I recently moved in to a (housing association) flat on the middle floor and have neighbours below, above and to one side. The neighbours above and to the side I rarely hear, however the neighbours below, I can hear talking, doors closing, drawers opening & closing, coffee being stirred, a very squeaky door, music, the list is endless. Most is not particular loud, it's just constant and getting very annoying.
The floors were lino tiles when I moved in and I've had brand new carpets and underlay put in, but it's made no difference. I then realised that the noise is actually coming up the walls. Mainly the brick wall facing outside, and the wall between myself and next door (I imagine this is a supporting wall). All the other walls in the flat appear to be plasterboard, although if I put my ear to them I can still hear downstairs. I did find brick behind one of the internal walls while putting a shelf up, but there was an air gap between the plasterboard and brick, which may be why the noise is less up these walls.
I think another factor is that upstairs has carpet, but it sounds like downstairs has laminate flooring so everything they do just travels along the floor and up the wall.
I'm guessing I'm going to have to do something to the walls, but not being my property I'm quite limited. I found a company which does latex wallpaper and claims that this is the solution, but at £74.95 for five square meters, plus another £12.95 for the adhesive I'm a bit apprehensive.
Wow! You sound as if you live in the same block as me! Same details - housing association etc. I can hear everything and it's driving me to despair. I was wondering if you had any luck with finding a solution? I'm surprised nobody's replied. Somebody once told me it was where they hadn't sealed the holes properly that run vertically up the walls for the pipes etc. It made sense, because the sound comes from usually one point in the room. I'm very tempted to find the gaps and bung a load of expanding foam in there! Does anyone know if that is feasible and if it would work?