Noisy neighbours have prompted residents in Brighton and Hove to band together to tackle the problem.
They have formed a campaign group to learn whether other university towns have come up with successful schemes to deal with noise and anti-social behaviour when faced with large numbers of students.
The group came about after five undergraduates were fined at Brighton Magistrates’ Court last month for breaching noise abatement orders.
The Brighton University first-year students were so noisy that they drove their neighbour Joy Panteli, who is in her sixties, to sleep in her car.
Now she is one of the group who have set up Brighton Peace and who want to hear from other people in Brighton and Hove who would like to support their campaign.
Mrs Panteli, a mature student from Bevendean Crescent, Brighton, has lived in her home for more than 25 years.
She said: “As soon as the court case appeared in the media, people were contacting me to talk about their noise problems.
“Local people want to take this issue further.
“Many of them have had enough of trying to sort out noise issues every year because landlords or letting agents refuse to deal with their own tenants.
“Some of the stories people have told me are terrible.
“It has to stop now.
“We will be lobbying for change so action is taken more quickly and steps are taken to stop them in the first place.
“I couldn’t believe how many people are going through the same thing and how many people dread the annual September term because they never know what sort of students they are going to get next door.”
Mrs Panteli, a grandmother, said: “I am not a political activist or a campaigner, I am just an ordinary person, Brighton born and bred, and I want the right to live peacefully in my own home, in my home town and I’m sure many people share the same sentiment.
“If other people feel the same we want to hear from you.”
The group can be contacted by emailing email@example.com.
The five students were Jamie Keens, 19, Alex Allen, 19, Domenico Salzia, 18, Tanya Jones, 18, and Adam Tulley, 19.
They were fined £58 each and ordered to pay £742 each towards the legal costs of Brighton and Hove City Council, which brought the case, and a £15 victim surcharge.
The court was told that on Thursday 30 September, Mrs Panteli knocked on the students’ door to ask them to turn down loud music.
They told Mrs Panteli that she was invading their space by being on their doorstep and shut the door in her face.
They then continued to shout, scream and play music.
The problems continued for three months despite the students being warned repeatedly about facing prosecution.
Brighton Peace hopes to hear from others who want to support its campaign.
The group hopes to work with Sussex University, Brighton University, landlords, MPs, councillors and Sussex Police and the council to bring about changes.
The council already has a student housing strategy to tackle some of these issues and is looking at extending licensing of landlords in five council wards with high numbers of students.
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