Students who distribute flyers at the start of lectures, latecomers, housemates having loud sex and dirty toilets. We all have our pet hates and that’s just the same at EUR. EM went out and asked students: what do you find irritating?

Perhaps you recognise yourself in one of the following statements. Maybe you are the person who is irritated or the one behaving in an irritating fashion. In total, 150 students answered the question: what do you find most irritating? And this is their top 4.

1. Students making a noise during lectures

A good 25 percent of students find it irritating when fellow students talk, make telephone calls, listen to music or play games during lectures. The most common reaction: ‘that childish attitude of students who are there because they have to be rather than because they are interested is very irritating.’

2. Know-alls in your study group

13 percent get annoyed by know-alls, i.e. students who constantly try to go one better and people who ‘do their annoying best’. Another irritation: “people who continually ask questions during lectures and work groups; ‘just so their voice is heard’ and ‘people who pretend they haven’t done any work and then get a 9!”


Latrice Venetiaan (Sociology) is irritated by the toilets in C building and near the University Library. “They are really filthy and often wet”.

3. Noisy students in the University Library

People who don’t respect the quiet areas in the library and elsewhere on the campus. 8 percent of those surveyed hate being forced to listen in on someone else’s life story. Students are also irritated when it comes to the category study places: not enough places to study. Or students in the library who set a screensaver to ‘be right back’ and then don’t return for hours. And what about high heels in the library: ‘really bad for your concentration’ and leaving books lying around after you’ve finished making photocopies.

4. Lazy, selfish fellow students

What about slackers? “Students who have high expectations of others in a group assignment but don’t do any work themselves”. Or: bad grammar in group assignments: “meaning I have to go right through someone else’s work and correct it, when I’ve got better things to do”. And also: “people who start asking questions just before exams about subjects which were addressed ages ago because they never show up to lectures”. Being arrogant and selfish is not appreciated either: people who ‘are only concerned about their CV or promoting their own interests’. NC