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Snakes alive! Look what we've found; Things students leave.

IT appears that trophy traffic cones and road signs are no longer the must-have collectable among students in Huddersfield, as the most common and unusual items left-behind in student housing are revealed for 2009.

Student accommodation provider UNITE - home to 36,700 students around the UK - audited properties in Huddersfield and across the country on the 'lost and found' items as the academic year comes to a close.

Left behind booty includes a 6ft snake, a whip alongside a copy of the Karma Sutra, a full-sized air hockey table, two budgies and a scuba diving suit complete with air tank and flippers.

One Huddersfield property team even discovered a fully-fitted pole dancing pole and more than 20 Christmas trees - most of them still fully decorated.

The 10 most bizarre items: 1. 6ft snake.

2. A pole dancing pole.

3. Life-size skeleton.

4. A pair of budgies.

5. Giant white pet rabbit.

6. 10ft inflatable outdoor pool filled with water.

7. Frozen chicken feet.

8. A whip and a copy of the Karma Sutra.

9. Scuba diving suit with air tank and flippers.

10. Full-size air hockey table..

UNITE staff in Huddersfield reported a record low in the number of purloined traffic cones, street signs and cardboard cut-outs being left behind by students.

The five most common items left behind in Huddersfield are: 1. Mobile phone chargers (24%).

2. Text books (19%).

3. Toothbrushes (17%).

4. iPods (11%).

5. Shoes (7%).

Nathan Goddard, UNITE sales and marketing director, said: "After a year of working hard and playing hard, it is no surprise that our residents in Huddersfield forget to pack everything at the end of term - and what they leave behind never fails to surprise us.

From the risqu to the ridiculous, we often wonder how these items make it into their rooms in the first place." UNITE makes every effort to reunite students with their belongings. Those that can't be returned or remain unclaimed are donated to charity shops and recycling agencies.

Unclaimed pets are always found a good home.

Students can browse, organise a viewing and book rooms for the 09/10 academic year by visiting w w w. u n i t e - s t u d e n t s. c o m / s t udent-accommodation-huddersfield or calling 0845 602 9984..

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* TOP 10: Snakes and a scuba diving suit are included in the chart of the most unusual items students leave behind * DEM BONES: It's scary some of the things students leave behind them - a student housing group survey has unearthed
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 25, 2009
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