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    Hey Guys!

    I'm an international student from California! Going to be studying in Spring 2012 and was wondering if anyone had any information of how Hastings House is like?
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    (Original post by SMcCabe)
    I'm an American student planning to study at Leicester this spring. I've been told that most international students stay in Beaumont or Digby. However, I was offered a room in John Foster (which wasn't on any of my choices). Will there be very many other international students in John Foster?
    oh, John Foster is full of international students haha. but I don't think I know anyone from America. but it's a good thing though since everyone there is really friendly

    you know which block in JoFo yet?
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    (Original post by TheBlackMonste. J)
    oh, John Fostier is full of international students haha. but I don't think I know anyone from America. but it's a good thing though since everyone there is really friendly

    you know which block in JoFo yet?
    I'm a third year student at the uni, its the first iv heard that its full of international students, in every year iv been at the uni majority of john foster students are british students. 'City living' so nixon court and opal court are generally more international students and third year halls.
    Anywhere in oadby student village is aimed for first years (large majority british) so ur all together and its an amazing communal place to have ur first year no matter which area ur in.

    John foster looks better and newer than other halls in oadby however is known for a less social hall due to the layout of each block and there's less people out and about so harder to meet new people, whereas areas like lasdun etc where there's not so many doors to go through to get to urr room and less floors so people are out and about more.

    Then again if ur catered, the food may not be all that great but it allows u to meet new people in the catering hall which is good .
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    (Original post by ketan1991)
    I'm a third year student at the uni, its the first iv heard that its full of international students, in every year iv been at the uni majority of john foster students are british students. 'City living' so nixon court and opal court are generally more international students and third year halls.
    Anywhere in oadby student village is aimed for first years (large majority british) so ur all together and its an amazing communal place to have ur first year no matter which area ur in.

    John foster looks better and newer than other halls in oadby however is known for a less social hall due to the layout of each block and there's less people out and about so harder to meet new people, whereas areas like lasdun etc where there's not so many doors to go through to get to urr room and less floors so people are out and about more.

    Then again if ur catered, the food may not be all that great but it allows u to meet new people in the catering hall which is good .
    ah, when I said "full of international students" I meant that there's a lot living there compared to the other halls in the student village. i'm a fresher living in the student village and there's generally more in John Foster. but the internationals who live at JoFo are really social and they're mostly from other places in Europe rather than being all from China or Hong Kong. but yes, most of the people at JoFo are british.
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    Just sent this in a PM and thought it might be useful on here given people will start firming Leicester and looking at halls soon.


    The 3/4 main halls at Oadby with a description of their various rooms and what they're like.

    John Foster (JoFo, pronounced like MoFo):
    The newest hall, only about 5 or 6 years old.
    Virtually all catered and some self catered rooms have a full sized ensuite and the interior decoration is like Premier Inn.
    Rooms are arranged in flats of 5 or 6 sharing a kitchen (which has everything) and there are between 4 and 8 flats in a block.
    All placed pretty close to the central catering bit.
    Also an older self-catered block called 'The Coppice' which has pod bathrooms. Mainly students who did gap years. Had a few friends in there from my course and it seemed pretty friendly.
    Bar is a 'cocktail bar', still cheap if not as characterful as GMS or Beaumont's.
    Due to its layout in separate flats JoFo is said to be not as sociable as other halls. Some blocks are incredibly sociable, but it's not pretty much guaranteed like GMS and Beaumont.
    Due to being new, having massive ensuites etc. it is quite a bit more expensive than the other halls.

    Beaumont Hall:
    Oldest hall, two quads of 5 and 3 blocks. Dining hall is old and pretty, little bit Oxbridge with MCR table etc.
    Old quad has had 'pod' bathrooms installed and the rooms are pretty big. From an unbiased perspective I would say these are probably the best value rooms in the uni.
    New quad is not ensuite, though the bathrooms are good, and it's very sociable due to the big size of blocks (40ish). Also these are, biased cap on, by far and away the best rooms in the uni.
    Grass in the centre of each court which people use in summer.
    Bar is pretty decent, pub style though not as big as GMS. Gets busy for pub quiz and sports events.
    JCR is particularly good at putting stuff on, though dunno if that was just my year.
    Obviously the rooms aren't as plush as JoFo but they're fine. Also it's always really hot.
    The vast majority of Beaumont is catered.

    GMS:
    Formerly two halls, Gilbert Murray and Stamford, now one with one dining hall. There's a lawn bit in between them, but still only 5 mins walk max to the dining hall.
    La(d)sdun block is supposedly the best party block in the uni. This is non ensuite and big, next to the bar and dining hall. Did live up to its reputation to an extent, notably Fatal Block F, so called due to the supposed effects of trying to pre drink with its inhabitants.
    Other catered bit is Stamford, which is split into separate buildings for each block (Lasdun is one building with a separate staircase for each block). Some of these houses are ensuite, some not. Again these are very sociable, similar to Beaumont new blocks.
    Has the biggest halls bar and shows sporting events that aren't popular enough for each hall to show them separately.
    Also has Bowder Court. This is self catered with pod bathrooms. I had a friend in here and always thought it seemed a bit soulless compared to other blocks, but he enjoyed it and the rooms are nice and big.

    Digby:
    Much maligned hall which shares its facilities with Beaumont about a 5 minute walk away.
    Has some accommodation in blocks and then others in houses on either side of the road which goes up to Beaumont and the other halls (google maps and you'll see what I mean).
    Houses are known to be pretty mental, they are single sex and there can be up to 30 in a house with the subwarden nowhere nearby. The houses are in the botanical gardens which are owned by the Uni.
    Blocks are getting old and are said to be cold. Constant rumours of reopening dining hall and/or knocking the whole thing down. No evidence of either as yet.
    People who lived there swear by it.

    General stuff for Oadby:
    It's about a 10 minute bus or 30 minute walk from campus. Recommend a bus pass, sometimes you'll use the bus 5 times a day, going to and from uni twice and then town for a night out in the evening. Last bus on Monday and Friday nights is pretty legendary.

    Asda is only about 10 minute walk away which is useful for getting food and it's open 24 hours. For people in self catered doing a big shop they offer delivery

    The uni gym and sports hall are up at oadby, about a 5-10 minute walk from halls depending which you're in.
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    (Original post by roh)

    The uni gym and sports hall are up at oadby, about a 5-10 minute walk from halls depending which you're in.
    Less than 10 seconds for me last year. :awesome:

    I'd live in the house right in front of the gym. It was literally walking out of my door and you'd be in the gym in about 10 steps.

    Shame I didn't use the gym that much.
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    Went to the post offer open day last wed and were shown some accommodation but only JoFo and Lasdun.
    Has anyone got any pictures of the inside of Beaumont Hall and is it close to the other accommodation in Oadby?
    I would like en-suite so thought JoFo but it seems Beaumont may be more sociable? (I would like a good social life but not too noisy so that if I want to work/sleep it wouldn't be a problem). Would Beaumont be better than JoFo?? - really didn't like the accom at Lasdun but the bar/social room looked good there
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    (Original post by agonyaunt)
    Went to the post offer open day last wed and were shown some accommodation but only JoFo and Lasdun.
    Has anyone got any pictures of the inside of Beaumont Hall and is it close to the other accommodation in Oadby?
    I would like en-suite so thought JoFo but it seems Beaumont may be more sociable? (I would like a good social life but not too noisy so that if I want to work/sleep it wouldn't be a problem). Would Beaumont be better than JoFo?? - really didn't like the accom at Lasdun but the bar/social room looked good there
    JoFo's not a monastery, most blocks are still pretty sociable! Stamford which is the other end of GMS has some 'pod' ensuites, depends if you want a full separate room which is only JoFo's. The layout of Beaumont does mean it will definitely be very sociable though, whereas JoFo there is a risk, and far from a guarantee, it might not be.
    Location wise Beaumont is literally the opposite side of the road to Lasdun. From where you were at S-Bar it's probably just under a minute walk.

    This is a link to pictures of Beamount, including an ensuite bedroom: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/accommo...-hall-1/images
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    I've got an offer for 2012 - and the only accommodation I've really seen is John Foster which I did like. I was wondering if anyone knew the difference between 'Premium En-suite' and Premium+ En-suite' - because there's definitely a big difference in price.

    Also; someone above mentioned a 'post offer day' - are they specific for a course because I didn't hear anything :confused:

    My offer is for medicine so I was wondering whether anybody know where the medics generally stay? i.e. Oadby or City Living.

    Thanks in advance
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    JoFo's premium plus, everywhere else is premium or normal.

    Guess Oadby as city living is more internationals, post grads, 3rd/4th years, 6th year medics who intercalated etc. but probably worth posting in medics thread just to check.
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    Oh post offer days are called 'visit days', dunno if they might not do it automatically for medics cos you've already been on your interview day?

    Should be someone to email who I imagine can book you onto one on this page http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/marketing/recruitment
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    (Original post by roh)
    JoFo's premium plus, everywhere else is premium or normal.

    Guess Oadby as city living is more internationals, post grads, 3rd/4th years, 6th year medics who intercalated etc. but probably worth posting in medics thread just to check.
    Thanks man, apologies if I mis-understood but you said that JF is only premium plus, but on their website it says premium en-suite is available:

    http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/accommo...-foster-hall-1

    The difference between the two is £400ish which make be a huge difference.
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    Sorry, I meant as in you can't get premium plus anywhere other than in the JoFo 'pavillions', which are the vast majority of JoFo.

    Premium at JoFo is in the Coppice, so only self catered and mainly gap year students with some flats of mature students. Obviously if you want self catered that's not a problem. Main difference to premium plus is the size of the rooms, bit smaller, and their bathrooms, pod vs. full room. The Coppice was renovated not long ago so the rooms have new furniture and the kitchens are new like in the pavilions.

    You can get ensuite catered, both premium and normal, but it'd have to be in Stamford houses or Beaumont.
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    Does anyone know when we can apply for accommodation? I've received an offer from the Uni, I just want to get all the admin stuff out of the way now

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by Wreemo)
    Does anyone know when we can apply for accommodation? I've received an offer from the Uni, I just want to get all the admin stuff out of the way now

    Thanks.
    Know how you feel mate, but accommodation applications begin in March - the university will send details about the process closer to the date.
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    (Original post by fallenangel)
    Know how you feel mate, but accommodation applications begin in March - the university will send details about the process closer to the date.
    Decided to re-read all the emails sent by them and one of them said it would start in March. My bad

    Thanks anyway buddy
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    (Original post by Wreemo)
    Decided to re-read all the emails sent by them and one of them said it would start in March. My bad

    Thanks anyway buddy
    No worries man
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    (Original post by SirMasterKey)
    Less than 10 seconds for me last year. :awesome:

    I'd live in the house right in front of the gym. It was literally walking out of my door and you'd be in the gym in about 10 steps.

    Shame I didn't use the gym that much.
    Which hall was this? Gym on doorstep is very convenient
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    (Original post by localfox1000)
    Which hall was this? Gym on doorstep is very convenient
    GMS.

    The three outhouses of Bredon, Stoughton Leys and Fields (mine) are all on the sports area. Space for around 30 in total I believe. Fields have 5, Bredon 10-12, Stoughton 12-15.

    Some are shared rooms in the Bredon and SL.
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    (Original post by SirMasterKey)
    GMS.

    The three outhouses of Bredon, Stoughton Leys and Fields (mine) are all on the sports area. Space for around 30 in total I believe. Fields have 5, Bredon 10-12, Stoughton 12-15.

    Some are shared rooms in the Bredon and SL.
    Thanks. Looking at the map, i can see exactly what you mean.
 
 
 
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