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Discovery Heights has a good central location for easy access to the city centre as well as the university campus. It has great friendly staff and spacious modern rooms with massive desks. However there is a problem with this building which you have to experience to get a feel for: the walls between rooms are paper thin which can give you anxiety, the kitchens are dark and dingy with poor lighting and in some cases not even a usable surface for the flat to have a meal together and socialise. I know peoples experiences have differed however in my opinion this is not a friendly place and promotes a terrible social environment for making friends.
The price is pretty reasonable. I paid £135 a week (though I think its reducing in price) Convenient location, next to the uni, a tesco express, sainsbury's and the town centre Hall management is okay. Often there was nobody at the front desk which is annoying. you can call the hall volunteers anytime if you get locked out of your flat or something They clean our kitchens well, however they only come once a fortnight which is annoying as kitchens can get dirty very easily. note: you have to take out your own bins and recycling out to the ground floor Common room has a pool table, Foosball table, TV and some sofas. THE WIFI IS APPALLING!!!!!!!!! It shuts down every five mins and I have to turn it on and off again!!! Maybe it will get better when it fully switches from Unite Students to Host? idk
Currently living in Discovery Heights and it is honestly the noisiest place I've ever lived in. I understand that it is in the city centre, but there are absolutely no rules on respecting other people with the noise late at night. People can get away with blasting loud music until the early morning and I am not getting any good sleep here. Expect your bathroom to be super moldy with black dirt in between bathroom tiles. The only good thing is the location but it is a very dirty accommodation with never-ending noise late at night. Girls and guys screaming and chanting under your flat, blasting music until midnight, glass bottles being thrown around, and motorbikes going off at random late night hours. Please don't repeat my mistake and live in a private flat away near the residential areas.
My room was only half put together when i arrived. It was as if they realised a week beforehand that they needed to get it ready. Once i arrived i had to request maintenance to do simple things that should have been checked before i arrived, such as: making sure the desk was put together, checking to see if there were things stuck to the walls from the last person, and checking if the lock on the door gets stuck. The issues only got worse once i had paid all the rent for the year. For last couple of months there have been constant renovations going on in the building. I don't know who in their right mind thinks it's okay to schedule these renovations when most of the students living here are revising for end of year exams or finishing their coursework. The accommodation advertises reduced rent during the summer; schedule the renovations for then.
As aparent I was appalled at the state of the accommodation no repairs. For the entire period of residency the hall was a building site. The owners blame the university the university blames the owner operator. Truly awful, no assistance, very poor guilty appliances and grossly overpriced. The entire system is run to extract as much money from the students as possible without providing what is being paid for. They are in effect acting as a cartel, the price is decided by the owners and as the money is borrowed they know the students have in effect no option but to pay. The process is morally and I suspect legally wrong. One asks the question are the university making money out of the provision of so called approved halls in letting private companies run the halls on behalf of the university
The en-suite rooms provide you with everything you need to live comfortably. Kitchens are large and spacious with sofas which makes them great for socializing! The common room area features x2 large flat screen TVs surrounded by sofas and beanbag chairs, a pool table, table tennis, a football table and on-site laundry facilities. Tesco is also right next door!
very impressive, only problems have been with one of two lifts breaking down occasionally, but that's not too bad, at no point have both broken. The management, Mel in particular, are very professional yet extremely friendly and approachable, I often have a chat with whoevers on reception. They're always keen to help you as best they can.
Perfect location - better than Radnor/Pilgrim/Gillwell as right opposite uni and right next to Drake Circus and highstreet. The perfect place to spend first year. All staff are lovely and very attentive if there are any issues, maintenance also brilliant if there's an issue. At the end of the year they didn't nit pick to take money out of the deposit.
Great location, good staff, nice communal areas and well maintained. Super bunch of people, very social and always something going on. Very overpriced and extra charges for damage/replacements/extra cleaning etc are extortionate.
£129 a week was not at all worth it, paying £50 a week more than you would in a house is ridiculous for what you actually get in halls, it is noisy and people will steal your things. The halls staff don't deal properly with complaints at all. Save the money don't live here.
Over priced with a long contract however, they all are. Great staff, close to uni and pretty much everything else. It's a very fun, communal area with games room study room eat, the view from my room is incredible you can see all of Plymouth and out to the sea, you can even see Cornwall in the Horizon, in winter the sun sets over the hills and you can see the silhouette of the whole city. Very easy going resident assistant who give you very little bother if the party wants to go on a bit longer. If I had to do it all again I would choose discovery 10 times out of 10
Disco is in a fantastic location! So close to campus yet away from the noisy night life! It's a very sociable building with long corridors so opportunity to meet other flats! Fantastic common room facilities! And a great view of the city if you are lucky enough to be on the south side of the building!