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This review was written for the years of 2020/21. Due to COVID, this review will be far more critical than I initially expected. Some issues brought up might not be applicable to the accommodation in the years after COVID. Liberty Park was not worth the money, the GYM and the common room were both closed the entire year while still charging us the same price as last years. For those that have no use for a GYM, but still want their own bedroom and bathroom I suggest you look elsewhere. There is a noise problem depending on where you are situated inside the building. The sound insulation is abysmal, even with the window closed you can hear people talking on the streets and your flatmates in the kitchen. I recommend people book the south or east rooms since there isn't much traffic there and none at night, the washer and the dryer are serviceable, but would recommend to share washes with flatmates to save money. The best part about Liberty Park is the Wi-Fi which is great and stable.
Been staying here for 5 months now and really like it, I was afraid when I read alot of reviews about the rooms and thin walls etc.. but I myself have had no problems. Onsite 24hr security makes the place feel safe, the walls although mentioned they are thin by others are not that bad. I barely hear my flatmates and when I do it is minimal. The housekeeping check every few weeks how clean the kitchen is which is great for messy flatmates and the availability to book again for next year in a discount makes it even more appealing. Only a 5 minute walk tops to dmu is great meaning even when it is pouring with rain you are not soaked by the time you arrive. It is also perfectly situated with a short walk to Lidl, just over the river and a 5 minute walk to the king power football stadium which is a great place to work plus they hire alot of uni students so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. I feel very at home here at liberty park and would highly recommend staying here to anyone.
Staff work well with everyone and respond quickly. However, too many things often go wrong. Space of the bathroom is terrible, the kitchen maintenance is horrible and are dirty upon arrival. Lifts are dangerous. Not a very clean space either. Located next to the DMU campus which is cool but there are definitely more cons about this place!
It's not that bad. but could be too expensive. You have much better choice like CODE which is near to TESCO and applegate that located in city center and these accommodation have very nice room with the cheaper price. One more thing, the bathroom of Liberty park is look similar to the one on the airplane.
Living here was a bad choice. The walls are so thin so you'll hear EVERYTHING your flat mates are doing. They say you're allowed to use the car park for guests but you'll find yourself arguing with security about why they should be let in. And they can't stay overnight which is just ridiculous so you have to have guests park on the side of some random road when a safe car park is empty yet not allowed to be used. Pathetic. They rob you of your deposit for things that aren't even damaged and they just want to take even more of your money. The rent is so so high, you can find much better for your money. The bathrooms are ridiculous. If you're over 5ft, you won't be able to shower comfortably. Maintenance are alright but I've had a broken window vent all year. Was supposed to be fixed on my first week living there but maintenance never did come back with a new part. The windows are so thin so prepare to freeze in the winter. The heating is also rubbish as all my flat mates agreed.
Do not book here. Actual hell. CONS *Flat mates bathroom had a sewage smell for 2 days *toilets kept running *kitchen sink leaked twice *tap made a groaning noise *WiFi always goes off *been without hot water for three consecutive days *bathroom's are like plane toilets even down to the nasty colour *fireworks were being set off in the court yard and security said they could do nothing *courtyard rooms will get no sleep as volume outside is shocking *laundry always comes out the dryer smelling and wet *lifts jolt and doors take two attempts to shut *expensive for what you get *fire alarms are quiet and difficult to hear from rooms so heavy sleepers wouldn't be woken *kitchen had food remains when I arrived * windows are drafty and can smell the smoking area and I'm on floor 6 PROS *parcel system works
Never any hot water, sometimes water didn't even come out the sinks or weren't able to flush the toilets. this is absolute nonsense, now that I'm leaving they are trying to make me pay for stains on the wall that were already there.
Cons: Probably a little overpriced I feel, given the rooms and kitchens are very standard, however looking at a lot of other uni's accommodation, £117 a week isn't too bad in comparison. Also, courtyard can be very loud and the walls are NOT soundproof. Pros: Staff were the best I could have asked for, always willing to respond to any issues! e.g. I moved flats over christmas and they helped me all the way, and then they quickly gave my deposit back despite rumours they never do! The Halls are really sociable, lots of students and a large courtyard, they host social events in the halls common room which is nice! Overall 8.5/10 - clean, friendly, little bit loud, but thats uni all over
Definitely worth it! Liberty Park takes security very seriously and will make you feel safe 24/7. The rooms are in great condition and come with an en-suite bathroom, which unfortunately takes a bit of getting used to, as it's a tad small. All-in-all a great place to live though and with the rewards you are getting for staying more than 1 year it's well worth the money.
The rooms are basic and expensive compared to student housing, and the staff fraudulently claim for damages to be taken from deposits, not only does the work not need doing, it is not being done but students are still being charged. I was personally charged £30 per wall to repaint the kitchen which I later found out was not repainted, friends I met at Liberty park also agreed with this. Also the social room is terrible when compared to somewhere like Code, it is quiet and poorly run.
Good security and regular (but not too regular) checking of cleanliness of communal areas which is good when you dont want to nag/argue with your messy flatmates. The big courtyard is a brilliant social space and makes meeting new people easy in freshers week. It also makes it a great choice for smokers since its right outside your front door. Lifts and disabled access everywhere. Downsides, thin walls between flat mates and the courtyard can be noisy at night, especially during freshers week(s). Nothing thats not common to pretty much all halls. Most flats are unisex and are for 4-5 people. You can choose specifically to be in a unisex flat too.
for what you pay for the rooms you'd expect more, the ensuite bathrooms are like pods. Cleaning? Of course we do that ourselves with weekly inspections and at the end of or stay so really we just do that. Common room was a bit tucked away, hardly ever used it. Management and maintenance were good, if you put in a complaint or had a question they were quickly answered. Unfortunately we had issues with our oven and fridge which wasn't the best. The best part was the podium that seemed more the social place than the actual common room
-very strict on letting friends in/parking overnight -the 'common room' was not good and therefore was never used -people left their bin bags in hallways and doorways a lot -a lot of deposit was taken for minor wear and tear -can be quite noisy but not social