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    (Original post by goofy-blues)

    Are orwell and wolfson standard shared bathrooms?
    Thought it would be worth mentioning that the bathrooms in orwell/wolfson differ from norfolk/suffolk. In norfolk/suffolk it's like a normal bathroom pretty much, whereas from what I've seen of pics (though never been in them) orwell/wolfson is like a room with several showers in in cubicles.

    They don't come under the same category when you make your application, even though they are pretty similar in terms of facilities except for sink. Orwell/Wolfson are also smaller. Apparently they're known for having a really good atmosphere of togetherness due to being sort of 'odd ones out' but they are located right near the ensuite campus so aren't detached in that sense. Like I say though, I've never been there and don't know anyone who lived there so can't be 100% on the atmosphere- don't know anyone who didn't like any of the other accoms though!

    Hope this info helps a little xxx
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    (Original post by Riley26)
    Does anyone know if there is any separation between 'mature students' and other students?

    Just wondering as I am 21 so therefore am classified as a mature student but obviously not too old!
    We do have mature student areas if that's what you are looking for. Just make sure you mention it on your application form.

    If you want to just be mixed in with everyone else just make no mention of you being a mature student on your form and we won't take it into account! We do have your age available to us on your application but unless you draw our attention to it we don't really look at it unless you're over 25ish.
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    (Original post by UEAAccommodation)
    We do have mature student areas if that's what you are looking for. Just make sure you mention it on your application form.

    If you want to just be mixed in with everyone else just make no mention of you being a mature student on your form and we won't take it into account! We do have your age available to us on your application but unless you draw our attention to it we don't really look at it unless you're over 25ish.
    Thanks, I am just looking to be mixed with everyone, cheers.
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    (Original post by Riley26)
    Does anyone know if there is any separation between 'mature students' and other students?

    Just wondering as I am 21 so therefore am classified as a mature student but obviously not too old!
    from my experience this year living in halls, age makes no difference what so ever in terms of mixing with everyone. In my flat there are 2 mature students and there was someone upstairs who I think was 27. Everyone just mixes together regardless of age and has a great time!
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    Is it worth staying in the residences if I live 6 miles away from the campus anyway? People keep telling me I will miss out on the social aspect of University if I don't stay in the residences, I just don't know if it's worth it. I am aware that accomodation is not guarenteed for me living within the 12 mile radius.
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    (Original post by smith34)
    Is it worth staying in the residences if I live 6 miles away from the campus anyway? People keep telling me I will miss out on the social aspect of University if I don't stay in the residences, I just don't know if it's worth it. I am aware that accomodation is not guarenteed for me living within the 12 mile radius.
    If you can get it then I'd say so, because then you've got people all around you as a first port of call for friendships. However I've no idea how likely it is you'd get a place in halls.
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    (Original post by smith34)
    Is it worth staying in the residences if I live 6 miles away from the campus anyway? People keep telling me I will miss out on the social aspect of University if I don't stay in the residences, I just don't know if it's worth it. I am aware that accomodation is not guarenteed for me living within the 12 mile radius.
    If you're lucky enough to get a spot then I'd definitely say go for it, living in halls is a fantastic experience both socially, and also for gaining a little independence. Not to mention the convenience as well! All my closest friends at uni (bar one) are people I've met from living in campus, rather than my course or societies. I only live 25 miles away when I'm at home so I could have potentially traveled in each day (and know people from my sixth form who do), but I don't think I would have had anywhere near the same experience! However, you are only 6 miles away. I know someone who lives around the same distance from the uni and applied for accommodation twice to no avail, but hey - there's definitely no harm in trying!
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    (Original post by smith34)
    Is it worth staying in the residences if I live 6 miles away from the campus anyway? People keep telling me I will miss out on the social aspect of University if I don't stay in the residences, I just don't know if it's worth it. I am aware that accomodation is not guarenteed for me living within the 12 mile radius.
    I lived in Britten House for this year and I have to say, whilst I enjoy the company of my flatmates, I spend most of my time with friends met through playing sports and my course. There are plenty of societies with social secretaries whose responsibility is to hold regular social events for its members which often start in the UEA bar or a common room but almost always end up in the city on a Tuesday or a Thursday, obviously accessible to anyone who lives in Norwich or the surrounding area.

    If you join a society, particuarly one of the larger clubs in the union, you will socialise regardless of where you live. The biggest downside being that at the end of the day, you will have to find a safe way of getting home afterwards as you can almost guarantee that no one will put you up for the night every week. Even my friends who live in the village find themselves becoming quite lazy and refuse to come onto campus for a pint or two unless they have to as no one wants a trek home on their own after having fun with their mates.
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    How long can you have a friend staying with you in your room? And do you need to get permission?
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    (Original post by chocolatedonald)
    I lived in Britten House for this year and I have to say, whilst I enjoy the company of my flatmates, I spend most of my time with friends met through playing sports and my course. There are plenty of societies with social secretaries whose responsibility is to hold regular social events for its members which often start in the UEA bar or a common room but almost always end up in the city on a Tuesday or a Thursday, obviously accessible to anyone who lives in Norwich or the surrounding area.

    If you join a society, particuarly one of the larger clubs in the union, you will socialise regardless of where you live. The biggest downside being that at the end of the day, you will have to find a safe way of getting home afterwards as you can almost guarantee that no one will put you up for the night every week. Even my friends who live in the village find themselves becoming quite lazy and refuse to come onto campus for a pint or two unless they have to as no one wants a trek home on their own after having fun with their mates.

    (Original post by smith34)
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    Chocolatedonald's advice is really good and I'd say pretty much spot on. I have a friend on my course who lived at home in first year and she had/still has a full social life . I think it depends on your will really- if you are willing to put in a bit of effort to make sure you socialise lots then it would work fine, but if you'd rather have a simple way to make friends on your doorstep then perhaps accom is for you.

    Another thing to consider is money- of course you will save a lot not paying for accomodation when you can do without, but also you will get less money from SF if you are taking a loan/grant so it will probably balance out. Considering you may have to spend a bit more money to get home on nights out, and may end up staying at friend's places a lot which will lead you to have expenses SF aren't expecting (stuff like food) it might work out worse...

    I'd go with your gut feeling honestly, just some things to consider really

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    (Original post by emaruls)
    How long can you have a friend staying with you in your room? And do you need to get permission?
    From earlier in the thread, posted by UEAAccommodation... cause I don't know how to link to an individual post ><

    (Original post by UEAAccommodation)
    Re: UEA Accomodation
    (Original post by kpwxx)
    You can have visitors to stay in your room for a maximum of three nights, and not excessively (eg. you couldn't do 3 on 1 off). The judgement of 'excessive' is made by your resident tutor, who lives in your accommodation block and covers a few flats. You have to ask them every time you want someone to stay over. This rule covers ALL the uni accommodation.

    However, when I had the meeting with them at the start of my stay in the village, they basically said it's just a provision in place to stop conflict. The first time I had my boyfriend stay I tried to ask and never got a reply so I never bothered after that. Basically, as long as you bear in mind your flatmates then you shouldn't have any problems with having people stay. So stuff like making sure your guest is polite/friendly, doesn't make a mess, considering facilities (like they aren't taking up space in fridge/cupboards, aren't hogging the bathroom if it's shared, etc). There's a chance that even with all this, someone in your flat could still complain and you'd have to cut down on having the person over, but I'd say it's very unlikely.

    All this applies for non-UEA residents, as far as I'm aware if the person is also in UEA accommodation then you can do what you like! (But if there were problems your flatmates could ask your resident tutor to talk to you and resolve it).

    Sorry I've gone on a bit, just wanted to be thorough lol.

    xxxxx
    That's pretty much it but I'm going to have to say that it really makes no difference if the person staying over is from "outside" or from with-in another room in UEA Accommodation, if we have a report that they are there we have to act on it and ask them to leave.

    If you want what we call the definition of "occasional" visitors we would say perhaps once or twice a term is OK but any more than that we would probably get involved as we would get reports from the cleaning staff. Having said that I know that there is lot that goes on that I don't (offcially) know about in my residences!
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    Thanks everyone, some interesting points raised.
    I will definately apply for accomodation.
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    Do most people eat out or cook?
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    (Original post by emaruls)
    Do most people eat out or cook?
    The majority of people will cook in their kitchens as this is the cheapest way and often a good opportunity to socialise with flatmates about. Quite often people will have one of the lunch deals (a baguette, bag of crisps and a drink from £3.80ish) down at the bar between lectures but most people will skuttle back to their residences for their din dins in the evening.
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    Just wondering in Norfolk/Suffolk Terrace how much storage space is there? (can't remember from when I saw it) Like can you store things under the beds? Is there reasonable shelf/wardrobe space?

    Also, is there really no deposit? My PSHE teacher refuses to believe me! LOL
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    (Original post by makingamemory)
    Just wondering in Norfolk/Suffolk Terrace how much storage space is there? (can't remember from when I saw it) Like can you store things under the beds? Is there reasonable shelf/wardrobe space?

    Also, is there really no deposit? My PSHE teacher refuses to believe me! LOL

    Couldn't tell you about the storage space, but there's definitely no deposit
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    (Original post by Lucyyy)
    Couldn't tell you about the storage space, but there's definitely no deposit
    Thank you! I should just show her this thread, because she seriously thinks there's a catch or something. As everyone else is having to pay a deposit. Hell, I'm not complaining LOL
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    (Original post by makingamemory)
    Thank you! I should just show her this thread, because she seriously thinks there's a catch or something. As everyone else is having to pay a deposit. Hell, I'm not complaining LOL
    No catch, no deposit. There is really no point in us asking for one! Why would we want to penalise students and ask for a load of money up front BEFORE you have got your loans? It doesn't make sense. As long as you arrange how you are going to make payment within 28 days of arrival there is nothing to worry about. The first payment fro a lot of students make for accommodation is not until November.

    If stuff gets broken while you are here we will bill you for it seperately. We only charge the exact amount of a job when it comes to maintenace so if we are charged £28.47 for a replacment of something broken that's all we pass on. There may be a small admin charge if we have to do a lot of detective work to find out who caused a problem but as long as people are honest with us we don't penalise them. My advice is if something gets broken in your flat and we ask who did it just come and see us, we're not scary and won't have a go at you. We just want to know who to charge for it.

    I have never really understood why some Universities do insist on a deposit for their own accommodation. If a student has confirmed that they are coming to their course I can't really see why the Uni would then want extra security on top of that.

    That's just how we do it though. I'm sure some of my collegues from accommodation around the country would very much disagree with me.
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    (Original post by makingamemory)
    Thank you! I should just show her this thread, because she seriously thinks there's a catch or something. As everyone else is having to pay a deposit. Hell, I'm not complaining LOL
    Oh, and as for storage space, it's different in each type of accommodation. Norfolk/Suffolk Terrace rooms have drawers under the bed that you can store things in.
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    (Original post by UEAAccommodation)
    Oh, and as for storage space, it's different in each type of accommodation. Norfolk/Suffolk Terrace rooms have drawers under the bed that you can store things in.
    You can even fit three medium sized students in the built-in storage under the beds in the village too
 
 
 

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