Student accommodation has changed a lot since the late 1980s when Nikki from Midlifechic was at uni… but was she prepared for how much? We invited Nikki to check into iQ Warehouse One in Manchester and experience resident life for herself.
“I thought I knew all there was to know about student accommodation… but speaking to iQ, I realised that maybe I didn’t. iQ aim to give students a home-from-home experience, and my middle son and I arrived in Manchester not knowing quite what to expect.
The first surprise was that the accommodation itself was only a two-minute walk from Piccadilly Station, giving my son only a 90-minute journey home (if he ever wanted to...)
I was also glad to see that security was tight - an electronic key fob was required to get in and move around the building.
There are various accommodation options - we ended up staying in a two-bedroom flat with a shared living area, a shared kitchen and a very unstudenty bathroom. Communal areas included a really easy launderette, hot desks for studying, rooms for group study and a lounge area to socialise with iQ residents.
The entertainment was endless, and a lot more than what I had in halls. We played table tennis, pool, even indulged in some karaoke, enjoyed some gaming, watched a film in the 25-seater cinema and even worked out in the onsite gym.
It was lovely to experience freshers with my son and I would absolutely recommend iQ Student Accommodation.”