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One of only a few accommodation sites linked to DMU that still charged the full amount for the 3rd rent payment in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. All other either cancelled this payment or reduced it. This accommodation is nice, but HOST seldom care for the well being of its tenants, same goes for the building owners, a multimillion pound company with trustees registered in the Channel Islands, a well known spot for tax dodging. Communication with this company can only be done through HOST since the building owners only have physical addresses listed. Rest assured should prospective tenants find themselves in a similar situation to us, any concerns you might want to voice to the building owners through HOST will be promptly binned, and you will be met with the same copy and pasted, unsympathetic response from the hall manager. Profits come before people at The Glassworks.
For a company that's webpage is full of content related to how students wellbeing comes first, this is obviously not true. Money is the only thing that matters. As most of the services offered by the halls are not available due to the Covid-19 lockdown I moved out in March. Despite me not living there, Host are still unwilling to come to any new arrangements about the rent from April - June. Having looked around for accomodation for next year I have realised that the Glassworks is very over priced for what you get. The only benefit is its location, all the other factors can be found elsewhere for far less money. For instance standard wifi is poor and you need to pay extra for a decent connection. I would recommend those considering accomodation with Host next year that they look around as they will get far more for their money.
Host obviously do not have student wellbeing as their priority. During this COVID-19 outbreak we have been forced to leave and students and family members have lost our jobs due to the government closing most things. Host however are still making us pay 1.3k in rent. Some students are struggling during this unprecedented time and there has been no sympathy from them or glassworks. We have emailed them many times as a collective and still received no adequate response. We have had to take some drastic measures such as rent strikes and making petitions to hopefully get through to them. They are acting as if upholding the contract is the most important thing to do when they themselves have breached their own contract, due to COVID-19, by closing all of the facilities and common room that we pay extra for in the rent, that they still want us to pay.
One of the nicer student accommodation at DMU, meaning slightly more expensive but it's pretty new and the aesthetics are good. Wifi is fast, room sizes are adequate, the common room is big and stylish. The guys who work there are friendly, chatty (sometimes a bit too much), and are helpful. There's free printing in the study area and there's also a cinema room. The walls in the flats are a bit thin though, meaning you could hear certain activities at night. Also the lift in C block is out of order a lot. The only thing which could truly tamper your experience are your flatmates.
I've really enjoyed living at Host this year! The common rooms are huge, and the staff have been really helpful. I'm in a shared flat and share my kitchen with 5 other people. For the size of the flat, the kitchen and lounge are a good size and my bedroom is a good size too.