Written on: 06/05/2013
Don't move here. Really, just don't bother. I moved here in September 2012. When I first moved here I didn't know what to expect as this is the first time I've lived in student accommodation. If I was asked to write down the good and bad points, I honestly don't think I would have anything to put down for good points. When you come around on open days, they show you specific rooms that they have purposely kept in good condition and they don't show you what the rest of the place is like.
Firstly, one of the biggest problems: Transport. I really can't describe how important this is. Firstly, some idiot decided to build Storthes Hall miles away from the town. Not only does this cut you off from everything, it means that you have to catch the terrible bus service from Storthes to the Uni. The bus also ONLY goes to Uni, meaning if you wanted to get a bus somewhere else in town, you have to go to Uni and then walk it. The bus is meant to come every 30 minutes, but that's only on a good day. The drivers are incredibly rude and inconsiderate. They drive badly constantly, speeding round corners, accelerating up to go over speed bumps etc. The times the bus arrives at Uni is also not in sync with when lectures start, meaning you have to arrive 35 minutes early or 5-10 minutes late. The buses are constantly crowded way over the safe limits every morning, and often the queue to get the bus stretches all the way up the road. Being late for morning lectures really is unavoidable during the morning thanks to the bus service.
The appliances are all incredibly old and barely working. The kettles needed cleaning out when we moved in because otherwise we was waiting about 10 minutes just for it to boil. The fridges and freezers are 16 years old according to the labels on them and are simply too small for flats of 7/8 people. The amount of space in them is ridiculous, people are always having to use other people's shelf space. The ovens and hobs were in a disgusting mess when we moved in that needed cleaning.
The rest of the kitchen is awful. When I moved in I spent a good few hours cleaning it all down, as it was obvious the cleaners never did over the summer. The lack of good cupboard space is really annoying and often causes tension when people who move in late end up with a tiny section of someone else's cupboard. The table that comes with in the kitchen has god awful infant school/ikea style chairs that make you feel like a kid when you sit on them.
The bedrooms are just as bad. They have terrible wall paint colour choices, from a pale pink to vile bright yellow. The curtains are stained and rotten, with mine having moth holes in when I first moved here. Many people have sick stains in their carpet when they move in, meaning that the "cleaners" never clean the rooms over summer. The mattress is obviously very old as the springs stick into your back every night. It is the same for everyone I've talked to, no one has a decent mattress. The windows in the rooms are stupid, you have to leave them unlocked all the time, the moment you lock them you have to go to reception to get someone from maintenance to come unlock it for you. What's all that about? The chairs that come with the rooms are crappy school type chairs that need cleaning as bad as the carpets. The on-suite shower room is OK but comes with damp and rotten shower curtains.
PLEASE don't move here, it's really made this part of my first year unenjoyable. There is other accommodation that is actually inside Huddersfield and one of them is literally across the road from the Uni. Look into one of them if you plan on having a nice place to stay after a hard day at university, coming back to Storthes after just means you can't relax and unwind, your constantly reminded of what a dank and horrible place your living.
(Also, as I write this, yet again the "cleaning chemicals" have leaked into the main water supply meaning it is undrinkable and not even safe for having a shower in. This sort of water related problem happens at least once a month here.)