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Good wifi, close to uni buildings. Quiet apart from ambulances from the hospital across the road. Difficult to socialise as no common room or bar so making friends in the halls can be difficult if you don't get on with your flatmates.
I have felt really lucky to have been given Liberty Park to live in because it is located in the perfect place for me: 15-20 min walk from the uni, 10 min walk to shops like Lidl, Poundland, Tesco Express, Morrisons, Superdrug etc. It's also has the balance of having sociable people here, but also those who want to knuckle down and work and not stay out till the early hours of the morning. Quiet, but socialising does happen. There is a lovely mix of people here, including a lot of international students, as well as students from the UK. It feels extremely safe (use a fob to get in to the complex and block) and the reception staff are helpful and welcoming. Double bed and ensuite bathroom are great and the kitchen is lovely! Would definitely recommend for anyone who is able to afford (it is a little on the pricey side for what you get) and wants there experience at uni to be a balance of working and socialising. Close enough to be convenient yet far enough to feel out of the way.
If you are coming to live in liberty Park please take photos of everything when you move in!! And thoroughly fill out the room/kitchen inventory, so that they can't try to charge you for something you didn't damage. Also, my flat's showers were awful (temperature mainly cold or boiling hot sometimes, no water pressure) but not all flats had this problem. Maintenance never fixed my shower, sometimes they would fix things as expected and sometimes you wouldn't have something fixed for months. As for social experience, I think I was fortunate with my flat being friendly but a lot of other flats had people that didn't want to talk. However, you can always make friends in freshers with the other flats so this isn't a big problem. The internet was really intermittent, sometimes not working at all (during busy times in the evening). But at least you won't have to get a bus into uni!!
Really modern living area and kitchen and also very clean. Rooms are spacious and staff are fairly nice. Not the most sociable of halls as there is usually someone in each flat who doesn't come out of there rooms. However, I've found a great group of friends from around different flats in my block from socials during freshers week and meeting over the Facebook group before we arrived!
Lovely accommodation, but not worth upwards of £125 a week. No cleaning services provided (whereas other accommodations have a regular cleaning service), but we still have intrusive flat inspections where we are expected to clean the flat to a "brand-new" standard. Fines are ridiculous - we had a broken Henry Hoover, and were charged £200 to replace it. For the record, that same model was available on Amazon for £98. Basically, it's one of the posher halls available, but it's not worth the price you pay for it compared to other university halls or private accommodation.
Upper Brook St is a very busy traffic route and so road traffic noisy is an issue if your room is facing the road. Manchester's A&E is also located on the road and so during all hours of the day there are ambulance sirens going past the halls. To be honest, this isn't a huge issue as long as you have ear plugs! We are located close to the university campus and it only takes about 20 mins to walk to my lectures. The bathrooms are a good size and the showers are hot, good pressure. Our kitchen is newly refurbished and so is a lovely space to cook in. Storage is limited and the fridge provided is small for 4 people to share. The halls do provide you with kitchen appliances and pots and pans however which is useful. We were also provided with a vacuum, mop and dustpan and brush. The halls are very secure so I do not worry about robbery. Flats are 4 people so can be quiet but you can socialise with people in your block.