I pay £96/week to stay in an ensure room at filbert village Leicester. And I can say I never thought I could have chose a worse place to live! Since day one I have had problems with this accommodation and some of staff that work here. Whenever I have had issue the staff have not taken me seriously and taken an overly long time to sort things out.
Recently there has been a power issue which has resulted in multiple large generators being placed in the court yard resulting in a lot of noise at 24 hours a day and this has been on going for 2 months now!
And to add the location is quite poor and far from the city centre. There is also a large car park to cross to get the halls which is unsafe at nights and several have mugged unfortunately.
I would never recommend anyone to live here from the experience I have had and I have had a distressing experience.
Grosvenor House - This was my halls during my first year at De Montfort University. The halls itself were lovely but I had a few problems initially as my course started during summer and although they had several months notice they were still not able to have my room ready for when I arrived so I was put into another building within the complex. They then gave me my keys by mistake and I moved to my actual room (which was the same rental price but a lot smaller) to find the flat hadn't been cleaned since summer!
Aside from these teething problems the halls were very nice and modern to live in albeit very small coming from living in a family home.
A few points about my halls in particular though:
- Shower doesn't drain hugely well and can flood the room
- Security are very nice letting you in if you forget your keys etc, but replacement fobs can cost you upto £50
- All appliances came with apart from the washing machine, so washing is very expensive and has to be done in the laundry room
Halls in General - Once you've lived in halls you'll soon find out private rented accomodation is hugely cheaper, even the halls type accomodation like Regents Court is a similar set up to University owned halls but more relaxed and a good £20 a week cheaper. Halls can be a good means to an end for first years to meet people but I find its the type of situation you will love or hate and I couldn't imagine many 2nd or 3rd years would want to live in a tiny living space with noisy 18 year olds
I am writing this opinion from first hand experience. Unlike Meggienoo_d and LouisaNott, I have just spent the past nine months living in Scraptoft Halls. I agree that the halls themselves might not be aesthetically pleasing but they are well maintained and situated in a really nice area of Leicester. The fact that it will soon be closing down is a shame. The food is ok and it's better than having to cook your own meals every evening after a day at uni, and believe me you get your money's worth! As for carpets, yes it's true, not all rooms have them, but that's only in certain halls. I was lucky enough to have a big room with a carpet and even friends who had smaller rooms or no carpet didn't complain. Obviously the rooms are plain and slightly dull when you move in but that is only so that you have the opportunity to put up your own posters, photos, etc. and make it homely. Decorating your room is a great way to use up some of that student loan! The kitchens aren't actually THAT small, the only problem with them is the mess that is made in them during the weekend. Although the cleaners don't clean your room as they have done in previous years, they do clean the kitchens, bathrooms, etc. every day and take your rubbish away, which is great if you hate cleaning! As I've said before, I know the halls don't look great (I nearly didn't apply to De Montfort because of the photo's in the prospectus!) and the fact that it's 6 miles away from the city centre (the bus actually only takes 20 minutes and the taxi fare between 4 of you is about £2 each). But like everything else in life you shouldn't knock it until you've tried it. Living in Scraptoft has been one of the best experiences of my life- meeting lots of new people, many a drunken night at the union, lazy summer days at the lake and the best thing of all, getting up at 8.50am for 9am lectures!!!!
How disgusting are the Scraptoft campus Halls?!?!? Granted I've only been there once when I went for an interview(and I did actually choose to go there anyway bear in mind!!!) but when the woman who was showing us around said they were £62.00 a week I nearly started laughing because I thought she was kidding!!! I realise you get food included(which they decided not to show us......did worry me slightly!!!) and I would actually rather cook my own food(for a fraction of the price I hasten to add!!!). Apparently the food is not up to much anyway so would probably avoid it at all costs in that case!!! If anyone reading this doesn't believe me on how disgusting the rooms are look at the website....go to www.dmu.ac.uk...there is one picture of the Halls there..........bear in mind that this room they show us must be the best room available.........you have to look!!! The walls are brown, dirty and stained, with what, I don't like to ask!! The carpets are so thin that you can see through them in some parts which when you have to pay £62.00 a week for it isn't great!! The woman showing us around also told us that most of the rooms stay vacant and what made me laugh was she sounded quite surprised at this!!! You only had to take one look around to see what a dump it is!! I didn't actually notice the shower curatin bit.........I will be checking that out though!!! The only good thing I will say about the Halls are that they are in the most gorgeous surroundings with a lake to go fishing and everything.......they reminded me of Chester zoo when I went!!! Unfortunately unless I want to travel 6 miles everday then its there or nowhere.........and I'm crap at getting out of bed before midday so looks like I'll have to stay there and tough it out for a year!!! Also, think of the taxi costs or the VERY long walk home!!! Might just find a nice cosy doorway for the night!!! xxx
Before you start reading this opinion, I should let you know that this opinion is ONLY about the halls of residence in DeMontfort Leicester Scraptoft campus. I went for an interview there, and had to make a decision between a course there and a course in Birmingham, and decided against DeMontfort on the basis of two issues, totally unrelated to the course. The halls of residence at Scraptoft seem OK on the outside, a little grey and elderly, but nonetheless nicer than many halls I've seen in the past. Also, the rent is cheap, at £61 per week with food. "With food"? I hear you say. No, it's not written anywhere in the prospectus that food is included, and you have to participate in the dining scheme they offer- breakfast and evening meals Monday to Friday. Now I love cooking, and would be very unhappy being catered for, and as such, was a bit disgruntled that we hadn't been told about this earlier. It's not exactly honest of the University. Other little things about the halls are a little odd. Like no carpets on the floors, and it's really REALLY hot in there. Bearing in mind that I was there at the start of February and it was stifling in there due to boilers and heating cupboards and the like, I thought it was rediculous. The kitchens are tiny, really really small, well equipped, but small. I suppose this is because you don't relaly cook for yourself there. I found it odd that many of the bedrooms were empty when I went to see them, and they weren't exactly very homely. You have to provide your own bedding, which is fine, and you are responsible for cleaning your own room. The rooms have a desk, wardrobe and chest of drawers which are all of fine quality. All in all, the rooms would be OK, if a little small, with the help of some posters and rugs. Now here's the reason why I'm not going to go there. THERE AREN'T ANY DOORS ON THE SHOWERS. Yes, I was a bit surpri
sed too. There are flimsy little shower curtains infront of the showers, and there is no way I would be happy with that. I know it sounds silly, but it's a good basis for making a decision about which Uni to go to. I'd be unhappy in the halls almost purely due to the dining scheme and the showers! Their argument for the men not peeking round the curtains is that they live downstairs and the girls are upstairs. Like that would stop them. I know students, I've been one for 4 years! All in all, I didn't like the halls at Scraptoft, but there is always the option of living off campus, or even in the city centre halls if you really wanted to avoid them.