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The halls (newarke) are well located for DMU and the square mile. The major drawback/problem is the lack of supervision of the building and courtyard/social areas over weekends in particular. There is a considerable amount of anti-social behaviour that goes on unchecked, such as smoking cann&&&& , excess drinking, very loud music and groups of lads hanging around. In part, this is due to Newarke not being staffed at night. There needs to be more done to make sure this is not an intimidating environment for students, particularly female, and foreign students completely new to the UK. This does not create a good impression. Also, the dorms can be mixed, which can present problems for students. There is also an issue with Rats running in the bushes/outdoor areas. I was told this was due to location near the River, however more can be done - proper bin areas, more supervision and maintenance of these areas.
I HATE THIS PLACE SO MUCH I WOULDN'T WISH IT ON ANYONE. I have been living at Neworke Point, Leicester from 2018 - 2019. The only 2 good things about Unite Student Newarke Point is that it's right on campus and the staff are really friendly. The bad things about unite students is that the accomodation is CRAP the worst I have ever lived in. 1) The walls are to thin aspecially I had to live right next to the kitchen with 4 other girls that acted like 10 year olds. 2) The Rent doesn't fall in with Student Maintence Loan and now I have an outstanding overdraft I have to pay back to the Bank (£930.40) canculing the Direct Debit doesn't make bloody difference. 3) You can't choose who you live with. 4) Delieveries takes them about a week or more to actually give you your packages. 5) I HATE THIS PLACE SO MUCH I WOULDN'T WISH IT ON ANYONE.
When I arrived things were broken such as the Ethernet port for my computer and the window wouldn't open, this did get fixed within the first week and I received an apology with chocolates. There are issues with maintenance and cleaners just walking in the flat without knocking or saying anything. For example I have had a guy walk in my room whilst i was in a towel to check plug sockets, with no apology or anything. They have keys and let themselves into your rooms. We did also have a guy break into our flat which security were aware of to look out for but we did get robbed, luckily the things taken were replaced through insurance. I would say value for money is pretty poor as things are missing and break easily and the rooms are pretty small. I'd recommend somewhere cheaper.
An absolute nightmare experience to say the least, no maintenance done, "cleaning" done once every two months, unapproachable staff, it is now January and I have still not received my letter box key. Wifi horrible, ping-pong table in reception always broke in someway or without equipment to use. Wish there was a zero star option as 1 is too good in most cases
Internet is great most of the time and the location is brilliant. The rooms are pretty nice but you can get better rooms for much cheaper in other accommodations. The staff are pretty miserable and ignore the 24hr security, they don't have enough staff to cover all the locations so you'll get security some of the time or they're a phone call away, well you get transferred to a couple people then security is sent. Cleaning is pretty poor but can be okay depending on who you have. The social environment is rubbish, other halls are much better. It's alright for your first year but make sure you want to spend this much money...It's pricey for what you get. Oh, the guy that runs the places, he only wants money, genuinely doesn't care about customers. even the staff will tell you that one. and bring your own kettle, the one's they've started providing are rubbish. My main advice, don't be fooled by your first show round, it just looks nice!
Keep to the standard rooms. The upgrades cost alot more for not much. If youre over 6'3 like me your feet will hang off the end of the bed . Laundry system is down alot. Since it isnt coin operated either all machines are broken or none at all. They're expensive aswell £4.50 per wash ans dry. The interest speeds are OK, no need to pay for the upgrade. Depending on where your room is you could either have your whole room open to the rest of the accommodation or you get a lovely veiw of the river sour or a street. If you have a room facing the river you always hear drunks screaming and singing aswell as cars with loud exhausts. Beds are uncomfortable. The desks are large with lots of space, a normal sized wardrobe and wall mounted shelfs . Aswell as drawers, a bed side table and alot of storage under your bed. If you have a computer with 3 monitors they should fit well on the desk. There alot are sockets however not very well placed. I have almost reached word limit. I will Cont.
Fantastic place to live in your first year! Location is perfect... Living on campus means you'll never be late for lectures also it's situated 5 mins away from big tesco and 5 mins away from town! I loved my first year at Newark Point! Beautiful large rooms with fantastic views of the city
WiFi is free and included with the room and at night especially it can be very quick. The cleaning isn't so good, with our Kitchen being cleaned very badly most times. The halls are also very expensive, and we don't even get double beds.
rooms were ok size wise but the on-suite made up for it. Brilliant way to make new friends as you start uni,Staff are helpful and if you ever have an issue, talk to the downstairs office and they will have an engineer up asap. Very friendly staff, good atmostphere, and most of all SAFE! scanned in keyfobs mean that noone can get in your flat without your consent. couldnt recommend the whole student halls experience any harder than i already do.
This accommodation is really expensive so if you're on a tight budget it's not the best option. It's located very very close to campus and the Queen Elizabeth Centre (where they have a gym) which is nice. The rooms are lovely but definitely overpriced and I've seen that prices have actually gone up for the people who are starting in 2015 which is rediculous. All in all I've had a good experience at this accommodation and the main reason why I'm moving from it is because it's so expensive.
The rooms are defiantly not worth the amount you are paying for and the walls are way too thin as you can literally hear the conversation from the room next door. The only good thing about this place is that it's on campus.
Overall, the flats need renovating, paying over £120 a week for a place which makes you feel you're living in the 90s. Management also refused to acknowledge the fact that one of the flat mates was the cause of damage to a window of our flat and thus forced us all to fork out to pay for it. Overall, not a positive experience living here, the only bonus was its location.
Living in halls I have made three very close and wonderful friends. One of our flatmates unfortunately wasn't as sociable. Although Unite offers free breakfast downstairs in the lobby this is very basic. The cleaners rarely come up and it is ourselves who have to do a thorough clean each week rather than the cleaners. Also I have only made friends in my flat... I barely know anyone else who live in the same halls. The price we pay is ridiculous, the only upside is that we are given large rooms and our living space is big with beautiful views. I do not regret living in halls but I wish there were more social events to help find a greater group of friends.