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Hi all, I thought I would make a thread to offer some advice to everyone who's looking at accommodation in Coventry because I wish I had something like this when choosing.

I'm Arun, I study Automotive design, and I have stayed in two Liberty Point owned properties, and I also have experience of the other accommodations in Coventry. These are MY opinions and my experiences from the accommodations, people will have different opinions of different places!

Liberty Point.

Pros:

- Great sized rooms - The rooms are fairly big, especially if you opt for the larger premium rooms, which are huge, they also come with a double bed. It is en-suite, the bathroom is a fairly good size, quite easy to clean due to the tiled floor. The single beds are not bad, you get used to it after a while, very large desk space which is ideal for most Art type courses as you use up a lot of space, and somewhat sufficient storage space with the under bed storage you have, I found the wardrobe to be quite small.

- Secured Site - The site is managed by security from 6 pm til 9 am, its quite good knowing that there is security around you such as secure gates, cameras etc, however if there is any incident they will most likely call the police and let them deal with it.

- Short distance from the university - The uni isn't very far away at all, you can crawl out of bed, shower have a quick bite and be there fairly quickly if you're running late. It's also roughly a two minute walk from Far Gosford street which has a few shops, and a Dominos where you will probably spend a lot of money...

- First years only club - It's not an official club by the way... Anyway, it is only open to first years, so you will get the chance to POTENTIALLY talk to a bunch of people that are in the same as you and POTENTIALLY, huge emphasis on that word, make friends.

Cons:

- Kitchen - The kitchens are really outdated, I feel that they are due a refurb, a lot of the equipment seems to vary depending on what flat you're in, for instance you may have a small chunky TV, or a equally small Flat Screen TV, you may have a great new fridge or an old fridge. Same goes for the cooker although from what I've seen mostly all of them are terrible, they're really really slow, old and small. The living area next to the kitchen is quite adequately sized however. Also you get one cupboard each in the kitchen, which means that you really don't have a lot of space. Also one Fridge/Freezer between 6 people really isn't ideal at all...

- Security - From my many encounters with security I find their leniency and procedures vary. Sometimes I am made to feel like a child, when I am in my own flat at university. After 11:30 you are not allowed to make loud noise, which seems incredibly reasonable, however if they come up to your floor, hear any noise, they will often come in and quite rudely speak to you. However one or two Guards have asked nicely and for good reason as the music was loud. Also they will not let you bring anyone in after a set time, if it's past 12 midnight, you aren't allowed to bring anyone to YOUR flat. Ridiculous.
Furthermore they are very slow to open any doors which people may need to get out of and also slow to open the gates to let cars in, or if you're collecting a take away or simply getting a taxi.

- The stupid revolving door. - This door will be the most annoying thing ever in life to you. It's stupid to get in and out of the place with it there, the poor old fobs will often not work leaving you confused and bewildered trapped in a green revolving trap. Seriously though, it is very annoying and you can barely fit in there with any bags, and if you wish to try to enter through the other doors on the other side (which you have no access to) you cannot open them, and the security will not open the gates for you.

- Unsociable - The place is like a ghost town, people seem to avoid each other, there isn't really a friendly atmosphere around the place, I don't know barely any people who live in the same place as me! It doesn't feel like the official university halls.

- Price - The price of Liberty Point at 5,500 can be a killer to you if your student finance is quite low, make sure your finances are correct if you decide to live here.

- The office - The previous Liberty place I lived in, had an office that ran 24/7, meaning you can collect any parcels you wanted at any time. However here, the office operates from the morning until around 5-6. So if you are in Uni from 9/10 until the afternoon, it's really hard to get your parcels. I often come back to then see the office has been closed for lunch. Everyone seems to go on lunch at the same time... The office can sometimes be closed 2-3 times a day, for such a long period it makes getting anything you need from there such a hassle. Furthermore they do not offer a lot of services, if you need to do things to do with the accommodation they will just refer you to the student centre.

- Inspections - The previous Liberty I lived in, was private, nobody was allowed to enter your room without your consent, the staff could not barge in at all and no inspections of your room were conducted. I can understand the procedure of inspections in any accommodation. However I found the process of inspections here, ridiculous. They will specify a very long time as to when they are inspecting your room, a few days sometimes, so from Monday - Friday for example. They will then... regardless of your state, i.e if you're in the shower, just knock, say room inspection and walk in at their own leisure.

- Signing people in. - Again I understand the procedure, however it is painfully annoying signing every person in, specifying how long they are going to stay, it's a very annoying thing and often lengthy, however its protocol.

- Common room closure - The common room closes at 12, you wanna play pool? Too bad, you better go make your own table in your kitchen because you aren't allowed up at such times to utilise the equipment, haha! Although it is free, the pool table is on its last legs, terrible condition.

- Laundry - With the electronic system in place, if you want to do a wash, you must top up either 5, 10, 15, etc. There is no use of coins, it is all digital and this is often very annoying, especially if your wash will equate to £6, and you have to top up £10.

- Noise - Honestly if you live in C Block, you will be bombarded with noise outside your window if you live in the outward facing rooms to the uni. People outside smoking certain things... often make so much noise talking and playing music that it can wake you up, its so annoying, your chances of living in that specific place may be slim but hey now you've read this you may end up there ironically haha!

- Parking - Okay so you're a student, barely money as it is, and if you can get good insurance at home, lets say around about £1,100, and then you have the car the license and insurance, if you wish to keep your car at Liberty you have to pay around £550, which is about half of your insurance in that instance, it is far too high. Also if you wish to insure your car in Coventry, the area isn't the best and I've had some sky high quotes.


In conclusion Liberty has much more cons than positives in my eyes, the actual place isn't too bad, and if you can get past a few annoying things, and really push to socialise, it may be a okay place for you.

Rating: 3/5



Callice Court.

Pros:

- HUGE PLACE - This means there are a LOT of people, I often hear it being referred to as the 'hood' accommodation. But being a very large place, there are a lot of people there and this means it's more sociable, there is a larger sense of a student feel there as there are just a lot more students roaming around. There's a lot of parking there also, and its secured by a gate etc.

- Awesome key card - You don't have any old regular key, you have a key card for entry to the premises and this also offers access to your room, hotel style.

- Common room - The common room has sofas, sitting areas, a ping pong table, your mail is stored there (with parcels at the reception), and also it has an upstairs (I know right, an upstairs!!!) and there you have a pool table, TV to which you can connect, and windows you can even draw on... and its open 24/7.

Brand New Blocks - They have made some changes to some of the blocks, now looking a whole lot better, more modern, sleek and enjoyable to live in, try get a spot there if you can, they look great.

- Close to uni - Possibly one of the closest places to uni, gotta be in your business lecture for 10? I guess I'll wake up at 09:50 then.

Cons:

- Mix of years - Callice is open to all years, so you could run the risk of living in a flat with busy unsociable third years and then you, which can make it hard to socialise with them as you all have different priorities and you don't have someone experiencing the first year with you.

- No security - It is quite easy for anyone to just waltz in there, if someone has opened the door, a tailgater could just come in possibly looking to use the common room because theirs at liberty is closed now..., although its pointless, as they cant get into your block or room, so you're safe from that point of view.

- Parcels - Parcels aren't 24/7, you have to collect them from the reception in their opening times, and again this can be a huge pain.

- Small...everything - I found the rooms to be quite small there, the kitchen to also be quite small too, although its perfectly habitable, I think if you want a bit more space you may want to opt for elsewhere. The beds are fairly well sized, the bathroom is tiny, but at least you get an En-suite.

All in all Calice is pretty good, if you're willing to pay a fair bit of money and deal with a slightly small room it's a great place to be.

Rating: 3.5/5


Victoria halls.

Pros:

- Amazing looking. - It just looks great, modern, new, nice, looking at the place and thinking 'I live here' must be a nice feeling. You can escape from the Coventry area into some really nice place which makes you feel good.

- Kitchen. - If you haven't done it already, go and check out their kitchens on their site. Stunning modern new clean looking kitchen and also living room. Leather sofas in there, and again the kitchen looks amazing. And you also have a nice TV in there.

- Security - The usual in security, gated, safe blah blah And not to mention their staff is there 24/7.

- Call other flats, for teh lulz - You can call other flats in there, or even management from your hallway, its quite convenient, I guess.

- Modern sleek room - Although its smaller than the liberty rooms by a little bit, the rooms are amazingly nice, they look great, again, single beds, so get used to it guys. Also it's En-suite.

- Studios - Don't like people?! Have a studio! Live by yourself, quite highly priced, however it's nice to have the option there if needs be.

Cons:

- Signing people in - Yeah just, yeah...

- No onsite parking - Not good if you bring a car and you're concerned about it's safety.

- Monthly inspections - These are of both your room and also the communal areas, decide if you can live with that.

I really like Victoria Halls and I'd recommend it. It's a Good distance to the university, just in front of Liberty, and also its closer to the city centre so lugging those bags from Sainsburys won't be too much of an issue. Great nice looking place.

Rating: 4/5


Singer Halls.

Pros:

- Party Central - Definitely the most sociable of all places, its cheap and cheerful, the place is always really buzzing with life, the people there are always friendly, you get a 'You alright' and a smile, meeting people there, they just seem happy!

- Cheap - Although it isn't en-suite, it's really good for the money, there are little houses dotted around that make it seem like a little estate for students

- Large rooms - Okay eliminate the bathroom from your en-suite room size and BAM, you're left with a large room, it has a little sink and mirror in there if you need to have a quick freshen up, the rooms are a great size, always open to be personalised with posters and what not, there's a lot of storage space.

- Not too far from the uni - Its just behind Victoria halls, not too far at all, its close to practically the only worth club going to...

Cons:

- Small kitchen - Its a really narrow kitchen, small space to eat, not ideal for pre drinks but we are students and we make it work! There seems to be a fair amount of storage there though. And the white goods seem decent.

- On site management - On one occasion I ran into security, they patrol the whole of singer, and the most they really do with noise complaints is just ask for ID and you get an email about the noise.

- Shared bathrooms - Safe to say this just depends on who you live with and how clean they are, there is a bath there which isn't offered by the other accommodations, separate shower room etc, however if you aren't a fan of the idea of sharing with others, it probably isn't for you

Almost everyone I have met at singer really enjoys it, its cheap and can be ideal if you want to save a chunk of money by sacrificing an en-suite. It's really friendly and not too bad in terms of a commute.

Rating: 4/5


Others worth mentioning.

Priory halls.

Do your own research on this place, I didn't think it seemed necessary to mention it as I haven't experienced the place, from what I know its quite old and not the best place to live.

Rating: 1/5

Study inn.

Again i have never visited one, however it looks really really good, if you can bare the price which is quite high, you get A LOT for your money. Including your room being cleaned, nice fresh bed sheets fitted, a gym, a conference room, great modern setting, if you can justify the price I'd definitely say it seems like a great place to live!

Rating: 4/5

Liberty Park.

Huge similarities to liberty so just bare that in mind, a mix of years in this one, however I feel its quite far away and the commute mustn't be great.

Rating: 2/5

I hope this has been of some help to you and if you read the whole thing, congratulations because that was long.

Drop a comment if you wish to know anything else.

Good luck with everything and I hope this helps with your choice!!!

- Arun~
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Great advice - thanks.
What about this "paradise place" - a mate of mine in the second year has said its quite new/modern as well??
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Great advice - thanks.
What about this "paradise place" - a mate of mine in the second year has said its quite new/modern as well??
No worries, from what i've seen its fairly good, the rooms are similar to Liberty Rooms, you have 3 and 5 bedroom flats, all en-suite's, its been refurbished, it looks great, in terms of distance its about 10 minutes from the rail station, I'm not quite sure about how the atmosphere is to live there! And also pricing, that's something you'd have to check yourself, its not really well known so perhaps its a bit more quiet and peaceful. Its right next to the technology centre, a bit of a walk to the campus, and I don't think they offer any car parking!
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This is so helpful! Just wanted to ask your experience on applying for accommodation and how quickly it is to go?


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This is so helpful! Just wanted to ask your experience on applying for accommodation and how quickly it is to go?


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Glad you found it helpful, its a bit fiddly with the on line process,im assuming you mean how quickly the rooms are to fill up, and I guess its fairly quick, the later you do it the less chance you have to be in your first choice, I only chose Liberty but they allowed me a straight transfer from one Liberty to another so I was lucky as this sped up the process. If you have any questions they have a helpline and you can just call!
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Thanks for the guide! Do you know anything about the University Owned houses?
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Thanks for the guide! Do you know anything about the University Owned houses?
You're welcome, there are a lot of different properties, so to comment on every single one would be long! I've never personally been in one, but I know the layout is quite similar to halls rooms and kitchens, but its just in a house, they tend to try to maximise space, there are a few different options, you can get some rooms with an en-suite and the location can be changed to suit you in terms of choosing where you live, a few are close to the train station so it's not too bad of a walk, they're cheaper than halls aswell, and if you can handle not having an en-suite it can be quite cheap, its almost as if they have little singer hall houses around the city, that's the impression I get! I'd say for the price and the luxury of having your own home, is really good, and you can always visit friends in halls, so you get a bit of both lives.
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Great review! Perhaps do you know anything about the Casselden House?
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Great review! Do you know anything about Casselden House or Penny Black House?
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I'm going to be staying in Liberty Point next year but a bit apprehensive. Is it sociable at all? And are the standard Rooms a single bed? Also, is it possible to sneak anyone in?
I really wanted to stay in callice but all the rooms are filled up for unconditional offers
And because Liberty point and callice are fairly close, does anyone mingle with each other? Thanks xx
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I'm going to be staying in Liberty Point next year but a bit apprehensive. Is it sociable at all? And are the standard Rooms a single bed? Also, is it possible to sneak anyone in?
I really wanted to stay in callice but all the rooms are filled up for unconditional offers
And because Liberty point and callice are fairly close, does anyone mingle with each other? Thanks xx
how do you know you will be staying in Liberty? Where can I find this out for myself for?
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Great review! Do you know anything about Casselden House or Penny Black House?
Hi Shyan, thank you! I don't know anything about this place, i've never even spotted it around coventry until i've just looked it up online, all the relevant information is on their site, it seems like a really small place! And for the price you're paying it's similar to most of the rest, so perhaps weigh up your options with pricing on the rest before choosing this place.

One further accommodation I didn't mention is Mercia Lodge, looks really good, all refurbished, and great facilities, check that out if they aren't already fully booked!

Hope this helps
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I'm going to be staying in Liberty Point next year but a bit apprehensive. Is it sociable at all? And are the standard Rooms a single bed? Also, is it possible to sneak anyone in?
I really wanted to stay in callice but all the rooms are filled up for unconditional offers
And because Liberty point and callice are fairly close, does anyone mingle with each other? Thanks xx
Hi, firstly the social aspect of it, is of my own experiences and my friends experiences, and also any other people I've spoken to briefly on site. Socially I think the first week will be your best bet to make as many friends as you can, as silly as it may sound knock on peoples doors in other flats, make friends! There will most likely be a bar crawl for your halls, to which you can hopefully meet people and make friends!

Secondly, yes the standard rooms are single beds, it is possible to get people in, the security will be fine with you the first week with almost everything, playing loud music, having people over etc, as its freshers that's what you expect! Some guards may give you a lecture if you bring people in after a set time, but yeah you should be able to have people over after 12 no worries, just that you may get a bit of hassle dependent on who's there!

I have a friend in Callice and i've been there myself, its more than likely that you will make friends in different halls, and mingle! Id encourage you to make friends within the first week, attend a lot of the events, even the ones which don't include nights out, and really push to make friends on your course also and you'll be absolutely fine.

No need to be anxious about it, if you're staying in liberty you'll be safe, with no bill payments on your mind, and the year will be as good as you make it, so make it a good one!

I hope this helps you
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Hi, firstly the social aspect of it, is of my own experiences and my friends experiences, and also any other people I've spoken to briefly on site. Socially I think the first week will be your best bet to make as many friends as you can, as silly as it may sound knock on peoples doors in other flats, make friends! There will most likely be a bar crawl for your halls, to which you can hopefully meet people and make friends!

Secondly, yes the standard rooms are single beds, it is possible to get people in, the security will be fine with you the first week with almost everything, playing loud music, having people over etc, as its freshers that's what you expect! Some guards may give you a lecture if you bring people in after a set time, but yeah you should be able to have people over after 12 no worries, just that you may get a bit of hassle dependent on who's there!

I have a friend in Callice and i've been there myself, its more than likely that you will make friends in different halls, and mingle! Id encourage you to make friends within the first week, attend a lot of the events, even the ones which don't include nights out, and really push to make friends on your course also and you'll be absolutely fine.

No need to be anxious about it, if you're staying in liberty you'll be safe, with no bill payments on your mind, and the year will be as good as you make it, so make it a good one!

I hope this helps you

Thank you so much! This really helped!
I have a few more questions, when you enter the premises, do they see whoever is coming in ... Like for instance, if I was bringing a friend over, would my friend be able to get inside with me without the security saying anything or would they definitely need to sign in?

And in terms of making friends, do you think your hall mates or your course mates are closer to you?

Thanks in advance!
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how do you know you will be staying in Liberty? Where can I find this out for myself for?
I have an unconditional offer because Im on a gap year and got my results last year So they automatically told me where I was staying and what my room number was
I think if you have a conditional offer, they tell you that they have reserved a place for you but you won't know all the details until you have confirmed your place at coventry after results day
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Hi Shyan, thank you! I don't know anything about this place, i've never even spotted it around coventry until i've just looked it up online, all the relevant information is on their site, it seems like a really small place! And for the price you're paying it's similar to most of the rest, so perhaps weigh up your options with pricing on the rest before choosing this place.

One further accommodation I didn't mention is Mercia Lodge, looks really good, all refurbished, and great facilities, check that out if they aren't already fully booked!

Hope this helps
Thank you for your info, Arun! This is really helpful.
Yes, i already looked Mercia Lodge, unfortunately everywhere is already fully booked. However, that two buildings haven't fully booked yet. Lol

Do you have another place that you recommend??
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Cheers for info mate!

Just been accepted into singer halls, deposited paid

All set to go now!

Roll on September
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Cheers for info mate!

Just been accepted into singer halls, deposited paid

All set to go now!

Roll on September
You're welcome, have a great time enjoy it!
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Hi Arun,

Firstly i would like to thank you for the posts, its been really helpful!

Can i know whether the previous private Liberty you lived in (mentioned at top), which was also owned by Liberty, refers to Liberty Park? or it is a different one?

Would really appreciate your reply as i have been really frustrated upon accommodation matters. Cant stand room inspections and would love loose guests restrictions.

TIA !!!
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Hi Arun,

Firstly i would like to thank you for the posts, its been really helpful!

Can i know whether the previous private Liberty you lived in (mentioned at top), which was also owned by Liberty, refers to Liberty Park? or it is a different one?

Would really appreciate your reply as i have been really frustrated upon accommodation matters. Cant stand room inspections and would love loose guests restrictions.

TIA !!!
Hi Polina,

The previous Liberty I stayed in was at Staffordshire university, it's my understanding that all the private ones are not subject to room inspections, but just to be sure if you give Liberty Park a call I'm sure they could tell you their policy! I hope this helps!
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