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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