(Original post by Clez)
Hi guys, its good to see some TSR guys are going into Opal Court this year. I made a thread last year and noone else seemed to be going off here. Its a very good choice - apparently rated the best accommodation in Liverpool - Opal Court has friendly staff who will make sure you're okay, more so if you personally introduce yourselves, and the security guys are very good too - Stan, who is in weekday nights and weekend days is very friendly and helpful and a good friend - if you befriend him he will often entertain in the evenings or offer you cups of tea!
The rooms and flats are generally very clean and operational, but if there is a problem you can get it looked at very quickly. No internet to laptop cable is provided however, so if you want to avoid buying one when you move in (not much anyway) Id bring one along. Additionally, you get a choice of internet speeds when you move in, some of them being very expensive...but realistically unless youre thinking of managing your own torrenting server, the free £0 p/m one is quite sufficient for surfing, videos, illegal downloading, playing games etc...
The common room is good to chill out in and has cable TV and a snooker table - Im usually camped down there with my friends anyway. Theres a Momentum Gym as a part of the complex, which has a further charge - I think its £140 for the year - but unless you're highly motivated and confident - you'll find despite its size, its much better off using than one of the university gyms - particuarly in the winter months when its raining hard, its freezing cold and you'd rather just nip downstairs!
Theres a good range of shops and takeaways nearby - Dominos is opposite, theres a really tasty chinese takeaway called Buffet Club, spar, starbucks and greggs up the road opposite the hospital. A Chinese and Indian food store, Lidl, and conveniance stores are within 5 mins, and a Tesco express within 10 mins - that said, its only a 15/20 min walk down to the main shopping centre in town and the clubs - so if you're with friends its a much better alternative than the overpriced taxis past midnight.
Hope that helps you guys with moving in, especially if youre new to Liverpool. If you're a first year, particuarly if you're John Moors, you'll be in Block A, whilst everyone else is in blocks B and C (the richer students are usually in block D as its more expensive). Whilst there are different key fobs to each building, the management team should be able to Fob you into any of the buildings if you're looking to make friends at the start.
Im re-taking my 3rd year this year and I'll be in either blocks B or C. Im hardly a professional mentor, but if theres anything I can help with or you want to know anything or you just want to say hi, get in touch