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Other than having the best location the plaza is awful. The cleaners come when they want, we had two new flat mates and weren't informed that they were coming we just met them one day when we walked into the kitchen, the blocks are riddled with lava insects underneath kickboards and the staff and very unresponsive passing messages on to different employees who do not prioritise the requests. In the communal area that had a tv, throughout the whole year of me being there it never worked. Definitely not good value for money, £6000 for something I could get for a lot cheaper elsewhere!
A lot of international students here, which is good for the range of culture but a lot of them are very loud and rude. My flatmates were Chinese and couldn't speak English well at all and made my living here miserable, constantly slamming doors and screaming on the phone at 3am. It doesn't help that the walls are paper thin and all interconnected by one long air vent. The windows aren't noise proof either so you get all the traffic noises and delivery trucks for the Premier Inn and Nisa banging things at 7am. Definitely not worth the money, I feel cheated because I've spent the year miserable here, having to wear earphones with music to sleep every single night. Waste of time.
Living at the Plaza is good. It's very close to campus, shops and clubs and bars. The plaza maintenance team is good, reporting a problem and they do tend to solve it. however I have had many problems here, from noise levels on a night, to smoke from smokers in my bedroom. The staff at the plaza are absolutely useless, rude and very unhelpful. they don't care about any student here unless you see them everyday and become friendly. I complain every week about noise levels outside reception from groups being loud. they have never once sorted or tried to sort this, and probably never will do. Problem at the Plaza? You'll have to deal with it yourself. all I'm saying is if your flat is above reception or on lower floors good luck sleeping!!
Lived here for first year, constant problems with waterworks (off for a few hours every week) eventually leading up to the flooding of the entire building where we were evacuated. Then put up in good hotels with £35 worth of expenses on food, non the less the whole situation could have been avoided with suitable contractors on fixing the continuous water problem (cheaper contractors chosen). Highlighting a clear disregard for the tenants as this was a recurring problem throughout the semester and I believe happened the year before.
the staff are very attentive and will help with any request you have, but sometimes this can be a little over board as they are disrupting vital services, such as water and wifi, in order to make improvements when the services were perfectly adequate to begin with
The Plaza is a fantastic place to live and socialise with lots of different people. It's extremely close to campus making it easier and less stressful to find where you need to be going in the city. from The Plaza it's only a 10 min walk to the main city shopping and there are also supermarkets a 2 min walk away. The only downside to the Plaza is that the staff members don't seem to try and deal with the problems people tell them about if they don't seem serious, for example noise levels from other flats they're not fussed about, even if this is early hours of the morning and it stops you sleeping They just need to approach problems and try to solve them in a better way.
The location was amazing but there was far too many internationals staying there to ruin your student experience. They are loud and rude and most don't speak English. You are able to make friends there but I'm mostly having to travel to Marsden House because the environment there is more suited for a student.
Lived here first year, so close to city campu, you can roll out of bed to your 9ams if you make them. Close too all the clubs etc too. Wifi never dropped out during endless tv binges and Netflix n Chilling. Gym is basic but decent, and the flat parties are good social opportunities. Only small issue is the homeless gathering every morning by the bins.
I'm currently living in the plaza, to be honest it is probably the worst place I've ever lived. The staff are completely useless, they really could not care less about students living here. If you've got a problem, you pretty much deal with it yourself, even if it's life threatening. They take weeks to reply to any email and when you try to book an appointment, it's not the easiest thing. I would not recommend this to anyone who is serious about their education and wellbeing as it is the worst place to live in.
I stayed in the plaza during my first year at university and to be honest it ruined my university experience! I was placed in a flat with people I found very difficult to communicate and live with and even after complaining several times to the reception staff (who spend more time playing ping pong in the back room and having a gossip rather than helping people out) nothing was done about it. It's completely over priced, I find it disgusting how they can charge the amount of catering halls when they offer nothing for the money (they do not even provide a television in the living area). The social side is ridiculous they have 2 televisions in the common room (I wouldn't even call it that) and they offer a weekly film night (which is mainly filled with the staff gorging on pizza! I have also seen other people trying to find someone to move into their room so they can leave (which the staff do absolutely nothing to help) so i'm clearly not the only person who is unhappy.