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My review is of DIGS Student Accommodation as I didn't end up taking up my accommodation which was reserved at Storthes Hall. DON'T reserve accommodation through DIGS unless you are totally 100% positive you will be taking up the accommodation if you achieve your grades. If there's even a small chance you might choose another uni DON'T sign the contract for accommodation. You CAN'T GET OUT OF IT and will owe them a FULL YEARS RENT!! The only way to avoid paying over £4000 is to sell your accommodation contract to another student (if you can). DIGS won't help you do this - they don't have to because you'll have to pay them anyway. DON'T SIGN UNTIL 100% POSITIVE.
Ok so the grounds are nice I guess. It's far away from anything. 20 minutes on the bus to the uni on a good day , no good for lazy people like myself. Dirtiest place I've ever stayed in think I used 7.5 bottles of bleach while staying here , some of the dirt had been ground in since the 90s. The cookers had been in there since around 2005 and took about an hour to cook chicken. Bins where never empty. Rats. Rats everywhere. All the rooms where outdated and infested with wasps and silverfish. Lots of people on ketamine (that where not horses). The walls where paper thin (notbody wants to here there strange bean stealing flatmate getting jiggy every night). The mattresses where old and stained with spunk. So out dated. Maintaince might as well if not existed , the so called club was dead alllll the time because apparently people like ket more than alcohol. To top off my experience I lived with a suicidal vegan who ate cheese.
Um the grounds were pretty. Apart from that worst f******* experience of my whole life what a s*** hole no joke. Silverfish and rats everywhere, pretty sure the cookers haven't been changed since 1999 and took about 3 hours to cook some chicken. Walls are paper thin nobody wants to hear their kethead roommate getting freaky at 3am. The place was full of druggys not just harmless pot smokers either. Everything was stained and dirty. The type of people I lived with liked to live like hobos. I literally have nothing good to say about this place. Enjoy the long ass bus journey to the uni and the spunk stained mattresses.
**IMPORTANT ADVICE TO ANYONE STAYING AT STORTHES** This time next year as a second year student you'll be skint and will want your deposit back. If you don't write down EVERY single detail about the place on your inventory form then they WILL withhold some of your deposit. Yours, A fellow poor student.
Great for meeting lots of new people and making friends! Also good value for money, one of the cheapest halls in Huddersfield, but you get what you pay for. If I was to live here again I would get a premium Room as the standard flats aren't modern and haven't been refurbished for years. Theres a few damaged areas in the kitchen on the furniture and the bathrooms don't look very clean. A lot of mould builds up on the roof in the bathroom and the hot water can go off occasionally. Some flats have had brown water coming out of the taps too. The laundrette isn't very well maintained. If you don't like having a lot of maintenance issues then don't go here. The Venue is great to hang out in and have a drink and they also organise some great parties! The alcohol is very cheap! I really like the reception staff as well, they are very friendly and lovely and they also give away some free treats occasionally! Although the flats aren't the nicest of flats, I've really enjoyed living here.
Storthes hall is the worst place I have ever stayed, do not book here! The standard kitchens that most blocks have are horrible, barely ever any hot water and when the water is on it's brown! It's too noisy, I'm all for the student life but it just takes it to the next level. It's too far out from huddersfield, you have to get a bus to get anywhere, over all it is just not a nice place to be, there are wasps nest growing in kitchens and no cleaning services are provided, there are much nicer accommodations in the centre for not much more money, it would be worth paying more for the better accomdation, would not recommend storthes to anyone!
Storthes is an amazing place to stay, besides being a little further from Uni the bus really isn't that bad, its cheap and usually runs on time I've never been late for Uni. It isn't the posiest gaff ever but well worth the money I think, you get a better social experience than anywhere else and meet plenty of great people! Staff are great, the Venue is OK - usually buzzing around freshers, and the rooms are just basic but worth it. I'd deffo recommend staying at Storthes, don't let the bad reviews put you off.
Brown water, rubbish dryers that don't dry your clothes, rubbish washers that struggle to clean clothes. Gym facilities are rubbish but the sesh. That's allright. Maintenance are rubbish. Reception staff are rubbish when they ain't giving free food. Venue is really good but a bit dead in terms of people that show up. Then you have to think.... it's cheap and it works. I don't regret living here I'm just disappointed because I feel like it has the potential to be the best in huddersfield.
When I first moved in, the rooms and kitchen was filthy and items in the rooms were damaged. The wifi is rubbish, it never seems to work.The location isn't ideal because it means catching a bus and when there's loads of traffic on an evening, it can take up to an hour to get back and also because storthes is so out of the way of everything, i found that it was quicker to go home for placement every week, rather than catching 2 buses. The social species are rarely used by students.
Storthes Hall started off as one of the best decisions when I moved in. Then came the maintenance problems. I spent 6 weeks with no hot water. Even now when the boilers have been fixed I have to shower at 2/3 in the morning to get a hot shower the plumber has been to my room numerous times and has said "it's these showers there's nothing I can do" thus leaving me in winter with no hot shower. Students blaring music at all hours when you're trying to sleep or do work. You're a 20 minute bus journey from uni and town sometimes they're running late or they don't turn up. They wifi is slow and the download speed is shocking so doing an assignment is made even harder. Not all flats have a social space our kitchen only had 6 seats and there's 8 people in our flat meaning we can't all be in the kitchen and have a chat or a meal together. However the social experience on site is one of the positives of staying at storthes hall the venue is a great place to eat,drink and be with friends.
Full of ket heads and drunk that's love to be out from 21.00 till 5am ideal for 9am lectures! Nice location, met some great people and some terrible ones. My biggest mistake was moving here. Don't get me wrong I like going out but not as much as my a******e of a flat mate that loved to play his load baseline all night and all morning. The walls are paper thin , the flats are outdated, ovens in there from the 90s , distance is 5 miles from the uni , unreliable buses , radiators don't work... On the good notes the grounds are lovely and tidy , the on site night club/bar is great... that's about it. Everything else is a bag of crap. Best thing I ever did was leave. If you don't drink , smoke , or if you value more that 4-5 hours sleep this place ain't for you
The bus service is my main reason for not staying next year. I've frequently had buses turn up 15mins late, no bus turn up at all. Resulting in late for lectures. Also I was told buses are every 15/20mins. Well that's a lie. By evenings and Sundays it's one an hour. And most of the day is every 30mins which makes organising your day incredibly difficult. For example going to shopping on a Saturday you've really got to time it right otherwise you end up waiting 30mins for a bus while your frozen shopping starts to defrost
Don't know why people knock it here I love my first year here. Granted yes there is a fair bit of noise. Buy yourself some earplugs and stop wingeing it is student accomadation after all you can't expect a 5 star hotel experience. It's a lovely place to live and such a nice location (as long as you don't mind the daily 10 min bus ride)?and friendly atmosphere:)
AVOID DIGS AND STORTHES HALL… Honestly don’t know where to begin, and can’t possibly sum it all up here, so I’ll just try and cover the basics. Firstly, the rooms are overpriced for what you pay and definitely do not look like how they do in the pictures (they show around the newer parts in the tour). Any faults reported were never fixed, like broken cupboard and mould on ceiling. Water was extremely dirty and serious issue with rats. Overall their contract very confusing and misleading, as I don’t think I’m the only one who is skeptical - http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/student-charlotte-dean-slapped-4600-8269485 when it came to getting the deposit back, they were extremely unclear about the conditions, and as someone else has previously stated, they really do try and squeeze every penny out of you.
AVOID DIGS AND STORTHES HALL… Honestly don’t know where to begin, and can’t possibly sum it all up here, so I’ll just try and cover the basics. Firstly, the rooms are overpriced for what you pay and definitely do not look like how they do in the pictures (they show around the newer parts in the tour). Any faults reported were never fixed, like broken cupboard and mould on ceiling. Water was extremely dirty and serious issue with rats. Overall their contract very confusing and misleading, as I don’t think I’m the only one who is skeptical - http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/student-charlotte-dean-slapped-4600-8269485 when it came to getting the deposit back, they were extremely unclear about the conditions, and as someone else has previously stated, they really do try and squeeze every penny out of you. Heating for the entire block broke down, meaning we had no heating for about 3 months (even when they said it was fixed, it wasn’t). They did offer additiona
STORTHES HALL PARK ACCOMMODATION, HUDDERSFIELD! Standard room with ensuite. £85 a week, guaranteed room so no need to apply through DIGS. £200 deposit already paid for! Email me at email@example.com if interested
Please under any circumstance, do not come here. Quality is terrible, crammed in like sardines, lack of facilities, then when you try get your deposit back at the end of the year, they will continue to try squeeze every last penny out of you. Do not recommend at all!
Storthes is perfect for a first year student who is looking to fit into new friendship groups as it gives you a chance to meet people other than just your future course mates. However, the standard of living is well below average and constant troubles with the water system and wifi make some aspects of living, near impossible. It would be slightly better if Digs offered a support in times of need (especially water troubles) but that is not the case. Staff are fantastic but rules are put into place by the organisation to allow for profit and nothing else. Would recommend for a year but no more and student needs to be able to care for themselves in bad situations. Fore example, situations where having fresh water may not be possible.
It wasn't ideal with the long bus journey every day, and I didn't enjoy not being able to use the water for large proportions of the year..... I also had some issues with reporting maintenance issues, which on occasion took longer than desired to sort out. It's also worth considering that the atmosphere is certainly vibrant and full of typical student activity!
Storthes Hall Park is a nice place to meet new people and gel as a first year, other than that it's a bit of a joke. They raved about this 'great student bar' which holds the 'biggest events in town' but they're a shambles in truth. The gym on site is only useful if you want to run and the shop is a complete rip off. The walls are as thin as paper, you can hear everything which isn't even coming from your own flat at times. Personally my shower was shocking, I had about 7 warm showers all year and the maintenance is basically gluing stuff back together. If you want to meet people then fair enough, go for storthes, only good thing about it. If you do stay there then make sure you write EVERYTHING down on your inventory saying all the problems with your room/kitchen. At the end of the year they literally look for anything to charge you for. I was charged £25 for a notice board full of blue tack which I had not used all year, which will most likely be like that this year.
I tried typing out an essay but there's a word limit so I'll just bullet point my experience. -Admin team at the University has been rude to me on more than one occasion. -Room was filthy when I arrived, wipes were black when lifted off the table -Mould and damp under my bed, desk, and in my bathroom. -Kitchens don't have enough cupboard, fridge or freezer space for the amount of people living in the flat. -Mobile phone signal is terrible on bottom floor flats. -Had water problems a few times throughout the year. -Internet is awful, unless you pay. I use an Ethernet cable and I can barely hold a Skype call. -If you prefer quiet, then I do not suggest living here, so many parties... -Launderette is expensive, in my opinion. The dryers don't even dry more than half the time. -Receptionists are nice and so are the people in the shop. -The woods surrounding the village is nice to walk around :)
This is the worst place I've ever lived. The halls are a state, there are rats everywhere, the water is BROWN and the staff don't care about any of it. There have been so many complaints and requests made to deal with the disgusting conditions and they are constantly ignored. I have almost dropped out of uni on several occasions because living here is hell.
Really expensive for what it is, in the middle of no where (great if you like walking not so great if you want to get to uni!) If there was a problem, would take approx 1 week to get looked at then more time to get it fixed. No maintenance had been done on the rooms so everything was breaking. The shop was incredibly overpriced and virtually everything was out of date. There was no common areas apart from the onsite "bar" which was cheap but always incredibly dead yet cramped. The internet crashed all the time (the ethernet port for laptops generally worked but that was about it). The bathrooms didnt have adequate ventilation so always smelled damp, causing the whole room to smell musty. Overall terrible experience, I don't know anyone who didnt try to get out of their contract! If they want people to live there, put a lot money into the buildings (make them nice), reduce rent to maximum £60pw (there are cheaper FAR nicer places in town), make the buses more frequent and maintain it!
Wouldn't advise living here, we've had issues of no water, no internet (which is annoying in the middle of doing assignments), and you are completely out of Huddersfield. Also, the party life, it's going to be the same whichever halls you live in. It also gets annoying towards the second half of the year, so don't pick based on that.
So the mattresses are unbearable, the wifi doesn't work, the shop is extortionate, there's several water problems, they make up sh*t rules so they can get money out of us, try to fine us for parking, despite there being no parking signs anywhere. Don't book here. You'll regret it and I'm trying to save you from making the mistake I did. Absolute joke of an accommodation.
It was honestly one of the worst places I have ever had the misfortune to live. To start is the 20 minute bus drive. Then the fact that the walls are made out of paper, so my flat was never quite and covered in mold. Also it looks like a set from a silent hill film err creepy. My kitchen or hall way was never clean and the people in my flat were little sh*ts. Bullying and anti-social behaviour was not dealt with at all on multiple occasions. To top it all of the entire complex was left without water for almost a month. My first year at uni was ruined by storths and I don't want others to have the same happen to them. The only good thing I can say is that some of the people you will meet are great.
It's alright, average I'd say, compared to other accomodation I'd say it's one of the worst. Many rooms contain damp that they just paint over, some of the kitchens are run down and have cupboards missing. The bathrooms are covered in damp by the end of the year. It needs a serious makeover! The 20 min bus ride to uni is ok, unless you finish uni in rush hour then prepare to be sat for over an hour. I wouldn't recommend this accomodation!
Storthes Hal, is excellent student accommodation for first year, there are so many students and a lot of events, including my favourite weekly quiz, giving you plenty of opportunities to make friends. I have a standard room which is a great size and furniture is nice, there is also plenty of storage space. All rooms have ensure bathrooms, which I find to be satisfactory. Also, although the halls are quite far away from the uni, there is a regular bus so getting to uni and town is hardly ever a problem.
It isn't the most expensive place, but even though I'm paying a reduced price of £89 a week, it's still not great value for money. At first, I really liked the location as it was out of the way of everything, but the buses are still quite a pain, so Storthes is only for the best if you're bringing a car. The only social space we have is the (tiny) kitchen, which only has one small table and six chairs for the eight of us. And if someone wants to cook, everyone is in the way. It can be a bit of a nightmare. The social experience, I guess, is okay. For the first few weeks. Everyone is in one place, and so it's easy to make friends. But then after everyone settles in, the constant flat parties can be unbearable if you're not into that. But if you are, I bet it's pretty great.
good for first year definitely, we're staying for a second year too. If you ask for something to be fixed/replaced, they will deal with it in a decent time as long as you do actually report it. Staff are (normally) friendly and the rooms are fine if you look after them. People moan about the state of the rooms but that's only because they leave food/wet towels etc which cause it to be in a state.
It's the place to be for first years to get to know people well. Value for money however the wifi isn't great and we had a few problems with the water. Other than that first years will enjoy their time at Storthes.
Having to pay for the halls though I'm not living there due to how sketchy their contract is. I went to a different university this year and they want me to pay. They do not help you find a new tenant either which makes it worse. The location of the halls is in the middle of nowhere. Just to get into town they provide a bus service which you still have to pay for, The showers in each room are pretty much non existent as the only thing that separates the toilet and the shower is a shower curtain. This shower curtain has two modes to it. If you barely make contact with it, it will never leave you alone and if you avoid it it will still touch you. So if you are a female and want to shave your legs in peace then this isn't the place for you. The social area within each flat consists of a kitchen and thats about it. They do have a bar on site, which if you are situated near the entrance of Storthes then you better get hiking because its such a mission! I'D RECOMMEND LITTLE ASPEY!
Absolute dump. Hundreds of rats outside, not hot water in an entire block, my ceiling started to leak with water, location is terrible, the busses aren't that frequent and the staff on site are very un helpful. If I had to choose again I would not pick this accommodation.
Honestly the best place to be, I absolutely love it...it's defintely the most social place and everyone is lovely. It's so easy to make friends the only downfall is the distance from town but even then it's cheap taxis for students and the bus service is great. The only social place in your flat is a kitchen which is a let down as it wild be nice to have a living room area and the wifi isn't cracking but overall absolutely best place to be.
it's boss for socialising and pre drinking at other flats/blocks before going out! the shower is disgusting and the curtain clings to you and floods the floor but it's an alright room in all! annoying how within the flat there's no where to socialise only at a table on chairs in the kitchen
The kitchen is big, spacious and comfortable however the fridges dont work meat goes off in a day same goes for milk. The rooms themselves are spacious and comfortable. The showers are much better than expected which is a bonus however the bathroom extractor fan frequently doesn't work. One of my flatmates had a traumatic experience were a pipe above here room burst flooding her whole room and took 5 hours to fix!!
It's an okay accommodation for first years as you meet loads of new people in the same situation amd there's a venue on site for you to go and enjoy a night out. The only downfall is the management. They don't do much when things are damaged other than blame you for it. They're friendly though!
Defiantly a good place for first years to stay. Lot's of other first years, good events and useful amenities. It's a bit out of the way but the buses are usually on time and good value for money. The buildings are out in the middle of no where but you will learn to love the fresh air on the morning when you're hungover!
I was there in 1999 as a first year student. It was very expensive at the time. Also, the facilities were drastically less than at other student residents. Although the vibe was good and fun to be around, rules like no morning jogging around the abandoned mental homes was pretty over the top.
Party capital of Huddersfield. The accommodation itself is quite awful. Cold/dirty water/run down rooms/overpriced shop only local shop. Social aspect is amazingly good. Amazing for patty goers, awful for none social people
Storthes Hall is fab for first years if you want that student party vibe. It's the bigger student hall in Huddersfield and many first years choose there. You have en suite facilities, but there no common areas in the flat except the kitchen, however there is an on-site pub/club. It's six miles out from the uni but has an excellent bus service for £15 per year. In my opinion, it's a tad too expensive to live there at £100 per week, but they've lowered the price for the year coming so it should be a lot better value :-)
The location of the site is a massive downfall with a 20 minute bus journey. Not only that the rooms are dated and faults and problems with the rooms are just covered up and not fully fixed allowing them to easily occur again.
Everything is broken and mouldy inside. Absolutely vile state. Is lovely outside on the grass, etc but being inside feels like an unrated hostel. Being so far away from any shops leaves you at a loss when the local store is closed (which charges extortionate amounts for everything apart from booze and snacks). A 20 minute bus ride into uni on a bus that only comes twice an hour is horrid and not worth it for even the low price of the rooms.
Although Storthes Hall is an idea accommodation for a first year student giving an oppertunity to socialise. The rent payments are rather hight , £99 a week for a small, dated room and a grotty, old kitchen is disgusting. Not only that but the price doesn't reflect the 20 minute bus ride too and from the university campus , although a bus pass is only £15 for the year the hassle and distance is not reflected in the steep pricing. The londis situated on sight is also very expensive and the atm machine in reception takes a £1.85 charge per withdrawal. When you are miles away from any other shops or facilities this is unnacceptable. Althought the on sight gym is well priced and offers a wide range of gpof exercise equipment and the halls are well set out in a nice rural position.
The room itself is lovely, I upgraded to a premium room so I pay £105 per week. However the kitchen is half completed.. Missing cupboards, we have a cooker.. That's rusty! We've complained numerous of times and been told there is no issues. Silver fish in the bathrooms, poor management... The water went brown due to a burst water pipe and we were kept in the dark about what was going on. Oh they gave us a 500ml bottle of water to keep us going for 3 days!
The halls themselves are old, tiered and looks ready to be knocked down. The social space is the kitchen only there's no couches or tv where everyone can get together. The shop always over charges and if things go faulty ie ovens or fridges you have to pay. It's way to far from the town Center, I would definitely NOT recommend
These halls are great for socialising, for example when you're a fresher. However, they are terribly managed. I've had a terrible experience here, the bathrooms grow mould and have silver fish. Also, every so often the water has turned brown for a couple of days, or just turned completely off for days.