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    Is the accomodation allocated on a first come first serve basis?
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    (Original post by pot noodle)
    Is the accomodation allocated on a first come first serve basis?
    shouldn't be, ive heard as long as you get it in for 31st may, they'll all be treated equally. someone just confirm this cause ive just been hearing this dont know if it true :/
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    any advice on UCL accommodation? how to apply for it? and wheres the nicest/most modern? thanks!
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    (Original post by studentofskhs)
    I put UCL as my insurance so I am at a lower priority for a room so 'sharing' will broaden my chances, and I prefer a single room but I don't mind sharing if I really have to.
    Oh, I see...I asked partially because I was pondering over the implications of that ´´willing-to-share question´´, since to me it does not make any sense and was interested why you chose ´´yes´´ seeing as you prefer single...May I ask what is your firm (and what will you be studying)?...
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    (Original post by jayy1994)
    shouldn't be, ive heard as long as you get it in for 31st may, they'll all be treated equally. someone just confirm this cause ive just been hearing this dont know if it true :/
    Yes, you´re right - I´ve read it somewhere on their website, something like: ´´applications received even well before this deadline will be considered on equal terms with all applications (given these were submitted on time)´´...this is the case for conditional offers, but I would say if you have and accept unconditional, there´s no point in waiting, they can allocate you a room ´´right away´´ - sooner (i´ve heard of such cases here on TSR).
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    (Original post by Dominika4)
    Oh, I see...I asked partially because I was pondering over the implications of that ´´willing-to-share question´´, since to me it does not make any sense and was interested why you chose ´´yes´´ seeing as you prefer single...May I ask what is your firm (and what will you be studying)?...
    Imperial firm, Chemistry
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    I'm probably not the best person to ask about this sort of thing, but I know fellow postgrads that live nearby to UCL that pay in the region of £550 PCM for a room in a houseshare. Of course, the further away you live, the cheaper it will/may be, but this is an approximate region for costing.

    From what I understand, they found some sort of website where people were offering rooms in shared houses, and you sort of look around, then they pick which of the people they want to be their housemate, but there's a lot of trials for limited places.
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    (Original post by eduleal)
    Thanks, did you get a confirmation email?

    Yeah, I attached my photo and confirmed my details, but the lack of a Submit button and no confirmation email seemed really odd.
    Nope, no confirmation email either

    I didn't even know you're meant to get one.

    Yeah, the accommodation application is really weird man, When I uploaded a photo it didnt even come up on the screen, the default grey screen remained
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    Hi guys!
    I have a question regarding cancelling my application. I was accepted by UCL at the end of March and I immediately firmed it as well as applying for accommodation. 2 weeks later, after thinking about the cons of my first application, I cancelled it a few times to finally ask for another type of accommodation (en-suite single room to single room more precisely). It seems like UCL process your application as soon as you firm your offer, so I am afraid that maybe in the meantime, they already allocated me a room from my first application's preferences...Should I call them to check if they saw the cancellation in time or does someone know if they review your application a second time to check if there are any changes or something?
    Thank you for reading this post
    -Sarah
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    (Original post by Sarvelle)
    Hi guys!
    I have a question regarding cancelling my application. I was accepted by UCL at the end of March and I immediately firmed it as well as applying for accommodation. 2 weeks later, after thinking about the cons of my first application, I cancelled it a few times to finally ask for another type of accommodation (en-suite single room to single room more precisely). It seems like UCL process your application as soon as you firm your offer, so I am afraid that maybe in the meantime, they already allocated me a room from my first application's preferences...Should I call them to check if they saw the cancellation in time or does someone know if they review your application a second time to check if there are any changes or something?
    Thank you for reading this post
    -Sarah
    Well - they should not....on their website it is said that (paraphrasing)´´we start allocating the rooms as soon as it is practical - start/middle of August´´, so your ´´changed´´ application should be fine (they do not immediately allocate - and even if they did, imagine this: they allocate you a room on the basis of your first application - you cancel it - you no longer have the room...you send another application, they have to process it again and allocate you a room again). However, to put your mind at ease - you can always ask them (I would suggest calling if you want to have an answer ´´right away´´, since they are now quite overloaded with work and it might take up to two weeks for them to answer you - based on personal experience)....I´d like to ask - I was in a similar position as you, re-thinking priorities and was considering cancelling and applying again, but was not sure whether I could do that. Did you have any kind of troubles during re-applying?
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    Hi, I was wondering how far away are the Garden Halls from UCL in terms of walking/cycling time and what the general opinion on these halls is (: On the map they look really far from UCL, but I believe someone mentioned it's only about 20 minutes?
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    (Original post by Calmeni)
    Hi, I was wondering how far away are the Garden Halls from UCL in terms of walking/cycling time and what the general opinion on these halls is (: On the map they look really far from UCL, but I believe someone mentioned it's only about 20 minutes?
    Yeah - should be around 14 minutes walking distance (to the main Bloomsbury campus) - give the UCL address and the address of the Halls in Google maps (that´s how I come up with the number) and see the walking distance (adjust ´´UCL´´ as necessary - based on what buildings you will be spending the most of your time at)...
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    (Original post by Moiraclaire)
    There is no email. You just apply through the general UCL website.

    You're not guaranteed accommodation because it is you insurance but you can and should still apply, otherwise you'll definitely have nowhere to live if you miss Imperial's grades.
    Right, Ive put UCL as my insurance as well, so I DO need to apply now? What happens to the application if I dont go to UCL in the end?
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    (Original post by Dominika4)
    Yeah - should be around 14 minutes walking distance (to the main Bloomsbury campus) - give the UCL address and the address of the Halls in Google maps (that´s how I come up with the number) and see the walking distance (adjust ´´UCL´´ as necessary - based on what buildings you will be spending the most of your time at)...
    Hey thanks for the fast reply! Unfortunately my faculty (at least what I can gather from the UCL faculty map) appears to be next to Gower Street - i.e. on the other end of UCL. If any current student can confirm the Life Science faculty is indeed there, I'd be much obliged (:

    And I'm asking because I wouldn't know about actual conditions over there, like maybe obstructions / best route to take / shortcuts.
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    (Original post by Dominika4)
    Well - they should not....on their website it is said that (paraphrasing)´´we start allocating the rooms as soon as it is practical - start/middle of August´´, so your ´´changed´´ application should be fine (they do not immediately allocate - and even if they did, imagine this: they allocate you a room on the basis of your first application - you cancel it - you no longer have the room...you send another application, they have to process it again and allocate you a room again). However, to put your mind at ease - you can always ask them (I would suggest calling if you want to have an answer ´´right away´´, since they are now quite overloaded with work and it might take up to two weeks for them to answer you - based on personal experience)....I´d like to ask - I was in a similar position as you, re-thinking priorities and was considering cancelling and applying again, but was not sure whether I could do that. Did you have any kind of troubles during re-applying?
    Thank you for your answer maybe I'll call them to be sure!
    I didn't have any issues while re-applying, I did it like 3 times I think but for the final one, I re-applied 2 weeks after other applications and cancellations and it was still fine. The only thing I noticed was that they didn't ask me to upload my photo again but people on this thread are all saying that it is fine and they must have it in their files anyway !
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    (Original post by Linke)
    Right, Ive put UCL as my insurance as well, so I DO need to apply now? What happens to the application if I dont go to UCL in the end?
    Yes to the first question - I think the deadline is 31/05/2012 to apply

    Nothing, They know you're not going to UCL on results day, that's when accommodation is allocated, you just have to apply now.
    So if you make you firm's grade, UCK won't bother finding you somewhere to live, don't worry.
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    Hi, I'm applying for UCL accomodation and I would like to know which student houses/intercolgiate halls have en suite and are sociable.

    Also I was looking at the Connaught Hall and it does have en-suite rooms but says the internet access is limited and for studying only. Internet is an important factor for me so I was wondering if people at this hall can only use it for studying?
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    I was looking at this accommodation and it said on the UCL site that internet access was "limited and for studying only" my min preference for accommodation is en-suite and internet connection. Anybody at Connaught can tell me if the net connection is actually limited, seems pretty stupid why UCL would do this tbh. :mad:
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    (Original post by Calmeni)
    Hey thanks for the fast reply! Unfortunately my faculty (at least what I can gather from the UCL faculty map) appears to be next to Gower Street - i.e. on the other end of UCL. If any current student can confirm the Life Science faculty is indeed there, I'd be much obliged (:

    And I'm asking because I wouldn't know about actual conditions over there, like maybe obstructions / best route to take / shortcuts.
    Hey - I´m in Life Sciences faculty, too! (Biological Sciences)...But Gower Street is like 3 minutes walking distance from Bloomsbury (at least that´s what the map says).....

    When I was looking for the route I put this as a point B (74 Huntley Street London, WC1E 6BT) - visiting address of Life Sciences, point A being Garden Halls (Hughes Parry - 13 minutes, Cantenbury Hall - 14 minutes)...

    Based on these distances (and the prizes of course) I chose as the first preference Connaught Hall (9 minutes - so hope to get this one!!!!) and the second Hughes Parry....
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    (Original post by samstaa)
    I was looking at this accommodation and it said on the UCL site that internet access was "limited and for studying only" my min preference for accommodation is en-suite and internet connection. Anybody at Connaught can tell me if the net connection is actually limited, seems pretty stupid why UCL would do this tbh. :mad:
    Yeah I was also very concerned about the Internet, so I did a lot of research on it.

    For most intercollegiate halls right now the limit is 14 GB a week, though Connaught and International have upgraded to 35 GB a week. About 20 pages back there is someone from Connaught Hall who confirmed it's now 35 GB, you can go and refer.

    When they say "for studying" the rules and regulations stated no obscene stuff, no pornography, no hacking, no piracy, no file-sharing. Streaming movies, videos, legally downloading songs and stuff should be fine, in my opinion. It is stated that "limited non-academic personal use is allowed". I presume the "limited" part refers to the fact that you only have 35 GB a week.

    As for what 35 GB actually means in real terms... I used some online calculators, and I will be doing several tests over the course of the next few weeks to determine, but so far according to the calculators, I currently use about 10 GB a month hahaha. One of my tests determined that surfing the web non-stop on full multimedia webpages for 2 weeks (I'm talking leaving the computer on and the pages open 24/7) will use up 20 GB. On this point please ask someone else to confirm what 35 GB can let us do.

    You can refer to http://www.halls.london.ac.uk/Default.aspx and open the Residents' Handbook / License Agreements to have a better idea.

    And of course they will limit your Internet usage. Do you really want to have a student who plays intensive FPS games non-stop for 48 hours every weekend? Be glad it's not like some New Zealand hostels that switch off the Internet every night at 11 pm.

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