Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by gracieaudsley)
    In reply to Bethany01 - it is more likely that you would be given mary gee , and yes it is rather outdated. It's closer to the uni than oadby village and in my experience most people walk although the bus comes every 10 mins. Saying this, the social aspect can often be better as insurance people are less likely to be "neeks." - if you are unhappy with the accommodation you have been offered, the best thing to do it ring up the accommodation services and they are more than likely to offer you an alternative


    This was posted from The Student Room's iPhone/iPad App
    Do we have access to oadby student village , because it mentions that in the prospectus, what does it actually mean ? yeah it suppose matters more what the people who are staying there with me are like x
    • PS Helper
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by gracieaudsley)
    In reply to Bethany01 - it is more likely that you would be given mary gee , and yes it is rather outdated. It's closer to the uni than oadby village and in my experience most people walk although the bus comes every 10 mins. Saying this, the social aspect can often be better as insurance people are less likely to be "neeks." - if you are unhappy with the accommodation you have been offered, the best thing to do it ring up the accommodation services and they are more than likely to offer you an alternative


    This was posted from The Student Room's iPhone/iPad App
    Wouldn't necessarily agree with this. Most people who had it as insurance did so because they were predicted AAA and had an offer for somewhere like UCL, LSE, Durham etc. as their First choice and just missed it by a grade or even a couple of marks, often due to the fairly random A Level marking. If anything I'd say the people I know who had it as insurance, mostly for Oxbridge some for big London unis like UCL and Imperial, are more work focussed.
    • PS Helper
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Bethany01)
    Do we have access to oadby student village , because it mentions that in the prospectus, what does it actually mean ? yeah it suppose matters more what the people who are staying there with me are like x
    Yeah, Mary Gee often get put with Beaumont for Oadby focussed stuff in Freshers.

    Just means 3 halls really close together basically with a bar at each.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    [QUOTE=roh;38284132]Wouldn't necessarily agree with this. Most people who had it as insurance did so because they were predicted AAA and had an offer for somewhere like UCL, LSE, Durham etc. as their First choice and just missed it by a grade or even a couple of marks, often due to the fairly random A Level marking. If anything I'd say the people I know who had it as insurance, mostly for Oxbridge some for big London unis like UCL and Imperial, are more work focussed.[

    I agree with you i am very work focused , not meaning to sound boring
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Bethany01)
    Do we have access to oadby student village , because it mentions that in the prospectus, what does it actually mean ? yeah it suppose matters more what the people who are staying there with me are like x
    Yes you do have access to the Oadby student village, when you move in they give you like a pass that gives you access to it but I never used mine once
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Bethany01)
    Heya , so Leicester is my insurance choice university , does anyone know the probability that ill get put into mary gee housing ( ive been told that this accommodation is not every nice and hasn't been updated in a long while and its abit of away from the university ?) if i dont make my first choice
    this is what happened to me, leicester was my insurance and I got just dumped there and your right it is outdated and not the best but at the end of the day it was much cheaper than my first choice accommodation so I had more money to spare and it really wasn't that bad, not as nice as JoFo but not the end of the world.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Batmonkey)
    this is what happened to me, leicester was my insurance and I got just dumped there and your right it is outdated and not the best but at the end of the day it was much cheaper than my first choice accommodation so I had more money to spare and it really wasn't that bad, not as nice as JoFo but not the end of the world.
    thanks , more questions.....does it join in with oadby student village at freshers ? is it a social atmosphere, are there many opportunities to make friends? and how far is it away from the city center for shopping and nights out ?
    • PS Helper
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Bethany01)
    thanks , more questions.....does it join in with oadby student village at freshers ? is it a social atmosphere, are there many opportunities to make friends? and how far is it away from the city center for shopping and nights out ?
    For the last one maybe a couple of miles? You'll likely to have to get the bus anyway same as Oadby students.

    Also, the last bus into town on a night is always amazing (unless someone voms)
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Bethany01)
    thanks , more questions.....does it join in with oadby student village at freshers ? is it a social atmosphere, are there many opportunities to make friends? and how far is it away from the city center for shopping and nights out ?
    Um yer I don't think there was anything stopping us from going to Oadby during freshers , oadby residents get a free bus to the 02 from 10/11 ish i think so I think we could have used that service but like i said in a previous post, during the entire first year I think I went to Oadby once to see a friend because during freshers pretty much every thing happened at the uni or in town ( clubs like chilli whites, republic etc) and there was plenty of people at mary gee to share a taxi with, leicester is very cheap for taxi's so only cost about £2 -3 over all for a taxi there and back to the club.

    I would say that it was quite a social atmosphere, during freshers we as a block went a knocked on other peoples blocks and everyone was very friendly so lots of opportunities to make friends as long as your willing to be sociable It is quite far from the city centre - your talking like 1hr 20 min ish walk (i'm a very slow walker mind) but you can get a bus as theres a uni bus service right outside mary gee. For food shopping theres a free bus service to asda and for mary gee thats on a tuesday
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Mary Gee is a lot more social then JoFo and it really isn't that bad, admittedly I didn't live there but I know plenty of people who did and they all found it great. GMS and digby seems to generally be a solid choice aswell. Beaumont seems to have mixed experiences but the times I've been there its seemed find.
    Offline

    6
    ReputationRep:
    I just finished my first year at uni and stayed in GMS Bowder Court! Only half of bowder court had been refurbished when I moved in and I got old bowder court but its all being redone this summer and when its finished it looks sooooo nice! Bowder Court is self catered and ensuite and is incredibly more social than John Foster!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Any reviews about cityblock 1 leicester?
    FYI i am a freshman
    I'll be having 11 roommates (mixed gender). What can be possible advantages and disadvantages of the same ?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Batmonkey)
    this is what happened to me, leicester was my insurance and I got just dumped there and your right it is outdated and not the best but at the end of the day it was much cheaper than my first choice accommodation so I had more money to spare and it really wasn't that bad, not as nice as JoFo but not the end of the world.
    So you have stayed at Mary Gee houses? I have been given a room in block C and I have only 4 days to choose to accept or reject the offer, what is your advice? Are rooms, bathrooms and kitchens good? And are there places to take a bike? Thank you!
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    I really wish people would stop saying Mary Gee is dreadful - it's really not. It's not wonderful, definitely not compared to John Foster, but that was only built in 2008 so obviously it's not going to be the same...

    I was put in Mary Gee, and at first I was really hesitant and worried. However, I was in Block U, and while I admit that the carpets in some rooms weren't that great, the blocks themselves were fine. They were clean enough, the bathrooms were of good sizes (one on top floor, one on ground floor - if you're lucky you'll get a bath AND a shower) and a weird utility room on the middle floor with sinks. The kitchen is fairly long and narrow, and it can get difficult if there are more than 4 people cooking at once (especially living with 9 other people) but luckily my house all liked to cook at different hours between 6 and 9, so it was fine! There was a table in ours with 6 chairs, there were two fridge freezers (a little tight to fit everyone's stuff in, but manageable!), there's a noticeboard, one big window at either end of the kitchen and the floor can be mopped clean. Oh, there were two hobs/ovens in ours too, and two sinks with draining boards. It's big enough, trust me. Also, the heating could be a bit temperamental but there's a thermostat on the middle floor (in the corridor) so we were warm all year long. :p:

    The bedrooms (or at least in my block) had a big desk with a chair, a comfy chair, a single bed, a wardrobe and bedside table with a small drawer. There were also shelves above our desks. The beds usually had enough room under them that if you struggled for space you could put your stuff under there - I had lots of plastic boxes for this. The internet is wired but fast - but make sure you bring a decent length cable. And, if you are like my housemate, she had a 30m cable and lived above the kitchen - if ever we wanted the internet in the kitchen she used to hang her internet cable out her window and pull it into the kitchen. We probably weren't supposed to do that, but never mind.

    I haven't been there since last year so I'm not sure if they've updated the bike shelter at all, but if you want to take a bike make sure you bring a decent lock - a D lock is the best you can get. If you have quick release wheels, make sure you have a lock that can go round the frame and both wheels too. I left my bike in my room over the holidays (you weren't supposed to do this, but they weren't going to provide adequate shelter/safe locking for my bike so that's what I did). Basically, the problem with the bike shelter was that it was literally just a wooden shack. There were places for between maybe 15-20 bikes but the rest had to be locked to railings. The problems came when people went home for Christmas/Easter. The site wasn't watched and there were no security cameras, only subwardens who weren't really around much either. I remember over the Easter period there was a mass bike theft, where people had come onsite and tried to get every bike they could. I'm not trying to scare, I'm just trying to warn you that you will need a decent lock, because for some reason there are some horrible people that prey on Mary Gee bikes.

    Anyway, please PM me if you want more information or want to ask me anything else, I have a couple of pictures of my room and possibly a few of the kitchen floating about, so if anyone wants I can send those.

    To be honest though, I made some truly amazing friends in Mary Gee - it was definitely worth living there as I had extra money in my pocket, there's a free bus to Asda on Tuesdays and as long as you don't mind not living in top quality accommodation, it's absolutely fine. It doesn't matter where you stay, what matters is the people, so. (You can also save money if you don't buy a bus pass - it's always full when it gets to Mary Gee so you might as well walk or cycle. There are a few shops in town that sell second hand bicycles, so that might be a good investment. )

    Anyway my post is too long, I shall stop. Good luck, and don't worry, you will be fine!

    (I'm not sure what the state of the bike racks are now, as I'm going into my third year and haven't been near Mary Gee since last summer). Just make sure you have a decent lock, whatever happens.)

    Another bonus is that you don't have to move all your stuff out over christmas or easter (4-5 week periods), so ha to jofo :p:

    Edit: negged for trying to help? wow. :rolleyes:
    • PS Helper
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by siani-chan;38508576
    To be honest though, I made some truly amazing friends in Mary Gee - it was definitely worth living there as I had extra money in my pocket, [B
    )

    there's a free bus to Asda on Tuesdays [/B]and as long as you don't mind not living in top quality accommodation, it's absolutely fine. It doesn't matter where you stay, what matters is the people, so. (You can also save money if you don't buy a bus pass - it's always full when it gets to Mary Gee so you might as well walk or cycle. There are a few shops in town that sell second hand bicycles, so that might be a good investment. )
    Please tell me remains the 'Beaver Bus' and still uses the slogan 'Ride the Beaver'.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by roh)
    Please tell me remains the 'Beaver Bus' and still uses the slogan 'Ride the Beaver'.
    Yes that bus still exists - we still laugh about it even now. :p:
    • PS Helper
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by siani-chan)
    Yes that bus still exists - we still laugh about it even now. :p:
    I've always wondered whether the person who wrote that was incredibly naive or in on the joke! Brilliant either way
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by siani-chan)
    Anyway, please PM me if you want more information or want to ask me anything else, I have a couple of pictures of my room and possibly a few of the kitchen floating about, so if anyone wants I can send those.
    Thank you very much! I sent you a private message!!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi Feds90,
    I've also been allocated a room in Mary Gee, and tbh I was a bit disappointed... Really wondering what it looks like and what the shared bathrooms are like, because I was hoping for an ensuite.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by MagicJo)
    Hi Feds90,
    I've also been allocated a room in Mary Gee, and tbh I was a bit disappointed... Really wondering what it looks like and what the shared bathrooms are like, because I was hoping for an ensuite.
    Hi MagicJo! At first I also was a bit afraid about the situation, but now, after I've talked with Siani-chan, I think I'll accept the offer. Which block they give to you?
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Did TEF Bronze Award affect your UCAS choices?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.