I stayed here while I was preparing for the bar exam. While I was living there, it didn't seem like a bad place. Decent sized room, twin bed. The worst part was what I caught from the room. I got MRSA from the bed/room/etc i stayed in. I spent the summer with my skin falling off. I'm a pretty laid back guy but when it came to getting my security deposit back they tried to say that I did "clean" sufficiently. It took me three months, two people that were "in charge" and a threat to sue to get my deposit back. Since getting a staph infection was "my fault because I didn't clean." Good luck getting anyone from management to get back to you. I have some other awful stories. If you want a few more, let me know. Message me. The people that work the front desk are very nice and do the best they can. The owners won't do shit for you.
So many problems. They say they are luxury yet the building is such a dump. When you complain the staff says they will fix and it never gets done. All they do is make excuses. When I lived there my dryer was broken from before Thanksgiving until I moved out beginning of July. Plus whenever something happens in or around the building, crime wise they don't tell you the UB police department does. I just got a message from them saying a police officer was stabbed at the Varsity. So glad I moved. Don't live here, it may be close to the school but you'll regret it.
I currently live here. Management is shitty and they take forever getting back to you. The maintenance workers that were working here when I first moved in aren't here anymore because they got caught breaking into people's rooms and taking money off dressers. There were four different property managers hired in the span of one year. In the individual rooms, the carpets are nasty, the windows won't open up all the way, there's not enough space in the fridge, the washer & dryer will sometimes stop working randomly, and the lobby constantly smells like weed. The creepy security guard here at night followed me up to my apartment one time. Oh and management won't work with you, even when you have horrible, obnoxious roommates. If anything, they insist on some bullshit Dr. Phil type mediation process even when the people you're living with are nothing immature, nasty freshman girls. Everyone that I know has moved out because they've all had enough. STAY AWAY FROM THE VARSITY!!! YOU WILL REGRET LIVING HERE!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
College students: Look for something else. The Varsity is not at all worth the price. The roommate pairing "system" they use sucks. I was a 21-year-old transfer who'd lived on my own for almost four years, and I got paired with three girls ages 16-18. I asked to be moved and was told that there weren't any other similar apartments available. Maintenance was unreliable at best. I waited 3+ days, on multiple occasions, for a broken toilet or drain to be fixed. The wifi on my floor was awful the last year I was there, constantly cutting in and out, and was never fixed despite complaints from many tenants. The guest policy, or the anti-guest policy, was that guests could only stay 1 school night or 2 weekend nights, and they had to show ID at the door. I was paying for a ROOM in a 4-person apartment that cost more than almost all comparable rented rooms elsewhere in Baltimore, yet I had no control over who I could have visit me, even if I got my roommates' blessing. They would also lock the stair entrance after 9 pm, and post a security guard at the front entrance all night (one of which sexually harassed me on a regular basis-- when I told the Varsity, they said that the security company was a separate entity and they had "no control over it"). On weekends, they also had a security guard at the back stairwell who would CHASE YOU UP THE STAIRS and accost you if you did not show him your key first. Other complaints: I constantly got "late rent" notices even though I never paid rent late, the rooms are tiny, the carpet stains if you even look at it, the elevators were often broken, and the walls were paper-thin -- all the better to hear the weekly loud parties.
I love coming home from work late at night and working out. They used to not have the gym covers but after they installed them, I'm much more comfortable. UB doesn't have a lot of safe 24 hour study spaces so I like that they do here. It would be nice to have vending machines in the study rooms for late nights but other than that its not too bad. I wish they had free residential parking because everything else is so expensive. Staff is nice but there has been a lot of turn around. Overall, its a cute place to live in Mount Vernon.