Carl Barat relives his accomodation horrors

Singer advises student how to get a good gaff

Dirty Pretty Things frontman Carl Barat has revealed that in the first flat he ever shared with ex-Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty you could only get in through a broken back window!

Giving accommodation tips in the 2006 NME Student Guide, the star reveals he’s had his fair share of dodgy places – but it’s the Camden, north London pad he shared with his old friend which provided the most painful memories.

He said: “I was sharing rooms in shared houses with my old best mate, but the first time I lived with Peter was in a place on Camden Road called Delaney Mansion. It was £60 a week for a ‘60s bedsit and the only access was through a back window – and it was broken.


“Me and Pete slept top-to-tail on a single mattress and there were some cyberpunks upstairs. You know, those people in Camden who have got plastic straws for hair and are all on speed at seven in the morning? Them lot.”

And Barat had some sage advice for those looking for a place to stay while they study.

He stated: “Don’t get bullied, basically. Do it by the book and above board.”

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