two properties in the city have been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days after a surge in coronavirus cases
The immediate action was rolled out on Birley campus and Cambridge Halls after 127 students tested positive, meaning about 1,700 are now closed.
It is because students caught in a spate of campus Covid outbreaks have beaten universities to open halls to residents when coronavirus means they are studying from their rooms.