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24 New Wharf Hall Reviews
I lived here from 2013 to 2014 and didn't really have much of a choice because I was a foundation student. Having a single bed was quite disappointing but I got used to it, our kitchen however was absolutely tiny and as a block we had no communal space at all. I lived on the top floor of the furthest block and I really think the uni needs to install an elevator because taking your shopping up those stairs was awful and moving in and out was almost impossible. This being said, the staff we had working at new wharf were fantastic and were always there for anything if we needed them, although the hall manager wasn't great. I heard last year that all of the staff who would come and do checks on the students and have safety talks with us were made redundant which I was very sad to hear about and I think students will suffer without their support
Worst halls by miles, constantly harassed by the staff and regularly fined for next to nothing, cleaners do very little and the "hall manager" was very rarely in the office. The likes of the radiators and cookers are older than time itself and do not work. No social area, nor anyway to sit comfortably in the flat. Mice infestation which we were not told about. Constant building work in the morning which wasn't mentioned in the contract. Two cupboards in the kitchen are useless and can not be accessed. Broken things replaced with more broken things i.e cooker. No ventilation, extremely warm.
Half way through term we had a mice problem, I was on the third floor and they still got in. People in the office are rarely there when needed. However, staff are nice and friendly especially the maintenance bloke who is willing to fix things or replace them. In terms of location you are only a few minutes away from De Montford and its a short walk to get to town and Tesco is just round the corner.
Hall manager never there so people can't get parcels. Cleaners turn up at like 8 am when people are sleeping and have loud conversations. Local restaurant bars really loud and ensure plenty of drunk people pass by early in the morning on a weekday. Ontop of that, the uni begin construction work right next to the accommodation, so daily construction noises beginning at 7 am every day happens.
For £99/pw nobody expects the lap of luxury, but New Wharf barely meets the most basic of expectations. I attended 2 open days & New Wharf was the only hall that was unavailable for viewings. There are no social areas whatsoever, except for the painful wooden chairs in the kitchen. The staff treat students with utter contempt, waltzing through your flat randomly, usually to try & find something to issue a disciplinary for, constantly interfering & patronising. The fire alarm is tested at 8:45am every Monday almost as if intended to punish. The shower-heads are terrible. The whole building is too warm all of the time. DMU host a graduation event in the car park & build a huge metal structure which takes days & is extremely noisy. You'll need a thick mattress topper if you don't want to wake up in pain every morning. WiFi strength is different in every room & always slow. There were rumours of mice in one flat which were confirmed when traps appeared in our flat with no explanation.
First off the rooms themselves: the desk size is reasonable, which almost makes up for the impressively uncomfortable chair, and the impressively crappy mattress. There is reasonable storage space in the room, although all the furniture does feel unreasonably cheap and somehow rushed. The kitchen's the same, with awful fittings and appliances that WILL break. The shared bathrooms can only be described as "grim". Also everything's lit (even the rooms) with fluorescent bulbs. Yay. Also expect windows you can't open properly and a broken storage heater. The staff are kind of a joke: the cleaners don't do their job properly (ever), there's almost never anyone in the office, and the maintenance swings from genuinely fast and effective to incompetent. The security varies too, with some being friendly and helpful and others being smarmy control freaks. There's a lot more to complain about, but don't let this put you off the FIAD course, which is so worth it.
this place is so bad to live in! the rooms feel like prisons, kitchens are terrible, building is too warm, they're too cheap to install a lift so living on the top floor is a nightmare, the shower room and toilet are old and pretty much what i imagine prison to be like. the fact that the rules are that nobody can stay over is pathetic. i think with paying them rent and so much of it for such a shit place, i should have been entitled to have a guest over if i chose to. after all i am 23 and have been living independently for 2 years. it is very restricting. not to mention the security staff that just let themselves into people's flat without even having the courtesy to knock. when i private rented, my landlord knocked if they came over, they never just let themselves in as they had some decency and some respect. staff here clearly have none. they do a fire drill/test every Monday morning so good luck with that also. don't live here unless prison is where you wanna be.
Horrible kitchen and toilets. Rooms are small and prison-like. Beds are like cardboard. Good sized social area in kitchen, good for having people over. StudentCom WiFi is rubbish, even if you pay extra for better service.