Do not stay with unite Watch
However, I lived with UNITE in Leeds for first and second year. For the majority of the time, I couldn't fault the service. I don't think I ever had a fire drill on Tuesdays like it was scheduled, but maybe I was at university at the time. The alarm on my floor did go off a fair bit, but that's the fault of the students in a particular flat and their inability to make toast, not UNITE. Whenever security was needed (e.g for a fire alarm at night) response was always quick and staff were polite. I do agree though that opening times on reception could be better. Yes, the lift did break occasionally, but that would happen elsewhere. Yes, strangers did find their way into the building, but again, this wasn't UNITE's fault, it would have been people running in through the main door before it shut and locked - or worse - when other students let them in. As for charging people for ridiculous things, I have heard this too, but from personal experience, I haven't been charged... even though I made a small burn on the carpet in first year.
Also, people are saying not to live with them/in halls for second year, I was with UNITE in second year and I lived with 3 other girls, all of whom were in second year too. So, really, it does seem that each UNITE building is different. In fact, the only reason I am not living in UNITE accommodation for fourth year is because I found somewhere cheaper.