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    Is it true that the accommodation at edinburgh is all single sex, at least for your immediate flat and stuff?
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    Pretty much. Unless you apply with a group of friends for a flat together you end up in a single sex flat. You get a mix within the block of flats though.

    Halls style accommodation has allsorts on the same corridor.
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    Is halls style just pollock? Because I prefer the idea of being in halls with lots of people, but everyone seems to say they're awful! What're these residences like Richmond Place like? Thanks =]
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    The only halls in Edinburgh are at Pollock. Pollock is dreadful. You'll still be with lots of people if you're in flats - it's just that there will be more onus on you to knock on other doors to introduce yourself and the like. No idea what Richmond Place is like, but there are rather a lot of other threads discussing this in the forum - have a look around and see what you think.
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    (Original post by artorscience?)
    The only halls in Edinburgh are at Pollock. Pollock is dreadful. You'll still be with lots of people if you're in flats - it's just that there will be more onus on you to knock on other doors to introduce yourself and the like. No idea what Richmond Place is like, but there are rather a lot of other threads discussing this in the forum - have a look around and see what you think.
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    Thats crap. why is it all single sex. I don't know if i could live with a load of girls.. you need a mixture the two extreme's are bad.
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    (Original post by The_pink_burglar)
    Is halls style just pollock? Because I prefer the idea of being in halls with lots of people, but everyone seems to say they're awful! What're these residences like Richmond Place like? Thanks =]
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    (Original post by gLace)
    Thats crap. why is it all single sex. I don't know if i could live with a load of girls.. you need a mixture the two extreme's are bad.
    They're just flatmates and it's just easier this way. Generally you're going to get less complaints when you throw everyone together in single sex than mixed, I'd imagine.
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    Mmm I can't say I wouldn't have prefered being in mixed accommodation. Is Pollock seriously that bad? Because I'd figured the social side of halls would balance out rubbishness of food and stuff? X
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    (Original post by The_pink_burglar)
    Because I'd figured the social side of halls would balance out rubbishness of food and stuff?
    You're always going to be living with freshers wherever you are, and in Freshers week the same kinds of events will be organised for everybody. In halls you have to go out of your way to leave your room and knock on doors. But you do have a whole corridor of people to do this to. In a flat you'll have the automatic company and friendship of your flatmates (and if you don't get on with them, then you probably will get on with the flat next door or whatever).
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    So which do you reckon's better?
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    Order your priorities. There's the debate going on everywhere and it's a decision all students-to-be have to make. You have to pick for yourself based on your own needs.
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    Well is pollock halls better socially, crap food aside? Because I think I can deal with bad food for a year. But will I get labelled a rah or a yah or whatever you call them here if I go there? X
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    I'd prefer to go self-catered, especially with all of the bad stuff I've read about pollocks, but is self-catered a lot worse socially? I'm also disappointed that it's single sex, although I suppose it makes sense with sharing the bathrooms and everything, do you mix easily with the people in the surrounding flats?
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    No, if you want socialising in terms of going to a club, drinking and dancing then join a sports team. If you want more intellectual debate, find people in a society that reflects your intellectual interests. Where you live has very little impact on your social life, you will make of it what you will. And besides, Pollock is further out of the city than any of the self catered flats. I would say whether you want to be cooked for or want the freedom and financial control of cooking for yourself is the main concern in applying to Pollock.

    You mix as easily as you do, it's all down to the individual. It's easy enough to buy some biscuits and go for a walk around your building, find out who lives next door, or above. And in freshers week there are a couple of events aimed at making you meet your neighbours. Not to mention that part of your rent goes towards paying a "social budget" throughout the year which can involve anything from free entrance at a club for a night, to an all expenses paid bbq or a subsidised paint-balling trip. Your social life is what you make of it, wherever you choose to go.
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    (Original post by orangepossum)
    I'd prefer to go self-catered, especially with all of the bad stuff I've read about pollocks, but is self-catered a lot worse socially? I'm also disappointed that it's single sex, although I suppose it makes sense with sharing the bathrooms and everything, do you mix easily with the people in the surrounding flats?
    Self catered isn't bad socially at all, what gave you that idea? Either way if you're a bit of a hermit you're not going to speak to people, at least in a flat you're stuck with some people.

    I'm in self-catered (South Clerk Street), and everyone is always amazed by the number of people I know. It's strange if I go to the coop and there's noone there I know. Your social life will not depend on where you live, but on your own personality and who you live with.

    (And Pollocks full or rahs anyway :P )
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    Do you mix much within your blocks of flats then...or will I be around girls all the time? X
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    What I've been led to believe, and from the experience of friends living in flat-style accomm, that folk will jump into each other's kitchen/living areas a lot of the time.

    You'll be close enough to some flats belonging to people of the gentleman persuasion, so you don't need to spend all your time with girls!
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    (Original post by The_pink_burglar)
    Do you mix much within your blocks of flats then...or will I be around girls all the time? X
    My medic flatmates know everyone on floor 2 through medic things and they are round our flat quite a lot. We've met everyone on our floor quite a lot, mainly by knocking on everyone's door in fresher's week and just generally being friendly and open to invites and RA organised events.

    I met most of the people I know through my sports club though
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    I would like a halls experience for my first year, this would mean catered accommodation. But I don't want to put all three as catered as I may not be given my first choice and they may give me an offer for something i really wouldn't want. I went to the post application open days and remember them saying that there was self catered accommodation in a halls format rather than a flat format. Does anyone know the name of this accommodation? Do you think its worth doing a self catered accommodation as my first two options will be Ewing and Lee, aren't these locations less sought after and therefore easier to get into, when compared to other Pollock Halls locations? Thanks in advance

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