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The student accommodation is poorly maintained, and poorly managed, with repairs taking too long to be resolved. The location is poor, in a rough area of Glasgow, close to a canal (which does not seem safe for students). The social experience is quite good, but the walls are very thin so it can be difficult when others are talking in another room.
I stayed at Murano because I'd heard from absolutely everyone that it was the place to go if you wanted to make a bunch of friends and have a good social life, and that's the truth. I was in a small flat (4-5 people) but still made a lot of friends. Just by going outside your door, you run into people you know. There's always a party going on, and big parties like Halloween and post-exam nights are impossible to avoid. Whilst the location in regards to everywhere else isn't great (25min walk from uni, 50min walk from the city centre) Murano is it's own community and you don't feel isolated. The rent is pretty decent, because it does include everything (!!except laundry!!). Cleaning is entirely what you make of it. My flatmates were... not clean. However, I spent most of my time in my friend's flat in a different block, and him and his flatmates always kept their space really tidy. I stand by the claim that the showers are really good; the water pressure was excellent.
If you want to meet tonnes of great people, go out lots and genuinely have an enjoyably first year of uni then murano is 100%%% the place you want to be. On the other hand, if you like your own peace and quiet and don’t like going out then I’d perhaps look into other options. I struggled when it came to deciding what halls to go into (primeraly because I wanted my own bathroom and murano doesn’t offer this) but I decided to go for murano after reading that it was better for meeting folk. Honestly, I don’t know one person that genuinely had a good experience at other halls of resident (Queen Margaret, Furhill ect). They always ended up crashing at murano and always talked about how much they regretted staying where they did. Although it is slightly prisonlike, murano is definitely the place to be to make the most out of first year.
It's designed by a prison architect so prepare to live in noisy messy prison. I lived in Campsy House which was very quiet compared to the usual Murano experience. However, the cost is way too high considering how terrible atmosphere there is and how small and basic the room is (single bed, s*** mattress, can't open window more than two inches to air the room).
Genuinely great for social life and meeting people, and plenty of facilities including an amazon locker, 24 hour security guard & spare key retrieval, and good common spaces with computers to work and sofas/TVs to chill. BUT, white goods and showers fail constantly and are arguably unsafe, contractors/inspectors come into your flat at random times without warning, the heating never works, the WiFi is pretty patchy at times, the laundry machines often break, or take your money, or don't wash/dry your things properly, and the management will basically do anything to get as much money out of you as they can. The overall design of the place is pretty lifeless and if you live facing the main street then all the student street noise is captured and bounced off the buildings to amplify it. Have heard stories of showers/boilers still remaining unfixed since September. Some flats have been renovated and have cleaners, while some haven't and have no cleaners, and yet are charged the same rate.
This space is too short to write a proper review. Check out Google Reviews of this place. ignore: (kind of ridiculous that they need an email address to check that you are human. every amateur programmer can make a bot that uses mail addresses.)
Could do with some refurbishment and certainly doesn't come with double beds or ensuites but provides the best social experience you could want. The centre of all social activities and the place to make the best pals. Definitely go for large flats... in better condition and more people to get along with.
We didn't have any cleaning in our flat hence the review. Murano is absolute s*** but only people from Murano can say it cause we love it really. You'll meet the best people (people everywhere else are stuck up as f***) but everything else is lacking tbh. Needs wifi improved; needs common areas in the blocks and needs to be max £80 per week for what you're getting. Hall management wasn't bad but the amount of problems is awful, it once took 8 staff in our kitchen trying to figure out why there was a puddle on the floor and the plumber came at 2am. It's the best place for down to earth + social students, but don't bother if you can afford/are posh enough to be elsewhere.
The halls itself are not worth the money we're paying (as well as as unfair difference in quality, as students in newly rebirbished flats pay the same flat rate), and the facilities in the flats themselves are questionable (including; a cooker from the 1950's, not carbon monoxide detector, little hot water and very little cupboard space). However, as it's the biggest halls for the uni it's very sociable and I've met some really great friends. This is the halls for you if you're more worried about your social life than quality of life.
Murano is amazing for meeting new people, especially during freshers! There's always people out, and I'm in the newly refurbished halls which are very clean and modern- great value for money. The weekly cleaning service is very helpful too, and there's always staff and security in the central services building to help you and make you feel safe.
A fairly dirty depressing place which is in dire need of some refurbishment (eg oven and carpet). Good for a social life but a good walk away from everything, surrounded by Maryhill so you don't particularly want to be walking home at night.
Would absolutely thoroughly recommend Murano to anyone coming to Glasgow Uni. Hate to say it, but I feel that in terms of making new friends and getting involved with new social groups out-with my course, living in any other halls would have put me at a genuine disadvantage. Murano is just where everyone was and where everything happened!
It's falling apart, doesn't get enough work done on it...just enough to make it acceptable really, we're paying an extortionate amount of money for what we get...and the price is going up next year, and it's too far from the uni. The cleaners are nice though.