For many of us, the topic of the Woods is an uneasy one. Much of Millikin’s students share the feeling of frustration towards the Woods. Factors of frustration occur almost every day, and I’m sure each person living in a Woods apartment right now can personally share their horror stories. Below you can find the top 5 Fails of the Woods in recent years!
1. The contaminated, crummy couches.
These extremely outdated couches were finally thrown out this past summer. Although the Woods got rid of these diminished forms of furniture some apartments still have them. This picture shows the mess these couches caused and that they were outside for nearly a month until they were finally thrown away!
2. The unreliable security.
Of course, the Woods promotes its security as if it were the best in the world. As if the “gated community” keeps all forms of violence out. This is a perfect way to bring in more residents every year, especially when the parents’ grab hold of this awesome security. However, the Woods needs to realize that leaving a gate open for weeks at a time completely defeats the purpose.
3. The slow maintenance.
Now, I know the maintenance deal with a lot and work ungodly hours, but maybe if they are so swapped with these hours, the Woods needs more staff! Many reports provide proof of residents waiting 2 or more weeks to get a fire alarm fixed. A FIRE ALARM! This rings up a huge issue because it is now putting lives in danger. More horror stories tell of large-scale insect invasions. Or how about the case of a mangled lock on the front door going unfixed for weeks?
4. The perfect(ly high) price for college students!
This is the most frequent complaint about the Woods. The price has gone up every year and will continue to rise in years to come. This would be completely understandable if the Woods made regular, significant renovations, put in top notch appliances, or offered a “resort style” pool year round. The prices are far higher than better apartments available in Decatur.
5. The ambiguous rules.
Many students skim over the actual rules of the lease they sign, ultimately missing crucial factors that would really trouble residents. For example, the lease states “you can be reassigned to a different unit or different roommates at any time” or “you are banned from conducting immoral practices in your apartment”. It is evident that if this rule was more known among residents, it would cause more uproar than it has now.
Share your experiences with the Woods in the comments! If we work together, perhaps we can get better treatment for residents of the Woods in years to come.