Students at Temple University in Philadelphia have furiously proclaimed one of the university’s “premiere” dormitories for letting huge fly-infested piles of trash pile up in the hallways of their $800-a-month residences.
Two now-viral videos uploaded to TikTok by users claiming to be students at the Pennsylvania-based university document huge mounds of residents’ garbage and recycling apparently left behind in the hallways of an off-campus apartment complex called University Village.
One of the clips, posted by a user known as @djenebask.2, shows her filming a friend as they walk down a hallway to dispose of their trash in the allotted space – only to find that it waste already from the waste room and in the hallway, leaving piles of bags, boxes and other discarded items.
“I’m about to document this because it’s just impossible for us to pay that much rent and… [they] can’t even throw our garbage in the trash!’ she exclaims, before audibly gagging at the sight and ‘stench’ of the rubbish heaps.
A lot of waste! Two Temple University students have taken to TikTok to accuse their off-campus housing of letting huge piles of trash pile up in the hallways of their dorm rooms
‘No way’: A user named @djenebask.2 documented the mess she says has piled up in the hallway of her floor in University Village in Philadelphia
She added in the captions, “I’m by no means paying what I pay and I’m dealing with this… University Village are counting your days.”
Another user named Lindsey shared a similar clip, revealing an almost identical scene outside the trash room in what appears to be another hallway.
Shocked: @djenebask.2 (photo) audibly gagged at the sight and ‘stink’ of the garbage
In her video, she claimed she pays $800 a month to live in the student housing, where prices range from $489 a month for a single room in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment to $904 a month for a single room in a apartment with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The cost to Temple University averages about $35,000 per year, depending on the school a student is enrolled in.
“What do you get for $800 in rent in University Village (Temple)… Garbage and fruit flies,” she captioned the clip, before writing “I hate it here” and tagging the official TikTok account of the outside the campus residential complex.
Both videos quickly went viral on the video sharing app, with Lindsey’s earning over 110,000 views, while @@djenebask.2 racked up nearly 670,000.
The clips were also inundated with comments from other users claiming to be current or former students at Temple University, with many sharing their own horror stories about garbage accumulation in University Village.
“I’m on the 6th floor and it’s even worse,” one person wrote in a comment, while another added, “I’m still traumatized by this.”
Evidence? Another user named Lindsey shared a similar clip of what appears to be another hallway in the same residential complex, revealing nearly identical piles of trash
Oh no… Lindsey said she pays $800 a month to live in the “premiere” student housing – where the garbage rooms appear to be overcrowded and, she claims, full of fruit flies.
A third person chimed in: “It’s a joke…I live here too.”
A user who said they lived in the off-campus apartment complex – which is described at Temple University website as the college’s “premiere choice of student housing” — claimed she struggled with rodents while living in the building.
“University Village was awful!” she wrote. “We had mice when I lived there.”
Another said they ‘have cockroaches’.
Rodent and insect infestations were a hot topic of conversation in the comments section, where many warned residents of the garbage-infested apartments, insisting they could well start wrestling with rats, mice and cockroaches if the problem isn’t resolved.
“The mice, rats and cockroaches will feast,” said one person, while another added: “Get ready for the mice to show up…”
Others pointed out that Philadelphia is currently short of sanitation workers, noting that this could well be the cause of the piles of garbage that have accumulated in the student apartments.
“Welcome to Philly, where sanitation workers are limited,” one wrote, while another noted, “Philly is currently short of sanitation workers for the city. i live in philadelphia [and] we haven’t had our waste collected for almost three weeks.’
False advertising? Temple University’s website describes University Village as the “premiere student housing choice” for college students
Several users urged the students to report University Village to the health department, and some even suggested that they alert the college administrators.
However, a few people criticized the students for continuing to contribute to the accumulation of garbage, claiming that they were responsible for simply adding more garbage to the increasing mounds.
“Adding more won’t help, that’s nasty,” one wrote. “When my trash at school was full, I just walked on foot and put it in another one.”
While University Village is not on Temple University’s campus, it is directly affiliated with the college – which it advertises on its website as the “premiere choice for student housing,” where it also boasts “professional on-site management and staffing.” to provide for all the ‘needs’ of its residents.
‘Living close by. Live college. If University Village was a little closer to campus, you’d be in class now!’ the online description is.
‘Convenience of classic convenience. Stay fit facilities. Tools that help you get the grade. And community events that keep you connected. All of them make University Village the best choice for student housing at Temple University.
Get the lifestyle you want with our fully furnished apartments with private and shared bedroom and bathroom floor plans, a state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness center and an Academic Success Center!
‘In addition, our professional on-site management and staff who are committed to meeting your needs and helping you enjoy your student life at TU.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to Temple University for comment.