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    Hi, I have an en-suite gold plus in Tufnell House (Prodigy Living https://www.prodigy-living.co.uk/cit.../tufnell-house). Self-catered, free gym and WiFi, secure etc. See website. Share kitchen with 4 other students (2 boys,2 girls). Contract ends 01/09/2017 and rent is £240 a week (fully inclusive), but I’m willing to do a deal as I want to move in with some mates. You only pay from when you move in and I’ll discount the rent by leaving some of what I have already paid. Would anybody be interested in taking over my contract? If so, let me know your budget and I will see if works for me. I’m reasonably flexible and in a hurry!
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    Hey guys , I have a double ensuite room catered in Lilian Penson Hall and I want to move out because I want to stay somewhere near bloomsbury , the room is nice completed with bathtub and double bed. It's costed 238,10 pw. I am looking for take over my contract for very soon /swap for ensuite in Garden Hall , Connaught , College , or somewhere it shouldn't be catered but I prefer to.. If u are interested we can talk about it , and I'm willing to move in 1-2 days from now.. Contact me if you are interested.
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    Can anyone who's recently lived in Max Rayne comment on what's it like? Is it clean?
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    When and how can you apply for UCL accommodation for returning students for Sep 2017
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    Hey, for applicants wondering about student halls, here is a post written by Aamirah on unibudy.com (she's a current UCL undergrad). Feel free to contact her!

    "I would definitely recommend staying in student halls during your first year! It forces you to interact with people you might not usually approach. Although people's experiences in halls varies, for me personally, it was the best year and I made some amazing friends. UCL has two options for halls: catered and non-catered accommodation. Some are within a 5 minute walk from UCL while others are further away. I stayed in self-catered accommodation which was about a 20 minute walk from the main campus. When applying for accommodation, you can select what is a priority for you (e.g ensuite bathroom, distance to the campus etc). Another option for first year is intercollegiate halls. In second year, I opted for private student halls. I found it to be much less social than UCL halls and it was quite lonely at times. I would recommend finding a group a friends and renting a flat together rather than private halls from your second year. It comes with more responsibility than student halls since bills are not usually inclusive but it's usually a lot of fun"
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    Hi all,

    I'm an international student from the US. I was given accommodation in John Dodgson Hall. I was curious if anyone knew about the hall. Seems like it is very well located with nice rooms. Will people there be social? I just know at my university in the states, certain halls have reputations for being very social or not social at all. Curious if Dodgson has a reputation.

    Also, if you're living there second and third term, let me know! Very excited to be in London!
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    (Original post by jamr44)
    Hi all,

    I'm an international student from the US. I was given accommodation in John Dodgson Hall. I was curious if anyone knew about the hall. Seems like it is very well located with nice rooms. Will people there be social? I just know at my university in the states, certain halls have reputations for being very social or not social at all. Curious if Dodgson has a reputation.

    Also, if you're living there second and third term, let me know! Very excited to be in London!
    Hiya!

    I was in John Dodgson in my first year and loved it. It isn't one of the most sociable halls, in fact I haven't kept in touch with anyone I met there, but I know there were lots of people who did get together and made long-term friends from it. It's more of a 'what you make of it' hall, i.e. there aren't many organised parties or mixers, but lots of flats threw their own parties. I would say definitely make an effort to eat in your kitchen from time to time rather than your room, or to work in the social space downstairs, otherwise you may never meet anyone!

    The accomodation itself though is great, and you'll have an ensuite. Kitchens are cleaned around once a week and the reception staff are very helpful with any issues in your room. Location is by far the biggest selling point, as it's around a 5 minute walk from main campus. I was a 'mature' student there and there seemed to be lots of us, as well as lots of international students (I had a girl in my flat in the same situation as you), so you should make lots of friends with little effort
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    I'm studying abroad at UCL next semester and I just received an offer to live in Ifor Evans Hall. I'm pretty bummed about how far it is from campus. Could anyone who lived there comment on your experience? Was getting to main campus a pain? Is the hall mostly study abroad students or freshmen? Is there any chance I could switch my housing to something closer to campus? Is the overnight guest policy strict?
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    (Original post by bensandler)
    I'm studying abroad at UCL next semester and I just received an offer to live in Ifor Evans Hall. I'm pretty bummed about how far it is from campus. Could anyone who lived there comment on your experience? Was getting to main campus a pain? Is the hall mostly study abroad students or freshmen? Is there any chance I could switch my housing to something closer to campus? Is the overnight guest policy strict?
    I'm at Max Rayne but it's the same site/staff/reception so it should be the same. I walk to save money + wake me up for lectures. I don't mind it, takes me like 30min but I tend to walk really fast. Also buses are a nightmare in the morning. First time I tried to go with a bus 5 of them passed the stop without stopping cause they were too full.
    Pretty much every hall is going to be mostly freshmen afaik since only they have guaranteed places. That said there's two study abroad 3rd years students in my flat (and I'm second year )
    You can always email them and ask if they have places left somewhere else but I wouldn't be too optimistic.
    Overnight guest policy basically doesn't exist. You can walk in and out with anyone. There are no checks at any point from the gate to the room. It was the same in Schafer where I was last year.
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    Thanks so much for that answer. I was actually offered another room in Schafer. Which hall (Schafer or Ifor Evans) would you recommend more for a study abroad student? Is a catered hall worth it even if it means being farther from campus?
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    (Original post by bensandler)
    Thanks so much for that answer. I was actually offered another room in Schafer. Which hall (Schafer or Ifor Evans) would you recommend more for a study abroad student? Is a catered hall worth it even if it means being farther from campus?
    I don't think you should give being a study abroad student much significance. Most people there will be there for the first time from different countries.
    Schafer is of course more convenient because of the proximity to campus and the building is probably nicer/more modern. Really up to you to decide if it's worth 30 more quid per week.
    It's again up to you to think about how much you'd spend on food if it wasn't catered, how much you care about deciding what you eat yourself, how much time it takes you to prepare meals and decide whether you prefer catered or self catered One isn't by default better than the other.
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    Hi everyone,

    Unfortunately, one of my flatmates is moving in the middle of December so we will have a free room.

    It is a single room in a 4 room flat in loweswater house, 22 southern grove (200 m from Mile End tube station)

    Available from 22/12/2016

    Rent: £500 pcm;

    Deposit: £500 (one-month rent);

    Bills are divided by everyone, we never paid more than 30£ pcm

    Living: TESCO, Cooperative Food, loads of restaurants and grocery stores, cheap gym, great tube and bus connections within 5-min walk. LIDL and cinema, within 15-min walk or 3 minute bus.

    Facilities: Basic furniture (bed, table, wardrobes and chair), one bath-toilet room, one toilet, big kitchen enough for 6-8 people.

    Flatmates: 3 girls (Students of Queen Mary) and 1 boy (Student of UCL)

    Prefer: student, non-smoking, male

    House rules: No dishes left over-night, overall flat clean once a week.



    I’m currently getting my phD at UCL and I can guarantee that this is an excellent location for a UCL students. It takes around 25/30 minutes to get to the main campus with tube every other minute. A lot of connections to the rest of the city too.

    The house and the room are small but the flat was recently renovated it has excellent conditions. We are all young international students that try to make the flat feels like home. The size of the flat does not allow very big parties but we all try to hang out and go out some times. Know that you will try Portuguese, Italian and Pakistani food, as every once in a while someone will cook a Sunday dinner for everyone.

    If you are looking for and nice flat, with a friendly international environment, please contact me.

    Patrick
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    Has anyone stayed at Unite St Pancras? How is it, and how does it compare to Ramsay Hall in terms of social life?

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    I have not been active on this thread for a good 4 years now. I stayed in Ramsay hall back in 2012 and I can say pretty resoundingly nothing really compares to the social life you experience there. It was a wonderful experience. One of my friends stayed at unite st pancreas. The facilities there were great and the accommodation was way way better than you can hope to achieve in Ramsay. The social life on the other hand wasn't so much. International students tended to stick together, and other people tended to stick with their course mates. Flat mates being at different unis also didn't help things and made it a little bit more difficult to socialise. Of course this was just her experience so it may differ for everyone else.
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    (Original post by SK890)
    I have not been active on this thread for a good 4 years now. I stayed in Ramsay hall back in 2012 and I can say pretty resoundingly nothing really compares to the social life you experience there. It was a wonderful experience. One of my friends stayed at unite st pancreas. The facilities there were great and the accommodation was way way better than you can hope to achieve in Ramsay. The social life on the other hand wasn't so much. International students tended to stick together, and other people tended to stick with their course mates. Flat mates being at different unis also didn't help things and made it a little bit more difficult to socialise. Of course this was just her experience so it may differ for everyone else.
    Thanks for your response, it was really helpful. I'm trying to find a balance between decent quality accommodation and good social life; I looked round Ramsay Hall at the open day, and wandered into Ian Baker by mistake; it seemed much nicer. I know it is self catered, but does its proximity to Ramsay mean that you get all the social benefits but nicer accommodation and self catering?
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    (Original post by Stringer8ell)
    Thanks for your response, it was really helpful. I'm trying to find a balance between decent quality accommodation and good social life; I looked round Ramsay Hall at the open day, and wandered into Ian Baker by mistake; it seemed much nicer. I know it is self catered, but does its proximity to Ramsay mean that you get all the social benefits but nicer accommodation and self catering?
    Ian baker accommodation is lovely but I am afraid to say that you don't really partake as much as you might think with Ramsay people (you would tend to hang out with other people at Ian Baker). You would definitely be able to but it wouldn't be as often as say someone who was actually staying at Ramsay. I knew about 5 people from Ian Baker when I was at Ramsay (and that is pretty rubbish considering there are over 100 rooms I think in Ian Baker?), so I am probably not the best person to ask but I did go out a couple of times with some of them. However after the 2nd month of staying there I tended to hang around with people in my corridor (it also helps that Ramsay corridors are massive). I know one of my course mates stayed at Ian baker and loved it. They use to have a load of parties there but mainly it was dinners, baking, etc. Did see a couple of pre drinks but no where to the extent of Ramsay. I guess if you make an effort to socialise with Ramsay folk you definitely can get involved with their social stuff aswell.

    also a rule of thumb but the more rubbish the accommodation is the better the social life the residents experience. No matter which uni you go to this always seems to be the case and hence why Ramsey had a very good social life.

    I haven't read the rest of the comments on this thread so I am just gonna throw some other points about Ramsay:
    - rooms really do vary in quality and size across the different blocks.
    - food in the dining hall is edible nearly every day, but don't go expecting anything "good". Breakfast is always a safe bet but dinners can be sometimes hit or miss.
    - you will mostly socialise with people in your corridor.
    - kitchens are tiny and there is no food served on Saturday or Sunday so be prepared. (Some kitchens are also nasty).
    - if you want anything fixed in Ramsay you have to complain and make it sound more seriously that it actually is otherwise they won't do jack.
    - showers tend to get clogged up and some showers are freezing as such everyone in a corridor will go to that "one shower" despite there being 3 functioning showers on a corridor.
    - there was always a good mix of people in Ramsay from different courses (there may have been a couple more medics then other people but that's probably cause the cruciform where all their lectures are held is so close to Ramsay and they tend to go hard on a night out)

    From the above it sounds like Ramsay is aweful but to be honest I loved it there because a) being so close to the uni you could walk back between lectures and have a quick nap (naps will be your best friend 😂)
    b) students there were really nice and social
    c) I couldn't cook for myself so having food after a day of 9-5 lectures was a god send, even if it wasn't the best of food.
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    (Original post by SK890)
    Ian baker accommodation is lovely but I am afraid to say that you don't really partake as much as you might think with Ramsay people (you would tend to hang out with other people at Ian Baker). You would definitely be able to but it wouldn't be as often as say someone who was actually staying at Ramsay. I knew about 5 people from Ian Baker when I was at Ramsay (and that is pretty rubbish considering there are over 100 rooms I think in Ian Baker?), so I am probably not the best person to ask but I did go out a couple of times with some of them. However after the 2nd month of staying there I tended to hang around with people in my corridor (it also helps that Ramsay corridors are massive). I know one of my course mates stayed at Ian baker and loved it. They use to have a load of parties there but mainly it was dinners, baking, etc. Did see a couple of pre drinks but no where to the extent of Ramsay. I guess if you make an effort to socialise with Ramsay folk you definitely can get involved with their social stuff aswell.

    also a rule of thumb but the more rubbish the accommodation is the better the social life the residents experience. No matter which uni you go to this always seems to be the case and hence why Ramsey had a very good social life.

    I haven't read the rest of the comments on this thread so I am just gonna throw some other points about Ramsay:
    - rooms really do vary in quality and size across the different blocks.
    - food in the dining hall is edible nearly every day, but don't go expecting anything "good". Breakfast is always a safe bet but dinners can be sometimes hit or miss.
    - you will mostly socialise with people in your corridor.
    - kitchens are tiny and there is no food served on Saturday or Sunday so be prepared. (Some kitchens are also nasty).
    - if you want anything fixed in Ramsay you have to complain and make it sound more seriously that it actually is otherwise they won't do jack.
    - showers tend to get clogged up and some showers are freezing as such everyone in a corridor will go to that "one shower" despite there being 3 functioning showers on a corridor.
    - there was always a good mix of people in Ramsay from different courses (there may have been a couple more medics then other people but that's probably cause the cruciform where all their lectures are held is so close to Ramsay and they tend to go hard on a night out)

    From the above it sounds like Ramsay is aweful but to be honest I loved it there because a) being so close to the uni you could walk back between lectures and have a quick nap (naps will be your best friend 😂)
    b) students there were really nice and social
    c) I couldn't cook for myself so having food after a day of 9-5 lectures was a god send, even if it wasn't the best of food.
    That has made my decision much more difficult; Ramsay does sound really good, and the fact that it has music practice rooms is important to me, although the shower situation doesn't seem great. How much variation is there between the social lives of the residents; is it a huge difference between say Ramsay and Unite or Ian Baker, or is it fairly easy for people in these places to get together and go out and stuff?

    Thanks again!
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    (Original post by Stringer8ell)
    That has made my decision much more difficult; Ramsay does sound really good, and the fact that it has music practice rooms is important to me, although the shower situation doesn't seem great. How much variation is there between the social lives of the residents; is it a huge difference between say Ramsay and Unite or Ian Baker, or is it fairly easy for people in these places to get together and go out and stuff?

    Thanks again!
    As long as you are university accommodation provided by UCL I can guarantee that the social life will be good. If you are debating between UNITE and UCL accommodation I would say go for UCL. Although I keep saying that Ramsay's social life is the best, the difference between Ramsay and Ian Baker would not be too significant (I am sorry if I have made Ian baker seem to be dull)

    cleanliness and facilities between blocks in Ramsay do vary so what I said about my blocks problems could not be true for another block. Although we all complained about Ramsay we still enjoyed it. If you want "more of your own space then go with Ian baker. All Ian baker residents can use facilities at Ramsay but the reverse is not true! If you want that little bit more buzz in social life at the expense of potentially a lower quality of accommodation then go with Ramsay (it's not a huge difference apart from the kitchens!)

    As I said I loved my time at Ramsay even though at the start I didn't like the quality of my accommodation (showers/toilets/kitchens etc). its honestly the people that make the place enjoyable.

    regardless you will have a great time regardless of which place you choose. As long as you are in UCL run accommodation it will be great!
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    Do you guys know if UCL provides accommodation for students originally from London in the first year ?
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    (Original post by m15es)
    Do you guys know if UCL provides accommodation for students originally from London in the first year ?
    I was wondering this as well, it says on their website that it is not guaranteed for people from London like it is for people new to the city, but it still is a possibility
 
 
 
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