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Lovely modern halls, nicer than my friends'. Staff incapable of fixing anything for months even if it is your curtain and so have no curtain for months.... Cleaner is alright but doesnt turn up some weeks and forgets to hoover. I wish we had a hoover ourselves to do our rooms but there is only one for the whole two blocks of astor to share.. I do feel safe here as there are a few gates/doors to get through. 10 min walk to uni if i am power walking and only just make it.. 15 more realistic but personally i like this. Please book directly with prodigy living as cheaper than through uni
Went and viewed Astor House as a potential Halls for myself to live in when I start university in September. Completely fell in love with it. Remarkable and modern decor throughout, spaceous rooms with lots of storage and bathroom still looks brand new! Sky lounge has amazing views looking out over Plymouth city and the barrbican, large common room on the ground floor where students can relax. Only a 10 minute walk to the main campus of Plymouth university. Staff are really friendly and welcoming, highly recommended. I cannot wait to move in this coming September!
Best halls in terms of modernity. Best social events, only halls I know to give you free booze and breakfast regularly. A little on the pricey side but it's worth it compared to other halls. Only downside is its slightly further to the uni and the staff are apparently unable to do literally any thing on a Sunday other than sit at the desk.
If you're not too worried about budget, it's a nice place to live with nice rooms, kitchen and common room. Staff are nice and lots of events with free food on offer! Would like to have had a tv in the kitchen considering how much we're paying!
It was quite expensive but the rooms were a good size with nice en-suite bathrooms, although it was still partly a building site when I moved in. The location was fantastic, a few minutes walk from the Barbican in one direction and town & university in the other. The common rooms were giant and social events were quite good - The bouncy castle obstacle course around Easter time was great! The internet was good and the resident assistants and halls management team were always friendly and helpful. The only drawback is that there were no cleaners when I lived there.
Staff can be up themselves at the best of times. We had massive issues with the cleaners which staff didn't do anything about it and blamed us. Wifi is v. Good and if it is going down you get an email in advance- normally goes down for maintaince in the early hours of the morning so was never an issue! Location is nice but a good 15 minute walk to the uni. Lived In a 7 bed flat and only had one sink in the kitchen which caused issues of washing up ect. Not massive surface space in the kitchens for cooking ect
9 bed flat, massive kitchen + sitting area, have to clean kitchen and corridoor between rooms by yourself, love being by the Hoe, 10/15 minute walk to uni, expensive but virtually brand new so loads of storage space and lovely en suite. Useful tesco express downstairs.
Staff are very friendly and helpful. If something is broken tell the front desk and it'll be done within a day or two. Still relatively new, everything is clean and the showers are very good as are the beds. The building is very secure as well as having a spectacular view from the Skylounge which is the study room. Common room is very good. Only down side is that is a 10 minute walk from the university and good clubs/bars.
Astor house is nice and modern and I was excited to move in, however after a few weeks you realise how poorly the building is built. The walls are really thin, you can hear everything. The location is great being by the hoe, especially in the sunshine and the sky lounge is a great place to chill or do work as it has great views. Overall though I've found that Astor house is far less social than the other halls at the uni.
The halls are very modern and will probably remain that way for years to come; however it is about 20-25min walk to the uni campus and about the same to north hill or the SU, about 4mins in a taxi to oceana that will cost around £3.30, so not to bad. There are no cleaning services part from moving in day or the day you move out. The security is excellent you will feel very secure even though you are on a main road. The rooms are quiet and you do get good sunlight in the summer into your rooms as its south facing. There are either flats of 5 -9 rooms or studio flats, also all the flats are easily accessible so easy to make friends with other flats. The kitchens/lounge are spacious and very modern with modern appliances and are great for flat parties! The rooms are nice and warm in the winter and have built in A/C for the summer, and its temperature controlled so you dont have to worry about a thing as it will do it all for you, but if you do want to change it you can.
Astor house is fantastic, no more expensive than the other halls at Plymouth. Double beds, en - suite, spacious modern kitchen, plenty of storage. The only issues I have is the price of the laundry, you have to buy a card with either £5 (which isn't enough), £10 or £20, also the cleaners are okay but not great.
There could have been more social events at Astor in the first term rather than all before the year is up. It's also great in terms of it says it's 10 minutes away from uni but I always get there in 7. The cleaner didn't start off well but she does a really good job now. Plus Astor house does offer a lot of great days and events and really listens to the residents.