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Modern hall near De Montfort University
Luxury furnishings and fully equipped studios
It's only 15 minutes from De Monfort University
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Worst decision I have ever made to stay here. The only positive I can take is the location which is on the doorstep of DMU and a 5-10 min walk to town. It is almost impossible to sleep at night as you get the drunk people spilling out of rileys and the surrounding pubs as well as loud boy racers. The reception is hardly ever open so don't expect to receive any packages on time as the 'back in ten minutes' sign is a permanent fixture. The maintenance is painfully slow as I had water pouring out of my ceiling at 5 in the morning but was not fixed for 3 days. kitchen appliances are awful and we were lacking a remote for the TV in the kitchen. Laundry is almost impossible as there are 3 machines for the entire building.
Do not live at the grange, there are two pubs around the area and there is constant noise. In addition there is a construction company as your neighbour everyday they wake you up with their machines and tips. It's horrible worst! place to live ever, I regret my decision everyday.
I don't know even where to start to be honest. If I knew about it earlier I wouldn't have moved in. It's easy to access to go to lectures that's the only positive thing I can mention. You never see staff around and when you do go and look for them for any enquiry they are never around, always with the message saying "we will be back in 10 minutes". One day I stayed for more than 45 minutes and no one was back to the desk. Very bad organised. The rooms are not worth it for the price. Very expensive with basically no walls because I could hear people conversations, people having sex even 3 doors away from mine and people just walking. Had sleepless nights in that place! Riley's downstairs makes it even worse, screaming at night, drunk people, fights.. a jungle basically. People I was sharin with were not friendly, dirty and very disrespectful (the bin could stay in the kitchen for more than 6-8 weeks stinking and the staff won't even take action of that).
Unless you don't like sleeping I wouldn't recommend living here. You'll be kept awake by either drunk people, hanky panky noises, cars revving, fights and occasional fireworks being thrown at the building. Location is good, walking to town is easy and walking into uni is less than 5 minutes to most buildings. The internet is awful, hardly works and when it does work it's just slow. The cleaners barely come when they're supposed to but when they do they don't even get the hoover or mop out or do any actual cleaning. Nice place to live if you don't mind the block door being ripped off it's hinges mid evening (didn't get replaced for about 15-20 hours after). The laundry room is ridiculously expensive and whenever you go to do your washing you have to wait because there's only 3 machines and the third doesn't work most of the time. Most of your kitchen appliances will be shockingly bad quality but hey, we're only paying £122 a week!
Stuck above Riley's with music all night and smokers right by your door. Communal area's never cleaned, washing machines often broken and my letter box was broken into and my post stolen and nothing was done after I reported it. Not worth the money at all.
The halls I stay in are very nice and extremely well designed. Although they are quite far away from uni, there are plenty of transportation options available. The biggest benefit for my halls is the social experience and making new friends.
On campus, 10 minutes from the city centre, within walking distance of all shops, really good atmosphere. The downside is that there is lots of traffic and hospital noise, plus the TV is on and off at times, I have enjoyed living here however depends on the other students you get put with, not enough room for socialising spaces. Need to improve on fire safety massively! (always freaks me out!)
The walls are very thin which is annoying if your flatmates are noisy! Especially with your room next to the kitchen and sitting room! Also the TV does not work properly in any of the flats, people have complained about the TV signal and they just put signs up saying that they understood but we're not going to do anything, the fire alarms get set off a lot, and I've had multiple problems with the water here, however it's close to the university and the room space is a decent size.