I lived in Goldsmith Court on Chaucer Street last year. If you are considering this property, please take note.
It is very expensive.
Okay, so you know that already. But what do you get for your money?
1. Great location
2. broadband internet
3. thats about it.
What don't you get?
1. Peace and quiet when you need it (and I don't mean it in a good way). The previous residents, myself included, were the first batch to live at Goldsmith Court. Most rooms are unfortunate enough to be in too close proximity to ROCK CITY, a club literally outside our windows. The noise levels coming from that club has been deemed to exceed STATUTORY NUISANCE by the ENVIRONMENT AGENCY.
About 100 of us students made complaints to the environment agency last year and they came to investigate. Rock City has virtually no insulation and were ordered to fix this. Work is planned for end of this year. If you're thinking 'Great- at least it will be fixed' THINK AGAIN. Consider the noise effect of building works. Right outside your window.
The building was not completed when we moved in in September 2003. For months we lived with listening to drilling works, trucks and workmen shouting from 7.30 am to 5pm. To retaliate, we started the Goldsmith Court Student Association. Some students started legal action in the small claims courts because of the noise, etc. The owners of Goldsmith sold the building. I think it has changed hands at least twice.
2. Adequate security
Despite the CCTV and keycard system for each building, flat and room, I have personally known a flat on the 3rd floor to be intruded by a non student stranger trying to open each door in the flat. My friend was awoken in the middle of the night by some guy trying to force his room door open. This was an incident in which the police were actually called out. It is quite safe, but don't be led to believe that you can leave your doors unlocked.
Personally, I didn't find it that bad. But I was one of the lucky ones on the fifth floor, away from most of the noise and relatively safe. But I paid less rent that most of you will. When I left a month ago, I was well aware that they were planning to hike the rent up.
My advice is simple. They know the have a great location and so they will charge you the top end of what they can.
If you want to live in Goldsmith- make sure you ask about noise levels and what works are planned for the future around the area (living in a construction site is NOT nice). At least then you will be going into it with open eyes.
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