I think it is safe to say that i am glad that this years tenancy agreement has come to an end.
As much as the actuall staff that work at the accommodation are really nice people, there are just way too many problems and i wish i had listened to those that had recently reviewed the accommodation on here.
When getting "shown round" the accommodation (if interested,) you will not get shown round the actual flat that you will then go onto live in, but instead a show flat. It's a bit of a risk, but the actual flat we lived in was more or less the same.
On move in day, the kitchen was really filthy. One would have thought it would be clean for new residents, but there were crumbs everywhere, the stove was dirty e.t.c. Not a good start at all. I was really disappointed and this set off alarm bells in my head.
Myself and friends had problems with the toilets, the showers/baths. Oh, and when you want something/need something fixed it can take months (that's if the problem gets fixed.)
There were several other things that weren't working in the flat either e.g - hoovers, but they never got fixed. The radiator is boiling hot... all the time. Waste of heat and money. Can get really uncomfortable at times.
The internet is also RIDICULOUSLY slow. If someone wants some entertainment and you cant afford a TV, so wants to watch something online. It can take up to 5 minutes to load a three minute clip on youtube. The internet is ridiculous! You can pay extra for it to be faster (apparently.) But why should you? You are already paying enough in rent!
The payment schedule does not make sense at all, and should be revised so it works out that rent is due AFTER the majority of students get their student loan. This would save Head Office a lot of time! I found Head Office slightly rude and unhelpful. One person would say one thing, another person would say something else. They only seem to get in contact when you haven't paid your rent on time (even though you would have told them that you weren't going to pay your rent on time,) i haven't had an email back when i have emailed to ask a question.
It's such a shame. The accommodation is in such a perfect place! But the company seem so reluctant to spend their money to fix basic things in the flat (even though you are paying your rent.) I am a student, for the money i am paying, this should all be done and should all be done within a timely manner. It is in an ideal location. Well ok, Greenstead is a fairly rough place to live, but the accommodation is VERY safe. The people that work at the accomodation are lovely, the flat is actually really decent, with the living area and kitchen very nice. BUT, when things do not work, and do not get fixed, it completely ruins the living experience.
Just a warning to students about my living experience there! By all means, go and see for yourself! Talk to the people that live there! Check the water taps e.t.c. Is the amount they are charing for rent, really fair? Specially if they are reluctant to fix things that are wrong, or if it takes months to fix things? Questionable.
AVON WAY HOUSE, GREENSTEAD
Just a word of warning for students thinking of moving into Avon Way House, managed by CRM students, in Greenstead, Colchester. On first appearance, the flats appear to be new and modernised. However, after living in a five bedroom flat for one academic year, my flat has found many problems.
Firstly, Greenstead itself is far from the nicest place in Colchester. A friend of mine has had his car broken into when it was parked outside the accomodation, a bike was stolen from the "secure" bike shed, and our flat has been broken into twice in the past year.
In terms of the accomodation, the flat is, quite literally, falling apart. In the first week our microwave broke, and withing the first term our beds all had to be replaced, the sofas both broke and a water pipe burst in the bathroom. I feel that the management team have tried to modernise the building at the cheapest possible costs, meaning there are a lot of problems. Bearing in mind this is the first year since the modernisation, I dread to think what it will be like in a few years time.
To make matters worse, the management team are completely incompetent and take an age to react to complaints. It took two months for us to get a new microwave, as with the beds, and our sofas have yet to be replaced.
Despite the obvious benefits of living close to campus, living at Avon Way House has been an absolute nightmare for me. I will certianly be looking for a house next year, or hopefully a move back to campus.
AVON WAY HOUSE COLCHESTERI was shown around by the site mgr. who was a nice man. The head office personnel (CRM Students) however, were the most unprofessional and unethical people I came across. They never responded to my voicemail messages, emails and requests even when I made several complaints. They only seem to be efficient when collecting money from you. I would steer clear of this company... another one of those big companies who only care about taking money from you. Still interested in the accommodation? Do not bother with the non-refundable booking fee as the building has plenty of vacant rooms even in October, I wonder why?
I am presently a student at the University of Essex based just outside Wivenhoe near COlchester. This review is really for those who intend on joining the University in the near future and who will be looking to reside on campus. The Towers(for there are five) at the University of Essex are positioned slap bang in the centre of the campus. Standing at over 20 stories high they consist of blocks of 16 flats per floor, each with their own door key to your room and to enter into the flat itself. What you get for you money is : 1 Single Room - complete with bed(bring you own matress though if they let you - very uncomfortable), desk, wardrobe and chest of drawers. The decor in here is very sparse...plain brown carpet, painted brick walls and two large floor-ceiling windows in the far wall. Communal Kitchen - shared by all 16 people in the flat this includes 2 electric cookers with electric hobs and grills, two fridges and 4 freezers. There are also 2 microwaves, 2 sink and enough cupboard space for everyone to at least keep some food in them. Personally I kept alot in my room because there really isn't that much space. Freezer space is at a premium so you need to stake a claim quickly to whatever part you want to call your own. Communal rest room - area adjoined to the kitchen for fun and games etc...we put a television in here. Sanitary Facilities - there are two showers and two toilets but no baths or anything like that. Cleaners - the cleaners come around every day to tidy up and hoover the outside communal areas but you are expected to do your own washing up etc(although they can be bribed to do this for you with coffee, biscuits etc...lol). Your room is also your responsibility to tidy and there are monthly room inspections to make sure it is kept in a sanitary state. Washing machines - there are no ewashing machines provided at the towers - or any other university owned accomodation as ar as i know
. Washing must be done at the launderette which is also found on campus which is usually busy and a real pain. Cost - £43 per week (99/00 price - liable to increase) Generally the towers are a fun place to be in as people are so close together. If you get in with good flat mates like I had then you are in for a great time. If not then there is always the option of changing rooms through internal room swaps. Why the title 'View From A Prison Block'? Well to put it simply the towers do not look very inviting from the outside. When inside...they are even less inviting. The Towers, along with the rest of the University was designed by a man whose previous occupation as an architect was to design prisons and this influence is clear. Apparently he thought that students would appreciate the 'utilitarian' nature of his designs and that this would inspire hard work. Expect cold brick walls and concrete floors - but these will soon become adorned with posters, flyer and heaven knows what else so its not a problem for long. One final point - just to scare ya - it gets very windy because the University is situated on a hill so the top floors have tendency to sway a bit and the windows blow off if opened too wide...lol. We thought it added to the charm of the place...
In my first (of two!) term at the University of Essex I had a room in Avon Way House. There was a block of 12 flats on three floors and my flat was on the middle floor. The flat had 6 bedrooms,a communal kitchen,shower room and separate toilet. The room was nicely decorated and furnished with bed,bedside chest of drawers,wardrobe with full length mirror,desk and three large wall shelves. The kitchen had a nice cooker and fridge and was also fairly nicely decorated. The communal areas of the falt were cleaned and hoovered every morning by some nice cleaners who would even wash up in exchange for a coffee and biscuits. The only bad point of this accommodation was that it was off campus. It was a half hour walk on to the campus for lectures/classes etc.. which was not nice in the rain or the dark. Especially as the Avon Way is a VERY rough area of Colchester.Any females reading this,don't walk round on your own.