As a seccond year student living in manchester i have seen some pretty shoddy sights in my life but when compared to the service i have recived at MSV for the last two years i wonder why i havent packed it in and gone home, a two hour commute every day is a small price to pay to get away from this prison.In the first year a fault with my fire alarm meant i was woken once a week at three in the morning by a klaxon, and this year our cooker extractor fan trips the fuses up to three times a day. I wrote a stack of letters to management, only to be ignored.Please please dont live at MSV! the show flat does not accuratley show the true horror of living in this hell hole, do not be seduced by the price or the sales pitch.
When I moved in it was like going to a prison the windows could only be opened a little bit, presumably to stop the suicide from the tenth floor which probably would have been a regular occurence due to the state of this place. The cleaner had the vaccum in one hand and a fag in the other making more mess than she cleaned. This 'non-smoking' hall was completely crap. Also discovered they are going to tear it down next summer hmm interesting how this year they are charging £2500 to stay in it per room considering it's condemed. The food is unbearable and should have been freshly prepared not mass produced last week to be served the following thursday. Anyway thankfully I'm out of that hole and to anyone considering it the only good thing in their is the people but hey theres good people anywhere you go.
I lived in the Student Village for my first year in Manchester, and it crippled me financially. Prices start at around £52 per week and what you get is a room with a bed, table, chair and a cupboard. You share a kitchen, shower, and toilet with three others, pay all your own electricity bills and buy all your own food. Compare this with other halls and you will realise that the deal you are getting is not very good at all. And when you realise that the heating come out of the electricity money and the flats get very cold very quickly you will see that Student Village are making a LOT of money. Student Village is a massive building near the City centre of Manchester, close to the main All Saints Campus and the other satalite University buildings dotted all over Manchester. To get to the furthest campus (discounting Crewe and Alsager) it will take you about 10 minutes by the very frequent bus route which runs just past the accomodation. The accomodation was very nice when I first went - the corridors and room were all painted a beige/cream colour which was very innofensive yet bright. All the rooms were separated into blocks of four small single rooms which shared a shower, toilet and kitchen, in a small flat stylee thang. These were all painted the same cream colour, contrasting the dull purple carpets. Then it all went a little Pete Tong and the bottom half of the walls were painted the same dull purple colour of the carpets and the place looked very dark indeed. There are also community rooms with a TV for those who couldn't afford one (and a TV liscense) and large foam chairs. One off these com rooms had to go round 100 people, and were nowhere near large enough for their purpose. The main thing about the building is the close proximity to other students and I made some friends that I have kept to this day. Having the 'flat' approach with separate bedrooms is a good touch and makes it easy for freshers to make friends very qu
ickly. The building is well lit and facilities such as the lifts and parking are quite good, though the season ticket for the car park is also very expensive. There is a bar downstairs that takes up quite a good portion of the ground floor, a corner shop for all your (minor) shopping needs, but due to the close proximety of the city centre you should not go here for most of your shopping. There is also a laundry/drying room. Security is the building's main downfall. To get into the building you need to show a pass to the security guards after using a pass to get through the main doors. Now after this, the staff can be a little hot and cold. The security staff are very quick to act on complaints of noisy neighbours, but more serious issues are given a blind eye. In the year I was there, there were two attacks from one student on girls. I know the reputation of the whole building should not be tarnished by one idividual resident, but it is the attitude of the security staff that concerns me. The security staff were unwilling to help very much other than to allow the girls in question to ring the police from the internal phone line. On the arrival of the Police they told them that the security cameras were not operational, and also saying that they were not allowed to enter the resident's room. This was a MAJOR fault in my eyes and the safety of residents should be their main priority. In my view, it is not. I think that the Student Village is not worth the money and have their priorities in the wrong place. They make a lot of money from students, yet seem to allow standards to slip in ares that are very worrying.
This is the worst hall of residence I've ever seen. Compared with other halls, it looked relatively cheap. Why? Because of the low quality. The rooms are crap, the food for which we pay is poison, I had to go to the doctor thanks to that food. If any one is thinking about living there, think it first. And if you finally go, do not leave things that the cleaners can see, they will rob it, they did it to me and most of my friends.
One of the most expensive halls in Manchester, located next to Cambridge Hall. The overall quality of the accommodation is not bad however you don’t get much for your money. There is a shared lounge/kitchen in each flat, with all the bedrooms on-suite. However because of the on-suite the size of the rooms are reduced. Victoria Halls is not a place to go if you want good customer service, the management is less than helpful when it comes down to complaints. Parking is serious problem in the area around the halls, so if you have a car forget it, unless you are one of the lucky 12 to get drawn out of a hat for the small car park at the rear. Security was a problem during my stay, with stints of burglaries and vehicles being vandalised in the supposed secure car park. No notification of these occurrences where issued to the residents and little was done to prevent it happening again. I lived there for two years and would recommend that you look at the other halls in the area as there are many.
A very trustworthy friend of mine had stayed at the Cambridge Halls of residence down in Manchester Metropolitan University. It's quite new & only been opened since last year though... The furniture is well furnished & all the equipments are new. Students from the 1st year are normally admitted to such halls & there exist north & south halls opposite to each other dwon at the Higher Cambridge Street located just at the back of the Uni's library. Rooms are available in form of flats & there are 10 individual rooms in the flat, & the whole building consists of 4 floors with 3 flats on each. Lighting wise is good & so is the laundry at the ground floor of each building. But, please take note of naughty hands of those who love to make trouble sometimes... Generally speaking is a good hall, not bacuse it's new but also close to the provision shops & restaurants behind it. So is a bar just across the street & late night take aways in Oxford Road.