Resident • 2014 - 2015
I was very disappointed with University Place. My experience can't be accurately summarized in one paragraph though, so buckle up.
The manager, Alice, is an old, sweet lady who really wants you to be happy. However, she is old, and very, very forgetful and antiquated. If you pay for anything, it MUST be by check. If you have a roommate, you must both pay your rent with ONE check only. I spent more time than I should have thinking why on earth Alice chose this method of rent collection.
This isn't the only madness I experienced with checks. The laundry system might have been revolutionary in 1985, but it is very outdated. The machines take only a cash card that is only loadable through Alice - checks only. The machines themselves rarely work and would often take my money many times before finally working. You'd be better off going to a laundromat.
Also, Alice takes VERY long lunch breaks, and doesn't come in on weekends. I once tried to reload my laundry card at 10:45 in the morning, only to find out she was already gone for lunch, with nobody left behind to run the office. I came back 4 more times before giving up. She didn't come back until after 3:30.
The apartment itself was nice enough, although the buildings must be at least 60 years old, so there were constant maintenance issues, that always seemed to happen at the worst times possible. The living area and kitchen was spacious, and the apartment didn't have the typical "old apartment smell". There is built-in shelves in the walls near the bedrooms, and the bedrooms have walk-in closets. Bathrooms are nice, except for the showers. The showers have 2 available temperatures: Arctic cold and Hellfire. No amount of tinkering with the shower knobs can fix this. Trust me, I tried.
There is NO insulation in either the walls of the windows. Once, a group of people decided to congregate directly under my window at around 2 am and talk and laugh for about an hour. It sounded as if they were in the room with me. In addition to this, my neighbor enjoyed listening to techno music at around 9 in the morning, so I always had that to listen to.
All of this said, I did have a decent experience. It definitely could've been worse, but it also could've been much better. The only thing that made it better than staying in the dorms was the lifted visitation hours and having my own room. However, the location is just as good as any of the dorms, if not better. It is very close to both the business school and Waco Hall. Overall, I can't say I would recommend University Place.