As a professional couple one of the first questions we asked LS1 about our particular building was are there any students there. Having lived near them before we know the problems they can cause when you\'re not one yourself. We were told no, or the only ones would be mature students. This turned out to be complete rubbish. We have had numerous problems with some students (people who are frequently up until 4-5am blasting music out and shouting) until they moved out, and still see rubbish/take aways/broken bottles etc. strewn around the street, entrances and communal areas almost every week. When we contacted LS1 about a series of incidents regarding our neighbours they made out there was absolutely nothing they could do about it and we contact environmental health, despite us getting the building manager to back up our arguments.
Which leads me to my second point. Another thing we asked was regarding security (partly in case there were trouble causing students). We were told and show the 24-hr on site office, which gave us peace of mind, but in reality was another lie - and the one time we had to contact the on-site security we were told they weren\'t the security for our actual building. They gave us a random phone number to ring, we tried several times and couldn\'t get through.
On the occasion mentioned above where we managed to contact the building manager/caretaker he was very helpful in sorting it out, but it seems at some point he has left his job and not been replaced. As a result it seems a lot of things he used to do are left until someone complains about it.
The parking spaces are very expensive - around £80-90p/m but we were told there was a van park over the road where you can park a car for about £40, which we thought was good of them to tell us that. It turned out however the van park had been illegally operating so had to shut its car park. In turn it means many people have to park on a nearby secluded industrial estate, often with drunks/druggies wandering around.
Our apartment itself is very nice, no problems there. But its everything else around that is a problem. We get the feeling the agents will simply say what you want to hear, as when you\'ve got past the student phase you know what to look for in a rental property to make it feel more like a home than just somewhere to sleep.