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Hey

Finally got my accommodation yay!

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i applied to Rosser and have been allocated Alexandra halls...

im a bit gutted but dont want to be negative about Alexandra as i have very little info about it!

so if anyone can give me the positives and negatives it would be really helpful!

Thanks!
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It's right by the sea?
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I'm in exactly the same position
I applied for Rosser and got given Alexandra Halls :'(

It has laundry services within the building i think but no en-suites. xo
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Alex halls does have some en suites. It's mixed. There are some flats with all en suites, some with all standard rooms and some with mixed room types. Check your contract/paperwork to see how much your paying. If it's nearer to £3,500 odd then you've got an en suite.
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hey

yeah i was a bit gutted at first about not being in Rosser but Alexandra Halls seem really nice (hopefully)

just checked my license agreement, not got an ensuite but ill deal

just really looking forward to going!
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I wrote this in another thread, but thought I'd post it here, and maybe add to it:

Positive = on the seafront, you may get a great view. Closer to town, and therefore better for nights out in town/shopping. Bigger beds and rooms. (You'll need to get sheets for a bigger bed, but a single duvet will be ok.)

Negative = far from campus (but you will get used to the walk/be able to get the bus). You could get a rubbish view (my window looked into the courtyard). Pigeons will come into your room/kitchen if you leave the windows open when you are not there, I am not even joking. I shall also add that the amount of times the fire alarms go off is ridiculous, and the entire building has to be evacuated, so get used to that, lol.

I had an en-suite room, and our kitchen was massive. Only 6 of us sharing, all with our own bathrooms in my flat. Not all the flats are en-suite, but even the ones that are not are nice, lots more space than up on campus.

I had the same last year, wanted Rosser and got Alexandra Halls, but I really did love it in the end.

I personally thought it was a nice place to live. Any more questions just let me know
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I'm in Alexandre halls =] Its what i originally applied for, it looks lovely, right by the sea.
I found out that im sharing a bathroom though which is a bit of a dissapointment as i wanted an en suite, i didnt realise there were en suite and shared bathrooms in there. Oh well. Hopefully see some of you around then hehe.
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I was in Alexandra Hall for my year at Abersytwyth & started an article on AberWiki for it. Since then it seems several people have added to it;

http://www.aberwiki.org/Alexandra_Hall

The article is a bit doom-&-gloom, but it's not really as bad as it makes out. The worst thing about Alex in my opinion is how they turned it from a Hall into flats, because it completely ruins the social atmosphere of the place - by the end of the year I didn't even know 5 people outside my flat, hell I didn't even know the people next door! I'm sure if you make the effort to call on your neighbors & the likes you'll get to know people, but with no social space & no sort of 'Hall committee' to organise events, it was far too easy to spend your entire time there without getting to know anybody. From the outside it looks like it'll be a really nice traditional old Hall, but on the inside it's just a bunch of modern sterile-white flats.

Good things;
- Remodelled/refurbished relatively recently (I was there 2006/07 & that was the 2nd year the Hall was open, but for my flat & a few others it was the 1st year as they were finished later) so things should still be quite new & in relatively good condition.
- Most of the rooms are a decent size.
- Queen size beds (awkward to find sheets for, but a bit more luxorious than single & big enough for some 'company'). Single fitted sheets won't fit (ironically I purchased the 'bedding pack' from the Hall & it included a single fitted sheet) but single plain sheets are just about big enough & a single duvet is fine.
- Well equipped kitchens. I was in a flat of 6 & we had 2 ovens/grills/hobs, 2 huge American-style fridge/freezers, 2 sinks.
- Has it's own laundry in the basement. This used to be open 24/7, which meant you could do your laundry at 3am when all the machines were free, until they found a tramp sleeping in there one night & started locking it after 10pm.
- Right in front of the sea, which is bloody spectacular. Particularly fun when there's big storms --> http://www.imagesofeden.co.uk/old_si...n07/index.html
- Convenient for town (supermarkets, drinking).
- Again, it's right in front of the sea *****es! --> http://www.imagesofeden.co.uk/old_si...afront001.html (building closest in the foreground)

Bad things;
- Crap social potential.
- No in-house staff (it's handled by the seafront residences office which is ~250m along the prom).
- Repairs take a loooooooooooong time.
- Super-thick stone walls kill cellphone reception.
- Getting parcels is a nightmare. The front door has a combination lock & the postboxes are inside, so the couriers can't get in. Royal Mail seemed to get in to leave red cards, but other couriers were a nightmare. Because of the lack of cellphone signal they couldn't even call you when they were outside.
- Some rooms have crap views (my window faced a brick wall 3 feet away). But others at thr front have stunning views.
- Ridiculous numbers of fire alarms, where the entire Hall has to evacuate onto the prom & wait for the fire brigade. Particularly fun when there's big storms.
- Long walk up the hill to get to the campus.

The part about the heaters in the AberWiki article is a bit ambiguous. The good thing is that instead of central heating each room has its own electric radiator on the wall which you have complete control of - so you can have it on as much as you like. There's a little button next to the light switch that says 'Touch' or something & that turns the heater on for a certain amount of time. However, it doesn't turn it off. My heater had a mains switch next to it though, so it could be turned off, but some of my flatmates ones didn't have mains switches so couldn't be switched off.

This was my room, if you can imagine it without so much crap & without the righthand table (I bought that one) --> http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...n_april_07.jpg
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The thing about the heaters was that you can't turn it down once you have "boosted" the heating. So I was either too hot or too cold in my room because of it. Also mine used to accidentally turn on if I pressed the light switch too hard.

I had forgotten about the parcel thing. Does mean a lot of hassle if you want to order anything. I ended up getting my stuff delivered to a friend who lived on campus in the end, was a lot easier.
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To control the heaters, buy a falt ended screwdriver and pop the fuse out when it gets to hot and put it in when you need heat...

I was told to do this by a porter...
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I think saying that article is "a bit doom and gloom" is like saying I'm a bit nervous about coming to Aber in a few weeks (I'm pretty ******* nervous).
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(Original post by Penguin_Juice)
I think saying that article is "a bit doom and gloom" is like saying I'm a bit nervous about coming to Aber in a few weeks (I'm pretty ******* nervous).
Don't be nervous. You'll be fine
I am so excited about going back, only a week until I move into my new house
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Just thought I'd add, when you move in, parking will be a nightmare. So I recommend you try and get there early if you want to get anywhere near to Alexandra Halls on the day you move in. I had to walk a fair way with my stuff, and we got there early. By later on in the day they had police to stop the road getting blocked, as it is a dead end, with a turning area just outside Alexandra Halls.
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(Original post by lizk123)
Just thought I'd add, when you move in, parking will be a nightmare. So I recommend you try and get there early if you want to get anywhere near to Alexandra Halls on the day you move in. I had to walk a fair way with my stuff, and we got there early. By later on in the day they had police to stop the road getting blocked, as it is a dead end, with a turning area just outside Alexandra Halls.

Or you can turn up a few days later...however I dont know how wise that is being a fresher
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Best way would be to get a place on Sports Week, that way you can show up early.

No point in doing so unless you really want to take part in Sports Week though.
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(Original post by lizk123)
Just thought I'd add, when you move in, parking will be a nightmare. So I recommend you try and get there early if you want to get anywhere near to Alexandra Halls on the day you move in. I had to walk a fair way with my stuff, and we got there early. By later on in the day they had police to stop the road getting blocked, as it is a dead end, with a turning area just outside Alexandra Halls.
Ah feck. Don't know how early I can get there...oh well I will have my whole family to carry my stuff for me XD
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thanks for the heads up on the halls. does anyone know how long it takes to walk to penglais campus from there? and if the standard rooms have queen sized beds also?
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For me about 25 minutes, but does depend on the speed you walk at. You'll just have to get used to the walk and find out how long it'll take you. I believe all beds are queen sized beds in Alexandra Halls, but I could of course be wrong. I know mine was.
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^ sweet. thanks a bunch!
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All the beds are queen size, unless they've changed anything since my time. Useful tip - lift up the mattress & there are 2 hinged doors that swing up to let you store a load of stuff under the bed (none of my flatmates discovered this until I pointed it out!).

I could make the walk in 15 minutes if I was really in a hurry, but on average it was more like 20-25 minutes. Going up obviously takes longer than coming down! You'll soon find your fastest/preferred route.

As for moving in, don't be afraid to use the windows to get stuff into your flat/room if you happen to be on the ground floor. I used to do that, as my kitchen windows were on the ground floor at the back corner down the side & it was much quicker than walking all the way around & through 3-4 doors.
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