Waterfront: Neighbours complain over noise from student homes

PUBLISHED: 08:17 18 October 2011

Athena Hall accomodates students from University Campus Suffolk.

Athena Hall accomodates students from University Campus Suffolk.


QUAYSIDE residents have today voiced concern after noise from students reached an “unacceptable” level for the second year running.

University Campus Suffolk (UCS) revealed that a number of residents had complained about noise coming from student accomodation site Athena Hall.

Last year, The Evening Star revealed that several formal complaints had been made to the university after noise reached an “excessive” level.

A Neptune Marina resident, who asked not to be named, said the noise was worse than last year.

She said: “Over the summer the noise levels have been fine – no more than expected when living in a vibrant area, but once again the students are back and the noise levels have increased to unacceptable levels again.”

A spokeswoman for UCS said: “UCS has been made aware of a number of complaints from local residents recently regarding student noise and behaviour at Athena Hall and along the Waterfront.

“With regard to Athena Hall specifically, while the building is largely occupied by UCS students it is neither owned nor managed by UCS, although we do work closely with the management company to look at their policies and procedures.” She said the university was working the UCS Union, the management of Athena Hall, Ipswich Borough Council and the area’s Safer Neighbourhood Team to “remind students to consider their neighbours and the local community”.

Last year’s complaints resulted in the university hosting a briefing to show students how to be better neighbours. Ipswich MP Ben Gummer is hosting a meeting at the university on Friday from 7pm.

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