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Thinking of going to Unite but there's loads of bad stuff on here about them. All of this is new to me, the first payment is due in August, £501 before the loan comes through unless funded by parents how do they expect students to pay for this. I have a worry that if I pay a deposit then change my mind for whatever reason i am then liable for the whole years rent, so I'm scared to commit but if i don't I run the risk of not getting a nice room. Understand I can cancel if I don't make the grades.
Is this normal that one you have paid the deposit then you are laibel for the year (after a cooling off period)
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Thinking of going to Unite but there's loads of bad stuff on here about them. All of this is new to me, the first payment is due in August, £501 before the loan comes through unless funded by parents how do they expect students to pay for this. I have a worry that if I pay a deposit then change my mind for whatever reason i am then liable for the whole years rent, so I'm scared to commit but if i don't I run the risk of not getting a nice room. Understand I can cancel if I don't make the grades.
Is this normal that one you have paid the deposit then you are laibel for the year (after a cooling off period)
yes thats perfectly normal. If you can find someone to take over your room then you can usually get out of the contract if you wanted to leave.
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Finding someone to take over your contract can be difficult though, and some people don't manage to find a replacement so have to pay all year.

There's no need to book this early in the year.

Is there a reason why you're not going for uni owned halls? You'll usually find that they have nicer T&Cs
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Finding someone to take over your contract can be difficult though, and some people don't manage to find a replacement so have to pay all year.

There's no need to book this early in the year.

Is there a reason why you're not going for uni owned halls? You'll usually find that they have nicer T&Cs
Because they are off site and an ex asylum, creepy, prefer to be on campus and in the town centre.
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Because they are off site and an ex asylum, creepy, prefer to be on campus and in the town centre.
I promise you that Unite's T&Cs are far scarier than anything you will ever find in an ex-asylum.

Go for uni halls - you won't be asked for that much rent up front, if you miss your grades then there won't be any problems, and if you were to drop out (never say never - some people do) then you won't find yourself liable for rent for the whole year. It will also probably be cheaper per year.

You should also be aware that private halls tend to attract a strange mix of international students (not known for their socialising, to put it politely), mature students, postgrads and second / third years students. These groups are not freshers, and won't be after the same uni experience that you're probably after in first year, plus they will already have their own friends and so won't be as open to making new ones. Essentially, you run the risk of making yourself socially isolated and rather miserable in a place that you can't (financially) escape.

Go into uni halls, for your own sake.
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I promise you that Unite's T&Cs are far scarier than anything you will ever find in an ex-asylum.

Go for uni halls - you won't be asked for that much rent up front, if you miss your grades then there won't be any problems, and if you were to drop out (never say never - some people do) then you won't find yourself liable for rent for the whole year. It will also probably be cheaper per year.

You should also be aware that private halls tend to attract a strange mix of international students (not known for their socialising, to put it politely), mature students, postgrads and second / third years students. These groups are not freshers, and won't be after the same uni experience that you're probably after in first year, plus they will already have their own friends and so won't be as open to making new ones. Essentially, you run the risk of making yourself socially isolated and rather miserable in a place that you can't (financially) escape.

Go into uni halls, for your own sake.
Is Unite really that bad because I was thinking of moving there Jan 2014?
and what about their T&C's are so bad.

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Is Unite really that bad because I was thinking of moving there Jan 2014?
and what about their T&C's are so bad.

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First off, there's effectively no way out of the contract. If you drop out (never say never - some people do) then you will either have to pay the rent until the end of the year, or you will have to find a new tenant. But your student finance will stop because you're no longer a student, and the new tenant must be a student... but all the students are tied into contracts elsewhere, so couldn't move in even if they wanted to. I've lost track of the number of TSRians who I've seen practically begging someone to take over their contract - but they never seem to succeed, for the above reason.

I've also heard various tales of woe related to substandard accommodation and a refusal to return deposits, for reasons that the former tenants felt was unjustified.

At one point there was an official Unite rep on TSR, they seemed to spend all their time fielding complaints - but they'd never deal with them out in the open, they always wanted to deal with them via PM, so no one else could see what was going on. They no longer have an account on TSR.

I'd suggest running a few searches on TSR (using the search bar at the top of the page) and see what comes up.
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Thank you very much.
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Thinking of going to Unite but there's loads of bad stuff on here about them. All of this is new to me, the first payment is due in August, £501 before the loan comes through unless funded by parents how do they expect students to pay for this. I have a worry that if I pay a deposit then change my mind for whatever reason i am then liable for the whole years rent, so I'm scared to commit but if i don't I run the risk of not getting a nice room. Understand I can cancel if I don't make the grades.
Is this normal that one you have paid the deposit then you are laibel for the year (after a cooling off period)

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