Sheffield is a city full of life! From its historic buildings to the wealth of culture, there are so many things for you to do. It’s also home to some amazing architecture and is one of the most popular places in England for students. Whether you want a small house or an flat with plenty of space, Sheffield has something for everyone.
There are many businesses in the local area, small independent shops, chains, and supermarkets. It is close to the city centre and transport links are perfectly adequate.
However the area is in the middle of what South Yorkshire police refers to as a “crime hotspot”, with burglaries being the main scourge. This may be due to the fact that there are many students living in the area, so thieves assume that there are many easy targets.
Please review your development:
Safety was the main concern. Thefts and antisocial behaviour happened too often during the eleven months I’ve been there. It was too easy for intruders to enter the building and look for an opportunity to steal something or to cause trouble. See for instance the online article from local paper The Star about one such incident that happened at Brook Place.
Beyond the safety concerns, the place is rather ordinary. You will easily find other accommodations in Sheffield offering equivalent or better standards at a lower price.
The receptionists confided that about a dozen residents move out each month on average. Few residents must be renewing their tenancies. Most tenants seemed to be students. Staff turnover was also surprisingly high. Two receptionists in the team of four were replaced in the space of just eleven months.
Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:
I did not know Sheffield when I moved to Brook Place, and many other residents were apparently in the same situation. A year later and with a better knowledge of the city, it is evident that there are better and cheaper options available.
How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:
Their response to the many safety concerns raised by residents was extremely disappointing. Their strategy always seemed to do the bare minimum to maintain the illusion that they took residents’ concerns seriously and to safeguard their public image, without taking serious actions.