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Awful place to live, would not recommend. Mice EVERYWHERE, to the point you would walk into the kitchen and see them scurry around. Management would do nothing about it, no matter how much you complain. Most the en suites are mouldy due to no ventilation. Completely anti-social, didn’t even know the names of the people living in the flat next to me. All they care about is the outside appearance (which granted is very nice) but not good when getting woke up by the lawnmower at 7am. Only good thing is there is 24/7 security and it’s gated access.
I am about to leave this accommodation after spending my first year here. When I first moved in, i was concerned that i wouldn't be able to meet anyone here as it is pretty silent. This did not change at all. Some people managed to group up and have loud parties but have any noise of your own and they will go absolutely mad on the groupchat. The atmosphere can be toxic to say the least. The flat itself is good, facilities all like there I guess, a few lights needed changing while I was here which they did promptly but it definitely hadn't been of exceptional standard. The bathroom is a wet room which has led to most rooms getting wood rot and wood lice in the bath room, and the shower curtain looks like it was worn as a cape by one of the ninja turtles. The security are lovely (although I do hear the nice one has to go this year because of poor treatment). Despite the massive gate surrounding the place several occasions people have jumped over and even broken in. It's ok.
I have stayed at Manchester Gardens (formerly Opal Gardens) for 7 months now and my experience has been mixed. PROS: - very friendly staff who were helpful through my stay - maintenance staff were good (shoutout to Bob) - location is ok, about 30 mins from Uni and 15 mins from Lidl/Tesco CONS: - *sigh* no wifi, not sure why this is the case in 2019 but I had an old laptop which I kept on 24/7 and used it as a hotspot (I tried setting up a router but they stopped it also tried a switch with mutiple ethernet cables but no luck) - this place is devoid of a social life, very quiet which for some people might be a positive. - en-suite is very small and mine and one of my flatmates had mould in it. Also the hot water in my shower would only last 10 minutes. - fridge was small and often had to cram in food and my flat only had 4 people all together. The kitchen and en-suite have old separate hot and cold taps which is annoying Overall I would avoid it.
If you're looking for an enjoyable experience at uni first year then do not come to Manchester Gardens. These halls are almost completely silent all year round which greatly outweighs any positive aspects of them.
I've lived here for a semester, and honestly this place is a total joke. There is no wifi despite it being almost 2019 (and the only way to do your laundry is by using an app via wifi or 3G/4G so if you are american and can't use data, you are SOL. There are swarms of flies in the entrances to buildings, the bottom bit of the bathroom door is molding from when the shower floods your bathroom, half the hob doesn't work, half the washers are always out of order, it's a 20 minute walk to campus, and the ONE bus that comes down the road is absolutely pathetic and never on time. Take your money some place else, because I sure wish I had.
PROS - all rooms en suite - the maintainence staff are AMAZING - bedrooms have everything you could need - 20 minute walk from uni, which in Manchester is pretty much the closest you can get without paying £7000 for halls CONS - the furniture in the living area is very poor quality, all our dining chairs and dining table broke - the kitchen needs updating - very antisocial to the point I didn’t know the names of the people living next door all year - no bar - NO WIFI only internet that you plug into your laptop (this was a nightmare) - no cleaners, however this also means no fines for mess while you’re living there OVERALL This is not a social place to live, it’s quite pricey and most of that money seems to be going towards the exterior appearance and the en suite. Be prepared to spend extra money replacing internet cables. Wouldn’t recommend but its bearable if you get on with flatmates and have friends outside of halls.
Don't do it. Your room will be flooded many times. It will ruin your clothes. The warden will tell Tesco to f*** off when you've ordered food. Don't do it. Maybe if it were free, but not for £137 a week. Not worth it. Stay in a house
Only positive thing I can think of is the friendly staff. Other than that the place is garbage. No WIFI, rooms are extremely small with barely any room to move, plumbing is a disaster, hot water doesn't work all the time and water pressure is good with cold water but terrible with hot water (very little water pressure), so expect a cold shower often. Also, if someone is using the sink in the kitchen, your shower won't pump water at all. Shower is extremely small with no room to move. The bed is not really a 1 1/2 size, barely a single size bed. Ventilation in the kitchen is rubbish. Very little hanger space to store clothes. Worst decision ever was to come to this rubbish hole!
Value- The rooms are much better than many of the others Manchester offers. There's plenty of storage space and the rooms are a good size for a student room. Location- Nice and green, safe but a half hour walk from Uni, shops and cheap buses. Not so nice when it's cold and raining! Cleaning- When I arrived the kitchen was filthy and my bathroom was mouldy. The flat smelled like a rotting food because... well because a pipe had burst due to last years students clogging the drain with food. Common Room- Never used it, and social space in the flat is limited Hall Management- They organize events often which is pretty nice. Social Experience- The majority of people who end up here are quiet people, which is great for study. If you're a party animal DON'T COME HERE. Internet- Great high speed ethernet but no wifi yikes!!
The money paid doesn't worth at all. Rooms are small (I had the smallest room in the flat), the doors are really noisy and they bang all the time, not to mention about the windows. I don't know what material are they made of, but I could hear everything from the outside, as like it was open. The bathrooms are really small too, and THE HEATER DOESN'T WORK PROPERLY (it shuts down automatically after 1 hour maximum, and even kept open all the time, doesn't heat the room). Also, NO WIFI, only ethernet, so prepare to live in the Stone Age for one year. No shops around and kinda far from Oxford Rd. The bus (50) is never on time. However, the staff was friendly and helpful, despite the other issues, but if you can avoid Opal Gardens, just do so! Try Liberty Park (called before Victoria Hall) or Denmark Road, maybe you're lucky to get there
Pros: Quiet area if that's what you'd prefer Trees and greenery around the location Common rooms with printer and computers available Lounge area is quite spacious Cons No wifi, only Ethernet connection available which is so inconvenient as you can't connect to wifi on your phone without having your PC or laptop switched on and connected via Ethernet. The internet also failed at times which can be disastrous for students working or submitting assignments online etc It also meant you couldn't really watch Tv or films together with flatmates in the lounge area as you'd be too far for the internet to connect to the laptop in your room Ensuite bathrooms were tiny Hot water could be used up fairly quickly Carpets were awful and terrible on your feet Kitchen was tiny in the flat. Fridge barely big enough for 4 people and that too damaged when we moved in. Maintenance weren't as quick to respond to problems, sometimes needed reminders
This is a group review. There is no wifi only Ethernet which is painful to say the least. Multiple batrooms are coered in a thick layer of hard black mould. The flat hoovers are absolutely disgusting they have a unbearable stench ( of egg ). We are all paying a ridiculous amount of money to live here for what we are getting. We pay between £136 -142 a week when our house for 2nd year is only £95 a week WITH A TV AND WIF!! NOT TO METION THE DOUBLE BEDS!! Speaking of double beds if you wish to live her please be small because if your tall like myself and my friend your feet are up against the desk flat and cold. DO NOT LIVE HERE THE WALLS ARE THIN YOU HEAR EVERYTHING DO NOT LIVE HERE FULL STOP Also I got Ecoli from the dirty sinks... lots of love 2016 students
There's no wifi available - Ethernet connection only, which often goes down. This has caused a lot of stress, and also I feel that if wifi was provided, the flats would benefit socially, e.g. Watching TV together/listening to music in communal areas. In my year at Opal, I've had countless maintenance issues within my room and flat. Many being in the bathroom- flooding, pipes bursting, etc - which was not seen as priority, and took several attempts by myself to make the maintenance staff aware of them (even then they weren't fixed, or a quick-fix was given to only make the problem worse later). Also, the communal areas are poorly maintained, loud doors that squeak and bang. It's an extremely quiet place to live in, which can be good or bad depending on what you're interested in. Hated the 7am wake up calls from the twice weekly leaf blowing!
Exceptionally overpriced for what is essentially a bedsit. No wifi. Very noisy doors which can be heard banging three floors away. Be prepared to develop shellshock over your time here. Warden gets her own washing machine in her flat but all student flats must use a very expensive laundry service on site, which has recently gotten more expensive after they took away the coin operated machines and installed NFC card activated machines. Shouldn't they have gotten cheaper since it now requires the company to employee one less person to come and collect the coins??? Laundry was advertised as 24hrs but security have stuck a notice on the door saying it would close at 11pm. Big desk in room, but unfortunately a bed is screwed to the floor 30cm from it so most it cannot be used. Very uncomfortable chair in room. Basically an old classroom chair. It's horrible, but it's England and it has an insane rental market, so just got to suck it up while you spend a few years in England.
rooms are abysmal for the money payed out the bathrooms are coated with mould (a problem i know many people have had) and the lack of wifi is appalling especially when the only option for wifi they recommend is a site to turn your laptop into a hotspot that you have to pay for that is the place is dead almost 24/7. the only close to good thing is outside since theres trees grass and a small pond but even that is poorly maintained.
Self-catered halls, no wifi just Ethernet but the internet is fast, the only cleaning is the stairs anything inside the flat is cleaned by tenants, security staff are great, issues with flats get fixed by a priory system so if it's vital it'll be fixed very quick but otherwise it takes a while, common room is great but shared by a lot of peopl