I've seen a really nice flat in Empire Square that I am thinking of renting, but I wanted to check out a couple of things first before signing on the dotted line that an Empire Sq resident might be able to help me with.
1) Are you able to get a decent broadband speed
2) Are you able to get a decent TV and radio reception
3) What is like for noise?
I lived there for seven years. The level of noise depends on which side of the development you are.
If you're facing on to Long Lane you'll get a certain amount of traffic noise. Facing in other directions it's a bit quieter.
The quality of the double glazing in the apartments is very good, certainly in terms of noise reduction, so with the windows closed you shouldn't have too many issues, but you'll still hear a few sirens at night.
It's not worse than anywhere else in the immediate area, I think. If you face south, it's possible you'll be aware of the studenty crowd that congregates outside the Dover Castle pub on Great Dover St; their noise definitely travels.