So what starts out as The G telling us all how appalling private rentals are (using the experience of a post-grad student who in no historical circumstances whatsoever would have got council housing) turns into, in the comments, a “You what?”.
Quite fun actually.
Mature students struggle to find suitable, affordable accommodation – the choice is either share with younger party people or rent a flat with someone your own age. It’s just that people my age don’t usually rent – they own, and lodgers who wish to occupy a flat over summer and even Christmas holidays are undesirable (I was denied a room for the latter reason on more than one occasion).
I moved to London for 10 months (about the time span of a post-grad course, no?) when I was 45. Took a week of sofa surfing to find it, yes, but I did find a room in a two bed flat at a reasonable rent and 15 minutes (OK, maybe 20) walk from the office in Westminster.
The whole piece is more of a whinge than anything else.