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UCB Maltings Birmingham
The Maltings UCB Residence
Author Name: RoseRose
The Maltings UCB Residence
I am 22 and I moved into the UCB Malting's accommodation on Granville street, in September 2012 only to move out shortly afterwards due to the horror of the experience.
Do not move into the Malting's, it will be something you regret. The halls are old fashioned and mouldy, if you have asthma you will be chocking the whole time your there due to the vast amount of mould and lack of windows/working ventilation in the bathroom. (I had an en suite) The staff will also neither care, nor listen if you try to complain.
The mattresses are ancient and also mouldy. The walls are party stained, especially in the kitchen. The kitchen is filthy, whoever, once a week "hall managers" (also known as drunken children) pretend to perform a "kitchen check", however more than once, the hall managers have passed of our neighbours kitchen which was full of puke, dirty washing up and bins full of rubbish.
Why the filth? The halls are full of permanently drunk children who will have kitchen parties till 3 or 4 am most mornings, even though it's the security staffs job to patrol the halls in order to prevent such things, but they are normally too busy sat in the malting's office, pretending to work.
As such, the lack of patrolling, coupled with halls full of drunken children means your stay will be full of filth, vomit and noise. The rooms aren't even close to sound proof, you can hear what is happening in the flat opposite as well as above and under, causing a constant base rhythm to be pounded through your mouldy walls.
To top this all of, you are only permitted guests till 11pm therefore anyone smuggled in before 11 can stay unnoticed, meaning halls are often full of strangers and none students, who could potentially cause harm. The staff of UCB will try to convince you on the open day that the Malting's are a safe community, however, it's a lie. As long as I stayed there, I could get in and out the front door simply by walking in after the person in front of me. The front door opens through a key fob entry, but if you walk in after someone, the door stays open for a matter of time meaning anyone could come in. The people opposite me had their flat broken into, whereas we had drunken children break into our kitchen and hold a rave in our kitchen.
Also, the Tesco nearest to the accommodation often has old men in cars lurking around it as they know young students frequent this store. I found this out one day when one followed me down the road, on my way back to halls from the Tesco, in his car shouting at me to get into it. By the time I got to halls I was in tears and informed the guards of the incident, only to have them tell me there is nothing they could do as he's gone. A few days later I saw the same car lurking in the same area, and other girls in my block have had the similar experiences, however security has failed to resolve the issue.
The staff in the accommodation office are completely uninterested in any happenings within the Malting's accommodation and will not respond to you, unless they can financially benefit from you, i.e a student enquiring about moving in, but when you call to address a complaint, they are constantly "unavailable" and will not respond, unless again; they see financial benefit.
The washing machines are communal and are constantly out of order. The kitchens all have two stoves, in mine, neither worked. Neither did the hoover.
Parents, if you are reading this, please do not send your children to this accommodation. They will hate it there, but as the contract ties them in for 9 months, will not be able to escape out of there until the end of contract term. I struggled to leave and am now saddled with debt from doing so. The experience was horrific and I would not wish it upon anyone.
Summary: DO NOT MOVE TO THE UCB MALTINGS.