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    My mate goes to Bristol and lives in University Hall. He's told me that its the best place to live if you want a good social life and claims that Durdum is 'Dulldum' because everyone is boring, people with ensuites are recluses and Wills is full of people who go on yachting holidays whilst wearing a sweater tied around their shoulders.


    Another one of my friends who lives in Durdum has confirmed that it is dull, but I'm not sure whether to believe the UH hype. Granted the halls are small, but when i've visited, everyone seemed keen for a good time. I can't imagine anything worse than getting to Uni, knowing nobody and having a rubbish social life because everyone sits in their room the whole time (an experience had by another friend in Solent)

    Any opinions?
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    university hall vs goldney?!?!
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    If I pick Bristol as my insurance will I end up in really bad accommodation..if I end up having to go to it as my insurance due to not getting into my firm?

    Need any answer asap
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    (Original post by georget1)
    If I pick Bristol as my insurance will I end up in really bad accommodation..if I end up having to go to it as my insurance due to not getting into my firm?

    Need any answer asap
    Yeah, unfortunately. Accommodation closes July 12th or something, which is before results. If you realise after results you need accommodation, you're not guaranteed a place. You may have to go to private accommodation.
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    (Original post by georget1)
    If I pick Bristol as my insurance will I end up in really bad accommodation..if I end up having to go to it as my insurance due to not getting into my firm?

    Need any answer asap
    It's really pot luck, I know people in Hiatt Baker and various other halls who had Bristol as insurance, but also know of people who had to find private accommodations cause they couldn't get anything, so just gotta hope for the best I suppose and get your application in as soon as you can when you know what's going on.
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    (Original post by hiyamynameissoph)
    I'm thinking about applying to share a room at Wills which I know is extremely risky - it's mainly down to my financial situation Thoughts on sharing a room?
    One of my best friends is in a shared room at Wills, he's loved it and everyone I know who has shared rooms have become really good friends. The only downside for you may be the layout. If you're in a B room you have to walk through the first person's room to get access. That isn't for everybody. However, as a Wills girl (in fact I'm this coming year's JCR president) I can promise you, Wills is a fantastic hall to live in and you'll not regret your decision to apply.
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    I think I've made my mind up in that I want to stay at Stoke Bishop but I'm not too sure on which halls.

    I was looking forward to starting a new diet plan and hitting the gym hard so I was thinking self catered. Also are there any decent gym's in the stoke bishop area? And I know most people won't know this but are there any MMA (mixed martial arts) gyms in the stoke bishp area?

    I also want to have a decent social life; best halls for planning events and going out etc but I also want to be able to work in piece and quiet? (Are there study rooms or are the rooms quiet etc)

    How near is the main nightlife to stoke bishop and how is its general location (supermarkets, shopping, sport etc)?

    I've looked at University Hall and Durdham but after reading some posts Durdham sounds really boring and University Hall sounds quite shabby. Can anyone confirm this is complete BS or should I have a look at other places?

    Thanks in advance.
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    (Original post by silverlightbeam)
    One of my best friends is in a shared room at Wills, he's loved it and everyone I know who has shared rooms have become really good friends. The only downside for you may be the layout. If you're in a B room you have to walk through the first person's room to get access. That isn't for everybody. However, as a Wills girl (in fact I'm this coming year's JCR president) I can promise you, Wills is a fantastic hall to live in and you'll not regret your decision to apply.

    this is so helpful! I've been looking into it quite a lot and I don't really think I'd mind sharing a room. I'm so excited now!
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    (Original post by hiyamynameissoph)
    this is so helpful! I've been looking into it quite a lot and I don't really think I'd mind sharing a room. I'm so excited now!
    When I shared room in Manor House, we literally shared one room, ie two beds, two desks, two of everything in the same room. It wasn't a problem and I would do it again. I think it is worth the money you save and also it is quite fun Just make sure you bring headphones and wouldn't mind if your roommate happens to be messy... any questions, just ask.
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    Unless you're very posh go for UH.

    I'm on Freshers crew this year and it's going to be sick. We've hand picked the people who will give you the best time. Rooms are no smaller than the Hiatt Baker rooms, but smaller than Wills. En-suites are slightly excluded though I'm mates with a few of them from one of the blocks and it's no real issue.

    Gym is a bit of a mare from Stoke-Bishop, if you're looking to focus on the gym/MMA stay in one of the Clifton halls or something as it will usually take an hour or so travelling (there and back) to go to the uni gym. If you bring a bike it's not a big deal though.

    As for Goldney vs UH - if you want a good time, go to UH. If you want a nice building, go to Goldney. The one time I went to Goldney this year for a night out it was an absolute joke, very, very boring.
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    (Original post by Jackeeba)
    Unless you're very posh go for UH.

    I'm on Freshers crew this year and it's going to be sick. We've hand picked the people who will give you the best time. Rooms are no smaller than the Hiatt Baker rooms, but smaller than Wills. En-suites are slightly excluded though I'm mates with a few of them from one of the blocks and it's no real issue.

    Gym is a bit of a mare from Stoke-Bishop, if you're looking to focus on the gym/MMA stay in one of the Clifton halls or something as it will usually take an hour or so travelling (there and back) to go to the uni gym. If you bring a bike it's not a big deal though.

    As for Goldney vs UH - if you want a good time, go to UH. If you want a nice building, go to Goldney. The one time I went to Goldney this year for a night out it was an absolute joke, very, very boring.
    Goldney isn't as boring as you make out. Its not party central, but by no means is it in any way anti-social. I've found that being in clifton (and thus close to the triangle), a lot more nights out tend to be going out to the pub and then clubs rather than partying in student bars or having flat parties. Security also seem to be a lot nicer to us than they do at some other halls (specifically Durdham from what i've heard).

    Having said that, I know the JCR president for Durdham and i'm pretty sure freshers there next year are going to be spending a lot of the time naked, so maybe it won't be as 'boring' as its made out to be.
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    (Original post by Rubgish)
    Goldney isn't as boring as you make out. Its not party central, but by no means is it in any way anti-social. I've found that being in clifton (and thus close to the triangle), a lot more nights out tend to be going out to the pub and then clubs rather than partying in student bars or having flat parties. Security also seem to be a lot nicer to us than they do at some other halls (specifically Durdham from what i've heard).

    Having said that, I know the JCR president for Durdham and i'm pretty sure freshers there next year are going to be spending a lot of the time naked, so maybe it won't be as 'boring' as its made out to be.
    Perhaps not as boring as I made out, yet still boring I'd say.

    Being close to the triangle is probably as much a curse as it is a blessing, very boring place after a while. We only spent a few weeks restricted to the triangle before branching out into Stokes Croft, Easton and the Centre etc. I appreciate what you say about pubs, but going out 3/4 times a week, people in UH for example can't afford to drink in pubs (I do miss that a bit), if you can afford it though it's definitely an upside. The most annoying thing about UH this year has been the bar being perennially under-used (looking to fix the prices for next year) as the kitchens are pretty ****.
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    (Original post by Jackeeba)
    Perhaps not as boring as I made out, yet still boring I'd say.

    Being close to the triangle is probably as much a curse as it is a blessing, very boring place after a while. We only spent a few weeks restricted to the triangle before branching out into Stokes Croft, Easton and the Centre etc. I appreciate what you say about pubs, but going out 3/4 times a week, people in UH for example can't afford to drink in pubs (I do miss that a bit), if you can afford it though it's definitely an upside. The most annoying thing about UH this year has been the bar being perennially under-used (looking to fix the prices for next year) as the kitchens are pretty ****.
    It depends entirely on what you consider boring I'd much rather have goldneys grounds and facilities than have more parties/go out clubbing more, i'm of the opinion its far easier to start a party than it is to avoid one when its going on in your flat and you just want to sleep/relax.

    I think underuse of bars is quite a general thing, Goldney bar doesn't get used as much as it should even though the prices are pretty good. Its hard to get people to go for a couple of drinks in the bar when you can just do it in the kitchens for cheaper and without having to go outside.
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    To be honest all the best places to go are down in the centre of town/on gloucester road so you aren't too close to anywhere great in clifton, unless you love hearing exactly the same music and seeing exactly the same people every night. It is admittedly less distance to walk to the centre from clifton though.

    The pub thing is the biggest downside of stoke bishop - all the halls bars are ****, and unless you live in wills or churchill and have money to burn noone can afford regular pub trips anyway. However stoke bishop = closer to the awesomely cheap orpheus cinema so that kind of makes up for it.

    Gyms you have to go for a triangle one really, I've been a member of one in cabot circus which is really cheap, but its a 3 mile run each way and while that's made me quite fit it just wastes a lot of time.

    I would say go for stoke bishop, I'm in UH and I love it - it isn't like what people make it out to be, the facilities are all just adequate rather than flashy, and the rooms aren't small compared to other halls, and halls are an invaluable way of meeting people; and obvs when you have more halls in close proximity, it makes meeting more people easier.

    Oh yeah, also durdham is exactly as boring as it's made out to be, seriously don't go unless you enjoy listening to the wind whistle by and watching tumbleweed.
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    (Original post by Rubgish)
    Having said that, I know the JCR president for Durdham and i'm pretty sure freshers there next year are going to be spending a lot of the time naked, so maybe it won't be as 'boring' as its made out to be.
    Will Hamlyn by any chance?
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    (Original post by Phil1541)
    Will Hamlyn by any chance?
    maybe :ninja:
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    Well I think I'm gonna apply to UH but will en suite be competitive? Maybe I should just apply for a single room to increase my chances off getting in. Anyone have any ideas what to do?

    And if I do apply to UH as first choice what should I put as my second choice?

    And does Hiatt Baker have a gym like I've seen a few places and if so is it any good?

    Thanks
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    I know some people who applied for UH en suite as first choice and didn't get it, and a few people who (weirdly) didn't apply for the en suite and got it. If you put UH as your first choice you'll almost certainly get it as a fair amount of people this year had it as their second choice / didn't choose it at all.

    Hiatt Baker does not have a gym, none of the SB halls do (I don't think the Clifton ones do either). Most people (myself included) buy sports passes and use the uni gym which is ridiculously busy most of the time - if you want an intense workout where you can keep to rest times etc. then go in the morning before 11 or so. The best option if you're proper keen on the gym would be to use one of the local gyms rather than the Uni gym.
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    (Original post by Jackeeba)
    I know some people who applied for UH en suite as first choice and didn't get it, and a few people who (weirdly) didn't apply for the en suite and got it. If you put UH as your first choice you'll almost certainly get it as a fair amount of people this year had it as their second choice / didn't choose it at all.

    Hiatt Baker does not have a gym, none of the SB halls do (I don't think the Clifton ones do either). Most people (myself included) buy sports passes and use the uni gym which is ridiculously busy most of the time - if you want an intense workout where you can keep to rest times etc. then go in the morning before 11 or so. The best option if you're proper keen on the gym would be to use one of the local gyms rather than the Uni gym.
    How much are the local gyms vs the uni gym? Oh and are they close to the uni?

    I don't go to the gym very often, but I think I'd prefer a local gym. I'd feel uncomfortable in a really busy gym, especially one packed with other people from uni...
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    (Original post by punctuation)
    How much are the local gyms vs the uni gym? Oh and are they close to the uni?

    I don't go to the gym very often, but I think I'd prefer a local gym. I'd feel uncomfortable in a really busy gym, especially one packed with other people from uni...
    The uni gym I think is £300 for 3 years, so it's ridiculously cheap compared to local gyms. And you get access to the swimming pool as well as the sports hall/courts as well.

    It's not bad at all. If you go at the right times, it's not really busy either. I used to go between 9 and 10 in the evening on week nights.

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