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Paid for a deluxe studio. Apartment itself is cramped but not terrible. The room smelled horribly and cigarette wafted through the windows at all hours of the day and night as there is an ash tray at the bus stop directly under the apartment windows, but its too hot in the Summer NOT to keep the windows open. Apartment came with a reeking dust pan covered in cigarette burns and no brush. The toilet seat was broken. Constant issues with water and pluming. Shower never worked properly even after several complaints. If you live in the "deluxe studio" you are forced to cart a heavy vacuum from the front office through courtyard and up to the apartment every time you would like to use it. Management is very unpleasant and unwilling to help and often hostile. Very disorganized system of management. If you do decide to rent here (I don't recommend) ALWAYS double check payments have gone through. If payments do not go through (by no fault of your own) they will make you pay a late fee anyhow.
Halls are located in a good location, being 15 minutes away from the city centre and ARU. However, management do not care when you have a problem! Some of my flatmates refused to tidy the kitchen to the point where nobody was willing to cook or sit in there because of how disgusting it was. Management did nothing about this situation and the most they will do is "flat inspections" which you are told about a week in advance and so therefore have time to tidy up the flat. Some management staff are friendly but they can be hostile and it can be intimidating when you have a problem which needs reporting. They also did nothing about fairly heavy drug use in my flat which made living there very uncomfortable and because of this I went home every weekend. I dropped out of ARU after my first term and this was significantly influenced by my living situation. I would not recommend CB1. It does have good points but the cons definitely outweigh the pros of living there.
What an awful company, I would never recommend them. Seems like they’re VERY quick to take your money, especially demand for it, but extremely slow to return your refundable amounts. Completely overpriced for what it is. If they’re so ‘short staffed’ to be able to even reply to my email about my money back, employ more people or stop standing around chatting in the office all day and actually get on with things! They have about 2/3 people in the office doing management work, and employ too little people to take on the amount of work that they have. The funny thing is, I've emailed them before and they replied within the same day, even the next hour, if not the next day, yet when I emailed a complaint or asking for my money back, they take over a week to reply (still haven’t heard anything.) and when I telephone: ‘sorry but we’re short staffed’? No, I think it’s just crap organisation skills, get yourself sorted before you try to manage the biggest accommodation site in Cambridge.
I paid for the deluxe apartment student housing in Crick 1 CB1, the word deluxe should not even be used when describing this cramped room but that's a small issue compared to the awful smell of smoke and the filthy room I moved into. The worst problem is there is NEVER enough hot water if you are lucky enough to have ANY hot water - the hot water issue has been ongoing since I moved in and when you call the housing department you a nasty lady with a very bad attitude telling you someone is looking into it with an additional snide comment at the end of the conversation. My advice to anyone coming to Anglia Ruskin is run don't walk away from this accommodation it's not even close to worth the cost which is particularly high!!!
Only just moved in but first impressions count. Premises team are friendly and helpful as were the reception staff. Overall, kitchen/communal flat spaces were moderately clean, bedroom/ensuite was better. Social areas, laundry etc were very clean and welcoming. Mixture of 1st/2/3rd yr students, everyone seems friendly too. Compared to rooms at some of the uni I’ve seen, CB1 is luxury !
overall, it’s alright I don’t fully regret living here. I have the worse flatmates ever but i’ll review the accommodation. The room has good facilities but it wasn’t clean when I moved in. It was so dusty and the mattress is horrifically uncomfortable. Good sized bed, wardrobe and desk and a decent ensuite though. I live on the station/bus stop side and it’s awful. I can’t explain how dreadful it is. The sound reverberates throughout your room and walls when the window is open. When the window is closed it’s not any better. I’ve woken up in the middle of the night assuming my window was opened because of the noise but it was closed so the windows are awful at keeping the sound out. I get woken up at 6am everyday as I have bus stop directly beneath my window. I can’t get to sleep until past midnight when the buses stop and then I frequently get woken up around 3am from drunks outside. Everything is only okay.
I am a first year student who received an email from the managers informing me I had been receiving noise complaints from other residents when I hadn’t made any noise in weeks. In this email I was informed of a drug use that I was supposedly involved in (in which I have never and will never do) as well as the “bullying” of flatmates. When I spoke to the manager I was informed of behaviour that my boyfriend had also done, which I can assure you never happened as I have been with him during every stay in CB1 he has had. Was disgusted at the lack of understanding the old manager had for me as he seemed to believe every word that my flatmates said, yet refused to listen to anything I had to say. The security guards once also tried to “bar” by boyfriend from CB1 when he was trying to open the door when it wouldn’t open for us after a night out? Beautiful building with great location yet senior and security staff weren’t pleasant at all. The ladies in reception were always lovely and polite.
Awful. Never go to any student accommodation in Cambridge, specially if you have a romantic relationship with someone. They will be really mean to you and won't talk to you personally but call you in at the Anglia/CRIC office immediately. Only one member of the staff is actually nice and fixes your problems the others will just be really fake towards you. A friend had one of her friends coming over and said friend got yelled at for no reason. Also you never know who your flat mates may be and they also may be mean and leave the kitchen dirty which you will have to pay for. If I could I would have moved after two months to a flat and never have gone to a student accommodation.
In all honesty for what you;re pay you're better of staying in peter taylor or swinhoe. Because the service i received from CB1 and what a pay isn't compatible. They will do anything to get money out of you. ANYTHING!. So think about it the rent is already expensive, you pay £250 deposit, plus £150 application fee, £50 utility fee and your rent, Cambridge is crazy expensive so if you don't get a lot of student finance you will struggle. on top of that i am letting you know now you will be fined for the smallest thing ever. And if you're black trust me you'll get it worse even if you clean your mess and turn into an anti social loser, you will get penalised and bullied. talking from experience, they won't even listen to what you have to say, and i'm not one to pull out the race card, but i'm talking from what i have experienced.
Great value for money, but management is awful.. the building is so noisy all the time (been threatened with an asbo) and the fire alarms can go off multiple times a day which is so dangerous as people dont go outside. Walls are paper thin and when you do complain about blasting music at 5am nothing is done. If you want a place which never sleeps come to crick house!
Not great value for money although one of the "cheapest" student accommodation places available. The staff sometimes rude and don't do very much to help you. Upon moving out, they take full advantage of taking as much of your deposit back as possible; and I'm not the only person who's had issues with this. Overall, they just want your money and as much of it as possible.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!