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Unite house is on the cheaper side of accomodation and is found in the city centre, this is good for rhe social side of uni as there is a lot of things to do but the walk to campus is up a hill or some really steep steps which makes turning up for 9ams a massive task. If youre with people who are clean the flat is good and the kitchen space is pretty big and accommodating for the flat. The cleaners come once a week and clean surfaces etc but if people have left stuff on the side or in the sink they wont clean it so being in a clean flat makes this experience better. The internet is reliable and i found that my flat made friends with the flats on the same corridor as mine which made the social experience really positive and i met loads of people who im still in contact with in my 3rd year. There is only the courtyard and one social room and one study room in unite and i found that alot of the social gatherings occured in peoples kitchens but these are pretty large so it works well.
Really good value for money and such a good location- just off park street so lovely and central but not on a very busy road. My flat was facing onto the street so we could sometimes hear a bit of noise at night (the O2 wasn’t open due to covid so I can’t comment on disruption from that). Good size kitchens and bedrooms, reception staff always lovely for collecting parcels and queries though there wouldn’t be someone on the desk at all times. Cleaners were very nice, they’d come every other week to do the kitchen & shared bathrooms. Really nice common room with space to study and relax (we weren’t allowed to use it some of the time due to covid) and mini cinema room. The best thing in unite for me was the social experience, great community feel with other flats- there are so many people in the building that it’s easy to find people you get along with and it’s easy to run into new people in the corridors/reception/common room/courtyard area. Wifi sometimes dropped out temporarily. 9/10
I am still in complete awe as to how this company can justify charging such an extortionate amount of money for something that is quite honestly a pile of s***. The rooms are small and the bathrooms are disgusting. The lighting in the rooms is a dim yellow glow so make sure you bring lamps. If you’re the sort of person that needs at least 8 hours of sleep to function, rule this accommodation out. Unite House is next door to the O2 academy and opposite 2 nightclubs, and is noisy every night. Bring earplugs! Kitchens are barely big enough for 4 people even though there are 7 in a flat. Only one stove so if someone else is cooking you will have to wait. Furniture is old and outdated and the curtains look like they were donated from a children’s hospital. Wardrobe and drawer space is extremely limited. The only positive about this accommodation is the location. I wouldn’t pay more than £110 per week for this accommodation yet they charge £156.
Absolute s***! First two weeks of moving in involved numerous power cuts at random occasions, culminating in a f****** EVACUATION as the fire systems were down, forcing everyone to sleep on the floor in another unite accommodation! (someone's flat FLOODED whilst this was happening!) Complete lack of organisation and a total inability to inform anyone of whats going on. Facilities suck, only two washing machines on my side of the building work and they are always being used (plus is £3 per wash!), chairs in the kitchen have screws falling out of them, the flush on the toilet broke the other day, and now today they are changing the fire alarms because we have been being woken up and made to leave the building at random times throughout the past few nights to faulty alarms going off!! Sure the location is great but its not worth the money at all!
Unite house has been one of the worst places I have ever lived. Nonstop noise from the O2 academy and the awfully designed courtyard at night and then constant noise from the building works which don't seem to ever end. They try and squeeze every penny out of you to live in their oversized toilet of a building and I hate it. Everything is broken and although maintenance is kind of quick, you'll be seeing them again tomorrow because something else will have broken. F*** this place if I'm honest and look somewhere else.
Location is fantastic and very close to uni, shops and everywhere you will spend your time. However very expensive considering the size of rooms, kitchen only cleaned once every two weeks and building work next door is very very loud and have been offered no compensation or apologies. Fines at the end of the year are also extortionate (eg £100 to re paint a wall which are easily marked by Blu tac). Not at all good value for money but very good location