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I’ve moved in to Roeburn for the 19/20 academic year. Over the summer the halls have had a refurbishment, so the older reviews mentioned are definitely out of date. The mattresses are just regular mattresses, no better than the ones you have at home but not worse - I sleep wonderfully in my bed. The beds are no longer metal, they are wooden and look nice in the room. The wardrobe is spacious and there’s a large desk with 4 drawers. The radiator is simple and works with a simple “touch to turn on” process, it heats the room up very quickly and goes off on a timer after a while, which is good because you won’t wake up sweating in the night. There is quite a significant amount of noise, as in banging or the trains going past, although you get used to it very quickly and you won’t acknowledge that the sound is there soon enough - my flat mates have no problems with the noise, we have been able to get to sleep and sleep fine. I am really happy living here, it’s really cosy.
Stayed here in my first year and the rooms were nice. A little cold in the winter bc the heating method was kinda s*** (radiator you have to click on yourself when you wanna use it, often woke up freezing and made it very hard to get up for 9ams).
Very expensive per week for what you get, wifi is patchy but Ethernet is good. Took them 2 weeks to fix our kitchen light. On site laundry is convenient but again expensive for what you get. Rooms are decent size, not much wardrobe space, on suite bathrooms are good. Water pressure is awful but that’s to be expected.
Living here has been awful (currently writing this from the yellow block) they put on a facade when you visit to imply rooms are comfortable and even have better mattresses in the viewing rooms. The truth is that you'll be in a room that hasn't properly been cleaned as it is full of dust, there are sh*t stains in the toilet, hair clogging the sink and shower drain (not fun cleaning that out myself!!). The bed is old and uncomfortable, with loud springs that take forever to come back up so you may get jabbed in the back at any moment. The walls are extremely thing so you can here noise in your room from your kitchen your flatmates rooms your neighbours all around you and the stairway. But don't worry if you have a problem the management system will ignore you till you ask them a minimum of five times but if its a problem with a flat mate stealing from you they don't care. Also when you move in expect people to be coming into your flat without warning as they don't warn you for months.
This place is just a nightmare and I would recommend everyone not to move in, unless you really do not have another option. It is so cheaply built (apart from the fancy facade), no isolation between floors so falling asleep, when people bang in the room above your head, move furniture and etc is going to be impossible. Especially at night, you can hear noise coming from above and the corridor as there is no isolation at all. The rooms are just too neglected, gloomy and depressing + tiny for 2 people to share. The beds are another joke, cheap steel beds that squeak so badly that your own turning around at night will wake you up and the neighbors as well. You must pay for electricity and heating as well. They are providing misleading information which is actually illegal. There are no radiators, apart from electric ones running on electricity, of course - so you can expect your electricity bill to rise massively during the winter months. Do not recommend!
If you want to live somewhere where you feel demented every waking hour of the day, then come to Roeburn! Currently being charged £99.50 a week to live with constant noise from others until 5am in the morning not just in flat but above and next door. For £99.50 you get a bed which feels like your lying on stones, maintenance issues that takes weeks to be resolved. The main problem is Halls management and security. They are absolutely useless and have been seen outside halls and not doing anything about noise and are rude to the students. It doesn't seem to matter the number of times somebody gets warned about noise nothing gets done. The contract you sign up with is used in their favour but they don't stick to what they promised to do. Flatmates are also a problem with no cleaning, stealing food and being a general nuisance. Don't live here!
For £98 p/w I'd like a comfier bed and a better shower but it'll do. I'm unfortunate that I live with messy people but when the cleaners come round they do their best! Other than that, everyone gets on well and prinks are made that little bit better with our big communal area!
At Roeburn you're only paying £2 less a week compared to IQ, that £2 a week means you won't have hot water in your room, you'll have smaller rooms, smaller beds, a kitchen with what is essentially a non-existent living room area with terrible, uncomfortable chairs and a much less comfy atmosphere which feels very corporate in comparison. I spent most of my time at my mate's flat in IQ because it was so much more comfortable to live in. Oh also the laundry system at Roeburn is shocking, most of the machines break/take your money and they only take change meaning you have to spend pointless money to get your laundry done and it's a massive pain. I wouldn't recommend Roeburn if you go En-Suite, it's probably the worst option.
- Absolutely zero cleaning service for the stairwells/communal areas - Slow repairs. - Large, open courtyard helps give a really social environment - Great location no more than 5 mins from any lectures - Train noises can be a pain at first but you get used to them
Roeburn served me a great experience, it is a little pricey but it is in the city, right next to the library and in the centre of the campus. I shared with 6 other people (7 in the flat), on the top floor, the flat did get messy really easily as it was off putting to bring down the bins. But overall it was an OK experience, everyone is free at different times so I never got close with my flatmates. The rooms are lovely and cosy! It is very handy to have your own bathroom. Make sure you clean it as much as possible, to avoid fines from the halls inspectors.
Value for money, absolutely not. When for a few more quid you can rent student flats with dishwashers and carpet, this is far from value for money. Location was the only good thing about uni halls, getting up 10 minutes before lecture is the best thing ever. Halls management was usually on par with everything and quick to respond, just a nightmare when it comes to dealing with antisocial flat mates. Cleaning was generally poor. The stairways were cleaned once a week, and our flat communal area has been cleaned once in the whole year. Communal areas are dingy, uncomfortable, they have small tables and little storage space for food and pots etc. Social experience was good, many flat parties despite they are banned. Also nice courtyard for socialising when the sun comes out.