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    Is the area around the Piccadilly point accommodation (UNITE Halls) considered dangerous? I have heard a lot about drug dealing? Is this correct?
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    (Original post by Fostiras)
    Is the area around the Piccadilly point accommodation (UNITE Halls) considered dangerous? I have heard a lot about drug dealing? Is this correct?
    It's fine. Piccadilly Gardens has a bit of a reputation for dealing, but truth be told I've never known what all the fuss is about - I've never noticed dealing there, and I've never been offered drugs there either.

    However, I would question your decision to go for private halls - they're generally inferior to university halls on the grounds that they are
    • invariably overpriced
    • poorly maintened (UNITE is notorious for this)
    • a strange mix of students. The students are drawn from all the different institutions (UoM, MMU, Manchester College, Salford etc.), from all different years, and lots of internationals.
    • Freshers week events at Manchester are organised via the committees in university-owned halls. There is no equivalent in private halls, which makes freshers week nowhere near as good.
    • If you drop out of uni (never say never - some people do, and the vast majority of those who do drop out during first year) then if you are in private halls, you will have to pay the entire year's rent, even though you (a) aren't living there, and (b) aren't receiving student finance. If you're in uni halls, you don't have to continue paying.
 
 
 
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