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18 CB1 - Aston, Bragg and Crick Houses Reviews
It's an ok accomodation, although the staff are friendly, they do take a long while to follow up on any issues you may have. The internet is very overpriced and only allows you to use 2 devices unless you pay an extra £15 to get 4 more. There is also only one working ethernet port in each room. The fire alarm system is horrible and can go off 3 to 5 times a day at worst. Once every couple of weeks at best. You never know whether there is actually a fire or not and become desensitised to it. Cleaning and repair over the summer period are also almost none existent. The front doors also keep breaking far too easily!
Okay, SO. When I first moved in I loved it, it's modern, it's red, it's nice. The common room is great, although nobody reaaaally uses it... Staff didn't fix our broken fridge freezer or extractor fan, blocked sink and blocked alllll year after so many complaints - so you don't get everything you pay for. The price to wash your clothes is £3.90 for one wash and dry, but it doesn't really wash your clothes or dry them at all so that sucks. I'd hand wash if I were you - only I couldn't, due to a blocked sink that never got fixed. The fire alarms are A N N O Y I N G and sometimes go off at like 3am for a good 20 minutes. At LEAST 3 times a week. The neighbourhood is loud and keeps me up pretty much every night. The "24 hour security" don't actually answer their phone through the night. The buses and trains are so, SO loud and literally wake me up at 6am every single morning. The blinds don't actually block out enough light either. So overall, you don't sleep and everything breaks. Say no.
Where do I start? I'm all for a party but the area is extremely loud. I was top floor which was extremely hot and I had to have a window open. However this meant I could hear all the arguing going on below, partying etc until early hours. There was 0 control. I had a broken toilet which took 2 weeks for any one to sort out properly. I also had a broken oven which I was left without for 3 weeks (broken on arrival) and was given a cheap microwave to live with. Not great considering the £600 a month rent I was paying. And then, when I went home for the summer (but was still paying rent) all my remaining belongings were removed into storage (without my permission) and I still haven't got them back (including a large flat screen tv). And to top it off they moved someone else in my flat when i was at home without me knowing until they told me I couldn't go back for a week as someone else was living there. DO NOT STAY HERE. IT IS A JOKE. I am even taking legal advice on the matters.
Value for money: I'm a tight Yorkshireman so anything in the South is too expensive. Location: CB1 is a really nice development, lots of stuff nearby, and not too far from uni. Hall management/cleaning: Had no problems so far, we're a bit more civilised in Aston than the animals in Crick so it stays quite pleasant in between cleaner visits Common Room/Social spaces: Shame every building doesn't have a common room, we do like to socialize too, and there isn't so much a living area, just a couple of sofas in the kitchen. But,me make it work and it's really not an issue. Internet: 2 devices is not enough, and I really begrudge paying extra for things. The standard package is decent though, not had any major issues with the download speed and the connection is consistent enough. Overall: Pretty happy to be fair, yeah it's a bit pricey, but it's a nice place to live and not too far from anywhere of importance.
I have lived in Crick house for all three years of my course and I love it! I made some friendships that will last a lifetime. The rooms are nice you get a 3/4 bed and a bathroom so you don't need to worry about anyone else's mess. The kitchen can be a problem if you're living with messy people like I was in my first year... and difficult or loud flatmates aren't really dealt with by the accommodation team so noise/mess can be an issue. However I now live with only the girls from my first year and some new boys but the staff have placed us with students similar to us so we have no problems! The security team is much better than it was when I started uni (2014). The staff working in the office are lovely but can take a while to get anything fixed. If you're a fresher I would 100% recommend living here as you will meet amazing people who are always ready to have a good time! but you will need to be prepared for the noise levels.
I absolutley love the team at cb1 aswell as the actual accommodation. It's in a perfect position for students who travel long distances home as you are next to the station. I love this place and I'm living here again!! 11/10
CB1 is generally good with the rooms being a good price, less than most private and uni accommodations , quite close to the uni and transport links. the quality of the accommodation is good better than most here in Cambridge certainly for the same price. However there are some issues like yes its close to the university but crossing station road at peak times is quite dangerous, and yes it is close to transport links, however, those who are placed station side do say that they are kept up and woken up by the trains and busses. the quality of the rooms/ flats varies from flat to flat with differing quality of kitchen equipment and seating, The worst things are the lack of washing machines, 4 washers and driers for crick house causing people to do their laundry at obscene hours and the internet which is useless it is over priced and struggles to load youtube i have been forced to go to uni to work as the internet cant load up more than one tab at a time.