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I'm thinking about this, but I want to know what PG or UG means.
Is it worth the extra money for en suites?
I'm doing self catering by the way.
£85 a week is pretty high by most standards.
Depends how much you dislike the smell of other people's shit though.
I've been talking to my brother who graduated from Leeds last year. He says that if he could do his first year again, he'd try and get a house with someone as opposed to going in halls.
Apparently, if I shop around, it will work out cheaper and better on the whole, as I won't have to put up with people who set fire alarms off at 4am etc.
you get to know people and everyone is sort of together. its a good way to start meeting people.
BUT, paying less for better living standards seems much more tempting than paying more to live with nice people, nom?
but ovber the course of a year i think it might just be worth it
It may be cheaper out of halls but you will meet less people. Even if the people you meet are ones you don't like it is still worth it.
I hated halls. This is mainly because I'm shy and intolerant. It did also have a lot to do with everyone there being disgustingly shallow people with as much moral fibre as are really immoral thing who set off fire alarms deliberately by sticking pizza to florescent lights at stupid o'clock in the morning and were morons who read The Sun or Heat, watch Hollyoaks and lived for Football, Sex and getting battered though.
If you like doing that sort of thing and enjoy being friends with people who think drunkenly screaming and "doo-ing" the Fratelli's song Chelsea Dagger every night while you bang on other flats' doors when you get in from a night out and shout about how you did Sarah up the arse for all the block to hear, for an entire year, then you'll probably enjoy halls.
are nothing like this.
One of my flatmates can be a bit annoying when drunk, but only in a pathetic, easily-ignorable way.
Every i know at Leeds has mixed accomodation, which is good as the place is less of a testosterone competition, like some flats in my halls (Sheffield) and the girls make the boys keep the place half-clean.
First year here and in halls, i really like it. Wish my block wasn't half full of Spanish people that don't like speaking to anyone that isn't Spanish, then the whole place might be a bit more sociable like some of the other blocks. For example my friend lives in a block where everyone know everyone else etc, kinda jealous of that.
1 of my mates has a shared bathroom at Leeds, but only has to share it with the guy next to him, so it's fine for him. Guess it can only be a problem when you have 4/5+ sharing.
half the reason for living in halls is finding your group of people - if you're deciding who to share a house with without knowing them well before then it could make for an awkward year
if you're not in halls you won't make half as many friends. I'm at York and there are people who are on campus here but are in houses that have been split into flats rather than proper halls, and they hate it there because they only really know the people in their flat. If you're in halls you can wander round whenever you like and talk to loads of different people, if you're in a house you're stuck with 5 people you don't know. And I applied for an en-suite and didn't get one, actually ended up in the shittest accomodation at York, and I still really enjoy it, so yeah, go for halls! (Boddington Hall is great from what I've seen at Leeds as well.)
What everyone else said about social life, and also, even if you hate it, it's a learning experience that will make you more tolerant. If you houseshare afterwards, nothing your housemates do will ever seem as bad in comparison.
is the way to go, but depending on how big the flats are. There are some across the road from me where two people share a bathroom but over here there's 8 of us in each flat, and I've seen massive flats with 15 people and a massive shared bathroom with like three showers and five toilets or something.
And yes self catering is good, I don't see why people would choose catered :\
who don't know how to make toast cos their parents have waited on them hand and foot.
catered accomodation is just economical without having to make the effort, and gives you more time to adjust to your course, a new place and new people
versus vintage school dinner comradery
has never happened, and it is bigger than a normal kitchen you know
then fair enough, but catered is so cheap and saves so much time. The only real downside is that the food quality drops significantly at the very end of term as the poor management of the food budget inevitably shows...
begs to differ
being in halls is totally essential. ignore the shit out of anyone who wasnt in halls in the first year. it will define whether you have some friends or 2 friends/no friends
I'm really bitter about the fact that I'm in a flat where I hardly get along with anyone. I feel that meeting cool people should be the whole point of living in halls
halls suck, unless you are very lucky with the random selection of people they put you with, then the more you can keep yourself to yourself the better.
theyre all ok, just dont really have much in common
i had 4 people in my corridor with fantastic taste in music, and everyone was really friendly.
at aston I shared 3 toilets and 2 showers with 11 other girls and it was never a problem... they'll more than likely have cleaners for the communal areas so you shouldn't worry about the shared bathroom being in a complete state all the time.
with and without an en-suite I'd say it's definitely worth having an en-suite if you can afford it. Last year when I was in catered halls it was rubbish having to traipse down a long cold corridor every time I wanted a shower. Now it's really convienient.
Catered halls (en-suite or not) are a must though. You meet so many people when you're eating with people and hanging out in the bar all the time. I also ate a lot healthier food. The Self Catering accommodation i'm in this year is really boring, has no bar, and there's locks on the self closing doors all over the place which means it's hard to meet anyone if you don't get on with your flat mates. Luckily I still hang out with all the cool people I met from my first year but I bet it's rubbish for first year people living here. Really I can't wait to move into my house next year because that's going to be awesome.
Some people get lucky and hardly ever get fire alarms. My halls were comically bad for fire alarms since they were about 40 years old, and from the looks of things so were the fire alarms. I think it must have gone off at least 10 times in the year I spent there, mostly in the middle of the bloody night. It's quite possibly the worst thing ever getting woken up at 6am when you have a 9am lecture and having to stand outside for half an hour meaning there's no way you can get back to sleep and spending the rest of the day knackered.
Halifax Hall has been demolished. I'm glad that shitty fire alarm system got what it deserved >:(
sneak yr partner into them and have sex.
(H) Fancy a romantic meal for two?
yr a little boy
en suite probably isn't really worth it, but i guess if you've got the money, go for it (i don't, so i didn't)
it'll be the do or die time for me. And if I get put with crap people, it'll just send me into an ego-bubble of "THESE PEOPLE JUST DON'T GET ME", and it will be then that I will create my masterpiece.
If they turn out to be cool, then that's also cool.
Side note: can you smoke in halls? Even in your own room? Most are non-smoking, right?
Anyway, i'm still deciding whether to go self catering or not as i bet the veggie food will be crap. And you're more likely to get more adult people in self catering, i hope.
Better learn to cook, then.
are heat sensitive or smoke sensitive...
but i dont think smoking is allowed generally, i could be wrong though.
in my flat, we're not meant to but everyone does.
Self catering is better, eat what you want when you want instead of school dinner style eating every day. Plus you gotta learn to cook sometime!
againt the smoking ban innit, cos it's a place of work for the cleaners/maintainance people
cool people.. halls... hahah.
* Go into halls.
* Make sure they're self-catering.
* En-suite definitely no essential.
It makes sense. Halls is where you will make friends. Do NOT go into a house in first year unless you are incredibly sociable.
For me, this is a no-brainer.
Halls are amazing fun.
all the people i know are at murano street. they say its good, or something. It's in maryhill which isnt that far away from Byres Road and the west end (i.e the good bit)
I was in the Student Apartments on Hillhead Street. They were the cheapest ones so that's what I went for.
Murano Street Village is the classic first year party zone and i would recommend them. I actually spent alot of time over there in first year.
I've been to the Queen Margaret halls as well, they are really nice but pretty damn expensive and really quite far from uni.
Caincross House is fine too from what I hear.
I would suggest Murano Street as the Student Apartments tend to get filled with foreign students who keep themselves to themselves. I was of course lucky and has 9 lovely flatmates.
are pretty hit and miss. I'd already lived away from home in a nice shared house for a year, then this year i moved to uni and went for halls coz i didn't want to look for a house in London. Anyway, I'm stuck in a flat with loads of twats who do 'crazy' stuff like throw eggs at the wall after a night out, think they're coke addicts and think they're in an episode of skins just because they go to the union and get pissed.
Saying that, i've met people in other flats who are lovely and who i might not have if i didn't live in halls.
Id rather be in a house to be honest, but its only for a year. If you like it its ace but if not, well at least its character building...or somthing..
yes, there will definitely be some twats.
but, conversely, there will definitely be some people you get on with.
In houses, it's pretty hit and miss...could be amazing, could be rubbish, and unless you're a mega socialite you'll struggle to have a large group of friends. In halls, you can have as many friends as you want, with very little effort.
unless you love:
-Constant loud techno
-vomit in the corridors
-idiots setting off the fire alarm about once a week
seriously anywhere else is better.
I'm in first year halls accomodation at Sheffield at the moment and yes as you would guess it has a lot of dicks in it but I'm on a corridor of thirteen people, in a block with four floors and overall the halls have about 900 people, out of that many people you are going to meet a lot of people you like... and of course a lot of people you dont like. The fact about uni is that you are thrown into a completely artificial environment where you are forced to make long term friendships within a few months and your best chance of making sure these are ones you can live with is to meet and befriend as many people as you can. I like in a crumbling down building that's getting knocked down at the end of february and share showers and toilets with twelve other people but I wouldnt have done it any other way. I know a lot of people in new flats and stuff and yes they are very nice and you get a much much higher standard of living than here but they essentially only know the people in their flats and only socialise with them. Also I'm in catered which means I am tied to shit food at pre-determined hours but it has also allowed me to meet many people by sitting by them and eating as well as meaning I've had one less thing to worry about. I don't think you should pick your first year choices based on comfort rather look at the long term picture.
What block? That sounds really creepy and stalkerish actually...
I'm in F block.
I'm in J.
i feel sorry that people have to live in "the edge" now. there wasn't much wrong with earnshaw, bring back sorby
oh to be a fresher again...
Halifax Annexe was where it's at.
They really should have just built a load of new modern halls in the same layout as Halifax, Sorby, Earnshaw and Ranmoor etc. All those new flats sound a bit isolated and rubbish. And apparently the food at The Edge is rubbish and overpriced. They should have just kept the £50 a week system. It was ace! You could eat loads and you never ran out of money.
30 is a bit of a joke.
especially after some guys went axe-crazy on one of the corridors after they heard it was gonna be knocked down.
Earnshaw was better than halifax, and if they'd just knocked down sorby they could have massively improved everywhere without needlessly knocking everything down to build sterile "units" for people.
They are gonna fine anyone who damages Ranmoor in between the time people move out and they knock it down, I'd rather just have a free for all smash and grab session!
they stop repairing stuff. we were gonna have a free-for-all smashing good time but everyone backed out, probably in view of the threat that people who did that "would be kicked out of uni." would've been so much fun if everyone did it though. are you getting 3am fire alarms?
Hear of Sorby though just in the sense of "it was this one that got knocked down". The Endcliffe flats are all really nice and stuff but a lot of it just seems too sterile and unsociable, dunno maybe that's just me trying to make situation seem the best but I've been happy with it.
earnshaw was right next to it (and better) it's where the bar was (which was brand new) + the canteen, i watched them build the new canteen thing from my window. god i miss earnshaw. good times.
unlike sorby, where a lot of people had no internetz
and therefore exists. though on this basis, the ic does not exist. hmm.
and staying in ensuite halls.
it was the worst mistake ever. basically i live with a bunch of unsociables and international students who only hang out with other international students. theres supposed to be 13 of us sharing a kitchen and i only talk to 3 of them because the rest are weird and never come out their room.
i would have applied to the shittest halls if i could go back in time because they all seem to have more friends and have much more fun.
plus people from shit halls are less friendly to ensuite people because they assume your rich and posh because you paid a bit more than them
but yeah people who live in the less expensive halls seem to have it ok, other than the having to share toilets it seems a better place to live, although i like the fact that i know i can have a good nights sleep if i want it.
(private accommodation) with five people I never knew. They were nice. But it was one of the worst decisions I've made, I had practically no friends. I ended up quitting uni after just three months, and I've been unemployed since.
Moral of the story: choose halls. Choose life.
in self catered. Had a brilliant time. In terms of atmosphere, Boddington is known as the best in Leeds, holding it's own events, renting out clubs, stuff like that.
Only problem is the distance, it's 4 miles from the city centre and in rush hour traffic getting the bus back to halls can take up to an hour. For going out at night, the bus only takes 20 minutes and the people you drunkenly talk to on the bus end up becoming friends and worthwhile. Self catered was cheap, the kitchen had adequate facilities and we also had the best shower I've had before or since. Self catered at Bod were flats of 5 people, but you got to know everyone in your block, you get to form a tight knit community or go and do your own thing, depending on your character. I'd recommend it heartily, if you can handle the distance.
I have a friend there.
rooms are quite small but its all pretty nice and modern.
is good times, Boddington is too far from uni I think. Charles Morris is cool. I'd go for Ellerslie, tho you might have to share a room. My room mate stank, and he was from Liverpool.