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

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vggirl)
    I am finishing up my 1st year of research post grad here and I can tell you St. Marks is actually a very beautiful place to live for postgrads. The rooms, bathrooms and kitchens are modern and very comfortable. There are also full size washer and dryers in each flat so no need to pay for laundry. The common room is quite popular for students to relax and hang out - there is table tennis, vending machine, a small gym and a business centre for printing and computer use. It is literally 7 min from the campus. It is well secured and I feel safe here. The grounds are well kept and very beautiful. The residence staff are all friendly. Your trash is taken from your kitchen on a daily basis. My only negative is the constant slamming of doors - which is minor and I am sure if it bothers you and you discuss it with your flatmates they will understand.

    You all will love it here at St. Marks. If you have any other questions let me know.
    Thank you for the description.
    Are the people living there polite? What is the ratio between International and EU ? (If you can say )
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by cell88)
    Hi vggirl!
    I am also applying for St. Mark's this year, I am starting my master at Leeds University Business School next September; my only concern about staying there is the security, not inside the Residence, but in the Street and the Woodhouse area around that you have to cross to get in and out of St. Marks and to and from the University, specifically St. Mark's Street. Is it safe? What can you tell us about this?
    Thank you!! :-)
    I have always felt safe on the specific streets that you have mentioned. The Woodhouse area that takes you from the Uni to St. Marks Street is mostly busy with lots of students going back and forth all day and into the evening so you are never really 'alone' walking there. St. Marks Street that takes you to the residence is also often busy with students in the day but a bit more quiet as it gets later into the evening. I personally don't know of anyone who has experienced any issues walking back and forth between uni and st. marks.

    However I would always suggest to use common sense when returning home late esp. alone to arrange a cab that will take you right to the gate of St. Marks.

    Hope this helps.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Andreascy)
    Thank you for the description.
    Are the people living there polite? What is the ratio between International and EU ? (If you can say )
    I think that in general people are polite. Most people kinda go about their business but I often see groups of friends hanging out outside, tossing frisbees, playing football and having picnics on the grass - especially now that it is warm :-) There are also flat parties but not very often. The common area is also quite popular with students sitting chatting and playing table tennis.

    I can tell you everyone is not just stuck in their rooms - I often have to close my window from all the chatting and laughing outside. lol

    There are more international students (about 70% of the population) but I have also seen allot of EU and UK students around.

    Hope this helps.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hi vggirl,

    Thank you for your enlightening post on the St.Marks residence. I am an international PG student and have applied to St.Marks accommodation for the 14/15 academic year. I wanted to inquire about the IT Policy concerning internet access at the accommodation, but i haven't yet got a reply to my email sent to the official accom emailid. Could you tell me;
    1. Is internet access provided through wifi or a wired connection?
    2. What is the IT policy regarding bandwidth speeds/download limits ?
    3. Can i download software online and access online gaming websites (http://store.steampowered.com/)? Or is it advisable for students to get their own modem/internet plan for downloads/heavy internet usage?

    Thanks!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vggirl)
    I think that in general people are polite. Most people kinda go about their business but I often see groups of friends hanging out outside, tossing frisbees, playing football and having picnics on the grass - especially now that it is warm :-) There are also flat parties but not very often. The common area is also quite popular with students sitting chatting and playing table tennis.

    I can tell you everyone is not just stuck in their rooms - I often have to close my window from all the chatting and laughing outside. lol

    There are more international students (about 70% of the population) but I have also seen allot of EU and UK students around.

    Hope this helps.
    Yes thank you , i really appreciate the time that you spend replying to all of us. I choose St.Marks because its only for postgraduates and therefore i am expecting a more pleasant time in this residence compare with other residences that most of them would be occupied by undergraduates, whatever that means
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vggirl)
    I have always felt safe on the specific streets that you have mentioned. The Woodhouse area that takes you from the Uni to St. Marks Street is mostly busy with lots of students going back and forth all day and into the evening so you are never really 'alone' walking there. St. Marks Street that takes you to the residence is also often busy with students in the day but a bit more quiet as it gets later into the evening. I personally don't know of anyone who has experienced any issues walking back and forth between uni and st. marks.

    However I would always suggest to use common sense when returning home late esp. alone to arrange a cab that will take you right to the gate of St. Marks.

    Hope this helps.
    Thank you very much vggirl!!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I was just informed that i need first to meet and send the specific condition that i am suppose to in order to be eligible and considered to live in St.Marks Residence. That is, pass my IELTS exam. Hopefully up to that time there would still be a place available for me
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by [email protected])
    Hi vggirl,

    Thank you for your enlightening post on the St.Marks residence. I am an international PG student and have applied to St.Marks accommodation for the 14/15 academic year. I wanted to inquire about the IT Policy concerning internet access at the accommodation, but i haven't yet got a reply to my email sent to the official accom emailid. Could you tell me;
    1. Is internet access provided through wifi or a wired connection?
    2. What is the IT policy regarding bandwidth speeds/download limits ?
    3. Can i download software online and access online gaming websites (http://store.steampowered.com/)? Or is it advisable for students to get their own modem/internet plan for downloads/heavy internet usage?

    Thanks!
    Internet is provided in every room and all the common areas via wifi or Ethernet ports - we also get a phone in our room with our own personal number that can be given out to friends/family. We cannot call-out without setting up an account but we can call room to room - which is pretty cool:-)

    In terms of downloads I am not aware of any limits with how much you can download. The only restrictions I am aware of that are blocked are illegal downloading sites. So if you try to download free software such as torrents etc it sends a warning and eventually blocks your connection. I have however downloaded other software just fine.

    Sometimes the internet can slow down a bit but must times it works really well.

    Hope this helps with some of your questions. :-)
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Andreascy)
    Yes thank you , i really appreciate the time that you spend replying to all of us. I choose St.Marks because its only for postgraduates and therefore i am expecting a more pleasant time in this residence compare with other residences that most of them would be occupied by undergraduates, whatever that means
    There IS a difference lol. In St. Marks you can absolutely tell its all postgrads - the students are very mature and although there is socialising the students are serious and focused - you will love it here.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vggirl)
    There IS a difference lol. In St. Marks you can absolutely tell its all postgrads - the students are very mature and although there is socialising the students are serious and focused - you will love it here.
    Yep that's my point, having fun is good but i mean not reaching the stage which you will annoy someone
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    What all are the facilities in the room for the St. Mark's residences? Like do they provide bedding stuff and everything? and do you have the proper ventilation and cooling facilities? (Fan's or AC's in there) what all essential do you need to move in?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Amruta_sk)
    What all are the facilities in the room for the St. Mark's residences? Like do they provide bedding stuff and everything? and do you have the proper ventilation and cooling facilities? (Fan's or AC's in there) what all essential do you need to move in?
    Bedding packs and kitchen packs are available to purchase before you move in and received once you get there. However none of this is included for free it must be pre-purchased. The only thing you get in the room is a mattress protector, 1 roll of toilet paper and a toilet brush.

    Heating has been sufficient over the winter but there is no air conditioning or fans so these days windows are opened sometimes all day and throughout the night because it is warming up.

    You will receive a comprehensive list from accommodations office about the essentials you need to move - however I moved in with everything basic I would need if I were moving on my own to a reg flat. A toaster, microwave, ironing board and iron are provided in the kitchen area so need to buy those for yourself.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I took some photos of the flat for someone who requested pics - if anyone else wants the pics just send me a private message with your email address and I will be happy to forward them to you.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vggirl)
    I took some photos of the flat for someone who requested pics - if anyone else wants the pics just send me a private message with your email address and I will be happy to forward them to you.
    Thank you vggirl !! I appreciate that a lot^^
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by vggirl)
    I took some photos of the flat for someone who requested pics - if anyone else wants the pics just send me a private message with your email address and I will be happy to forward them to you.
    hey, you seem to know a bit about the postgrad accom - i was wondering if you had any idea which uni accommodation has the highest % of home/eu students? and maybe which one seems to have the most chilled postgrads? i mean i wanna work hard but i dont want it to get boring thanks!!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by lobloblob)
    hey, you seem to know a bit about the postgrad accom - i was wondering if you had any idea which uni accommodation has the highest % of home/eu students? and maybe which one seems to have the most chilled postgrads? i mean i wanna work hard but i dont want it to get boring thanks!!
    Hi - the reality is that most post-grads are international students, However, I would say your best bet is to go with St. Marks. St. Marks has a nice vibe about it, people work hard but they also relax, throw parties, there are students going in and out to clubs etc. all times of the night. And although they do this - they are still mature enough to be respectful in and around the residence.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    anyone that already applied for St.Marks residence got any reply ?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Yes, I did! I've got my offer from St Marks already! I'm extremely happy!!
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    I've got a reply last Thursday so I imagine that anyone who are still waiting will probably get a reply soon.

    Be sure to check junk mail though, just in case!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I haven't yet satisfy the conditions of my conditional offer and therefore i need to wait for my official certificate of degree to be released in the end of July but even then because i am an EU student i am not sure i will be informed ASAP as International students that are guarantee an accommodation of their preference
 
 
 
  • 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
    Has a teacher ever helped you cheat?
  • 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

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