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Staying in Trafalgar was an awful choice. The only really good things going for it are the location, but with no in person classes it doesn't mean much and the room sizes. I've had so many issues which have made me want to leave uni entirely at times. Firstly the walls are paper thin. I could hear entire conversations from my neighbours which ended up wrecking my sleep schedule to the point where I had to move to a studio flat. Upon moving into this new room I've been greeted by a dead cockroach in my fridge and what has followed is an ongoing battle with the bugs in my kitchen, which maintenence initially ignored when I reported it. In October the WiFi was not working and it took about a month for it to be fixed, which was not helpful at all considering everyone is doing their classes online. Constant problems with the water too leading to the supply being turned off frequently. Reception is frequently absent. Even as one of the cheapest halls, it is not worth it at all.
Starting out at Trafalgar was one of the best decisions I made. It allowed you to integrate into uni life and have other student by your side who were in the same boat. There was plenty of places to meet and have a laugh together.
Tbh Trafalgar catches alot of flack but is decent value for money when theres Rosalind Franklin 100m away paying more money and getting single beds, en suites are old and had several issues but got fixed reasonably quick. Socially isn't great but all other accoms are close by and sometimes its nice to there for socials and come back to a place where you know will be quiet.
Covid-19: Decent tbf provided us with the paperwork we needed to end the contract early and leave me with my student loan for summer wooohayyyyyy
My son stayed here from September 2019 untill March 2020 (Left due to Covid 19) His room was refurbished before he arrived. 8th floor, clean, decent size room, everything was new ,carpet, bed, shower. He was very pleased with his room. Any issues the maintenance man fixed it extremely quickly most of the times.
+Cheapest of halls, with private bathroom and kitchen +Central Location, dont have to walk far for clubs, lectures, or other halls +Wifi is good +Never cold, you control your own radiator +Kitchens are roomy -No common area or Social Space -only 4 washing machines and 4 Dryers for a building with near 500 people. (£5 to wash nad dry your clothes) -"24/7" reception often closed, if you're locked out you'll have to wait a while -Fire alarm is a bit dodgey. Goes off a lot. -In the first few month there was a silverfish infestation. After reporting it 5 times they sprayed the halls and put traps down, now we only see a few of them every now and then -Have to report things a lot before they fix it -Rooms aren't sound proof -Vents are connected with the whole building (have to keep extraction fans on all the time in the kitchen)you get ill really easy -Few people found black mould in bathrooms •All in all, probelms that most halls have are pronounced here. But, you get what you pay for.
Absolute load of rubbish, not worth the money at all, everything falls apart, we currently have a broken tap and broken door handles which haven’t been fixed. Showers get blocked and don’t drain easily. maintenance are always in and out of flats. Reception is meant to be 8am-8pm Monday- Friday, and 9-5pm weekends but is hardly ever open so you can’t collect your parcels. The kitchen door has a student alarm on it so you can’t prop the door open as a flaming alarm goes off after 5 mins. The flat gets ridiculously hot as you can’t open windows much. There is currently a silverfish outbreak which is vile. Only 4 washing machines and dryers for the building so be prepared to never have access to these unless you’re up super early. The fire alarm is tested EVERY Tuesday at 10.30 which is a pain and also internet is awful I’ve used my data constantly whilst being here. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND AT ALL.
The location of this building is probably the only good thing it has going for it, as well as being on top of a co-op. Aside from that it’s not worth the money. The flats get stuffy and hot as they tell you to keep your doors closed, the kitchen door has an alarm on it so you physically cannot prop it open to open up the flat. The drains in the bathrooms gurgle and smell, the walls are ridiculously thin and the windows open such a tiny pathetic amount it’s not even worth having windows. There is never anyone at reception even though they’re supposed to be there 8-8 weekdays and maintenance requests take weeks to be looked at. There are only 4 washing machines and 4 dryers for the entire building so unless you get up early, you have no chance of getting your laundry done. The fire alarm gets tested EVERY Tuesday morning, supposedly at 10:30 but sometimes will go off at 12 or whenever reception feel like testing it. Would not recommend
Very very noisy the noise blasts in from the discos and bars and you can’t sleep until 0300 3 nights a week at weekends. The flats are old and run down and the carpets are faded and tired. It’s charmless and you are squashed in. It’s also sinfully expensive at £700 per month. The management are vindictive, if you get on the wrong side even once they will totally screw you up remorselessly.
DO NOT CHOOSE TRAFALGAR!! We've had our water turned off at least 8 times this year because the pipes haven't been maintained, and the main corridor on my floor flooded too. In early January they moved us out into hotels to have a couple of days to fix the drains... and they weren't fixed when we got back! A matter of days later the water was off again. No compensation, nothing. I had to spend my own money on drinking water because the reception was shut so I couldn't get any water. There is hardly anyone at reception, they're lovely people but they're not often there. That's really frustrating when you have a problem but you have to call the emergency number rather than talk to someone at reception. The lifts are often broken, thankfully I'm on a lower floor, and that's a nightmare for those living on the upper floors. Be prepared for the fire alarms to go off a lot. During the first semester the fire alarm system broke which lead to four hours of fire alarm testing!
It is in a great location for reaching the university. However, compared to other Unite properties, Trafalgar Hall is cheap, but it also seems to be more basic and in need of attention. The walls are so thin you can hear everything from neighbouring rooms/flats which has led to many sleepless nights. Other than communal kitchens in the cluster flats, there are no other social spaces. Individual members of staff are lovely, but when you try to deal with UNITE as a company you often hit a brick wall as it seems to take them forever to do anything and you seem to spend all your time chasing them.
Why is this #1? I have honestly no idea - too bad I didn’t question that when I based this site on my choice for this year, so far it’s been nothing less than awful- first I started in a £139 a week studio flat at the top of Trafalgar which was probably one of the worst experiences of my life and Iater changed to shared (between 6 others! £119 a week , still very expensive - luckily I had a good group of people relatively speaking but Trafalgar has constant problems over the academic year the water has been turned off nearly 10 times sometimes for days at a time (and we had to be put up in a hotel) and several things such as toilets not working and electrical failures have been common, the bathroom in my room has a very strange smell and there is literally no drain for the shower it’s a hole in the floor I could probably almost drop my phone down and Trafalgar is the only hall where there’s no common room either and unlike some of the halls there is nobody at the desk in the night
Not the best place for first year if you want to socialise amongst peers you live with, no common room. Basic but great location, uni bus stop right outside the block. The flat now..... the rooms were fine, just that the drain in the bathroom makes this annoying sound everyso often that you’d have to shut the bathroom door while sleeping. The kitchen however, when I moved in things were broken already. One sink the hot tap doesn’t work, the next sink hot tap is scorching hot. I live in a flat made for 6 people yet there are four draws and the rest are fake??? The cupboards under the sink are gross the backing wall has fell off. For the first teaching block there was plenty times the water had to be taking off to fix drains which is understandable but when it happens over and over again it’s irritating especially when it’s in the mtoning time, you can’t shower or flush the toilet.
nice rooms, also you get things like laundry and printing in the same building. fast internet, building is close to campus. staff are pretty nice. mostly people chill in lower flats as there is no social area/common room. also the walls are super thin so be prepared to hear _everything_ haha
The hall management is very bad. The hall itself totally overpriced, the University should be ashamed for offering and advertising this place as a mature place, where you pay the highest fees compared to all others places. Definitely not recommendable, waste of money!
Was that bad at all. The lifts however constantly broke down which was ridiculous. Communication from management was none existent until I and others complained, especially as a disabled students was stranded on the top floor. Overall it was a nice place to live but with some major issues.