|Chelmsford Student Village||#1|
|Peter Taylor House||#2|
Accommodation in Cambridge
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Horrendous, having dropped my daughter here expected her to rough it but was shocked how rough it was. Rooms need a total overhaul wouldn’t put my dog in the room being offered and the room did not reflect the room we were shown on the open day. There was a hoover in the kitchen with no hose or brush (how are students expected to keep their rooms/kitchen tidy?? The bathroom had black staining throughout where mould had been wiped away but not painted. Black mould around the window. Filthy shower panelling, filthy black stained bathroom floor. There was also a large hole in the wall through to insulation. She has been put in temporary accommodation in another block away from Peter Taylor House until they’ve done the remedial work. This is not a good start to my daughters first year at university as she is not in the block where her fellow students are, this has made it very difficult to for her to be able mix, settle in & socialise with her fellow students. DISAPPOINTED
My friends and I recently stayed in Peter Taylor House for a few days for an event which was hosted at ARU, and honestly we couldn't wait to get back to my own homes. The beds were very uncomfortable, and whatever they wash the sheets in triggered allergies in me and several of my friends (stinging eyes, blocked noses, a couple of us even had a little bit of blood in our snot.) The walls and carpets also had stains on them. One of my friends tried to open her cupboard door and it just fell off. Some of the bathrooms had mould on the floor and inside of the door, and there was nothing keeping the shower area separate, so the entire bathroom floor got wet every time we showered. The shared kitchen smelled quite bad, and one of the fridges hadn't been de-iced properly before being switched off, so there was a massive water puddle in the middle of the kitchen floor. If we wanted to stay for longer, it would have cost £49 per night, which we feel was honestly not worth it at all.
My kitchen was relatively clean because I had amazing people who shared my kitchen with me. They are all respectful and if ever there was a clash, we would talk it out and everything would be fine. I got on way more with my friends from Halls than in my course!
If you can avoid it, don't stay in university accommodation. The accommodation service do not care about anything. At one point we had mould in our kitchen and I had to get the local government involved before they would do anything about it. If there's anything broken in your room and you can live without it, expect a 6 month waiting period. Also their "emergency" repairs take like 2 weeks.
Don’t stay during summer school. I stayed there while attending summer school and it was worse than terrible. The windows can’t open, the ventilation in the bathroom don’t worke, so the room gets overheated and humid and you can’t sleep properly . On top of that everything is dirty and sticky. the place is really not fit to stay in.
Do NOT stay here in summer or whenever the temperature goes above 20c. The windows hardly open and there are heating pipes running through the rooms that cannot be switched off, so you need to add another 10c to the outside temperature. Ruined my stay for the summer school, even though it's on campus and the other facilities are ok.
Facilities is standard. I cant stand with the noise from a group of International students from certain country hanging out in the kitchen since afternoon till evening around 08:45pm shout and scream. Can we respect time. Some need quite moment to rest and study.
Good location and overall living areas. This accommodation has no social spaces as of yet, but I hear they are building one now (2017). What I liked about this accommodation was that the cleaning in the kitchen floors are done by a cleaning service a couple of times a week, while also taking out the trash, which makes it one less thing to worry about. If you report any issues, they are usually very quick and helpful but be aware that they operate according to urgency. What I found the worst about this accommodation was that there is literally no ventilation, so if there are more than 20 degrees outside you will die (the windows don't open very far). A lot of spiders and bugs. The post office in the building is only open one hour a day, and even sometimes the residential services forget to even do that. The lift also broke down A LOT. So if you are going to live here, choose a room that has a low number to avoid having to walk from the Ground floor to the 4th (like me).
You kinda expect that, once a new year hits, the rooms will be cleaned thoroughly for the new students that will arrive there. Dated (but functional) furniture, and the shower doesn't have a hose or anything just a head on the wall, but at least it's an en-suit bathroom. Good by "student accommodation standards", bad by "Room to live in" standards.
The halls are above a nursery and have no common room with dated and damaged rooms and small cramped kitchens. Windows do not open so are stupidly hot. maintenance takes for ever. my room used to flood and another had its heating permanently on. Parties are not aloud even though there is no su bar.
The only good thing was location. Overpriced, they get around giving you your deposit back by dy describing it as "advanced rent" ie rent for months you can't live there. Maintenance is poor, cock roaches and maggots but we were told it's not their problem