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I had many negative experiences during my year living at O’Shea South. Generally, I felt that the residents were not respected and taken advantage of financially, and that the property was poorly managed. Despite a few benefits (amazing view-depending on room, convenient location, and accessible for international students), I would not recommend O’Shea South. Here are some of the negatives I experienced, but the space is not big enough to list everything: -The building was poorly designed, with bad circulation (causing smell and over heating). -Management hard to contact to repair equipment. Often equipment not adequately repaired. Management threatened to charge us when equipment malfunctioned (which was often). -The property had a mouse and ant infestation. -Mould in bathrooms. -Ineffective vacuum. -Area is sketchy at night. It is next to a homeless shelter and on the same street as many bars. Lots of drinking and drug use in the area, with loud yelling many police visits
Overall the halls is close to my classes and has a modern feel. However, there have been ants in all the rooms and kitchens since the beginning and all the hall management tell us is to clean or report it to Engie, Engie doesn't do anything. The washer and dryer are coin operated and most of them rarely work. I live facing Holyrood road and there are two homeless shelters on the street and people are constantly screaming and shouting at all times of day at night from these facilities, let alone people just out partying. The actual design is alright, but for a project that probably cost a lot of money to the University it is not that great, they clearly don't know the correct materials to use that are durable.
I came here very apprehensive and stressed out, but the RAs are very well-trained and actually care about what they do and sorted out everything and made me feel very much at home. Everyone's been very kind and helpful. I have studied in England before, and have had to pay more than this for dingy, musty old rooms - in comparison, this is a palace with lots of facilities to ensure you have fun, can socialise and also learn. It's also great that they come to clean your en-suites too! Management has also been very courteous and kind and helped a great deal when I was ill. The location is likewise very convenient with plenty of shops within walking distance - with a Tesco just 4 mins walk away.
The worst place I have ever lived. Management are terrible and completely intrusive, there is NO privacy - people from the building are constantly coming into your room and nitpicking. The WiFi is terrible, things are constantly breaking and the management treat residents as cash cows, charging us for things which are not our fault. The management treat you like a child when they want to inspect you but expect you to sort every problem (like the heating and wifi not working) out with private companies by yourself. Please PLEASE do not live here. You will regret it.
Would not recommend. The inspection company is way too strict and they make comments which never been notified at first point, not even in the guideline provided when you moved in. They are inflexible and very uncomfortable to live in such a strict rule such as they prohibit hanging washings in your room.
O'Shea South is is just the new name for Holyrood South, and so this review is identical to the one I provided for the accommodation under that name. Significant variation in quality of life based on where you are in the building, mediocre facilities. Clearly the poor relation of O'Shea North. If you are given a room at the back of the property, you'll have the delights of local vagrants drinking and doing drugs in the street near your window, then screaming and swearing in the early hours of the morning. If you're on the ground floor, locals will slam your windows or throw things at them. We've had a student mugging nearby. Facilities are generally of good standard, but tumble dryers don't work. Probably much nicer if you're on the Holyrood Road side of the property, and not at street level, but I can't recommend from my personal experience, certainly not at this price.