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Current UCL students: which is the best halls of residence and why?

Offer holders: which halls of residence will you be applying to and why?

I'm just curious as I'm trying to decide which one to pick. Cheers :smile:

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International Hall

Pros: Catered, Richest hall, one of the biggest halls, has it's own branch of Costa Coffee inside, Trent (the barman),Intercollegiate ...

Cons: No ensuites
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Reply 2
Usually, it's the one that said person stayed in during 1st year.

Sociable - Ramsey/Astor
Roll out of bed - Arthur Tat.
Variable Experiences - Schafer

There's more halls but I'm too lazy to go into more detail.
Nobody can really answer this without knowing what you want from halls - do you want catered or self-catered? Is a social atmosphere what you want, or would that get in the way of your studying? Do you want facilities like squash and table tennis? Does it matter to you where in London the halls are? etc
Reply 4
Ramsey is very sociable but can b a bit RAH but good rooms and near uni
james lighthill has good rooms but they put subjects together (well they did last year) which doesnt help meeting new people just up from angel so nice area near uni but its really quite.
Max Rayne and Ifor Evans hav been mostly refurbed but still are pretty bad rooms but they r in camden town which is cool n near uni and someone is always passed out somewhere. U can also bring friends back.
Some halls they check u when u enter and there is an intercollegiate 1 that u need 2 buy a guest pass like 2 days b4.
leelou
Ramsey is very sociable but can b a bit RAH but good rooms and near uni
james lighthill has good rooms but they put subjects together (well they did last year) which doesnt help meeting new people just up from angel so nice area near uni but its really quite.
Max Rayne and Ifor Evans hav been mostly refurbed but still are pretty bad rooms but they r in camden town which is cool n near uni and someone is always passed out somewhere. U can also bring friends back.
Some halls they check u when u enter and there is an intercollegiate 1 that u need 2 buy a guest pass like 2 days b4.


That's a big generalisation, it's not a major problem. I was in Ramsay during my first year, and it was good fun.
Reply 6
maze.e
That's a big generalisation, it's not a major problem. I was in Ramsay during my first year, and it was good fun.



true but i did say can be. rah doesnt hav 2 be a bad thing though
Reply 7
Ramsey and Astor are always sociable, John Dodgson is good too and really nice. Shafer was great 2 years ago but apparently not so good last year. Camden halls are hardly anyone's top choice, as the facilities are pretty bad, but the atmosphere is great, the security is much more laid back than in other places and there's a pub on site.
Reply 8
Lizia
Ifor is miles away in Camden...[..] John Dodgson is really nice and nearer to UCL than Langton Close is.

These are fresher's standars of far away :wink: No UCL halls are further than 20 minutes travel away (or about 45 mins walk), including walking to the tube/ waiting for the bus, etc. This really isn't far, it's probably as close as you can possibly ever find for your 2nd/ 3rd year.
Reply 9
pure_joy
These are fresher's standars of far away :wink: No UCL halls are further than 20 minutes travel away (or about 45 mins walk), including walking to the tube/ waiting for the bus, etc. This really isn't far, it's probably as close as you can possibly ever find for your 2nd/ 3rd year.

"Far away" is comparative. Why live further away than necessary?
Reply 10
Lizia
"Far away" is comparative. Why live further away than necessary?

This doesn't apply to choosing halls, because you get them allocated in the end, but for 2nd and 3rd year it's the size of flats you can get (especially if it's 3 or 4 of you) and their price, so it's a compromise in the end.
Reply 11
Lizia
It does apply, because you can write a little note on the bottom asking for a specific hall. Everyone I know who did that got what they wanted :dontknow:


I know people who didn't, asked for Ramsey, ended up in Ifor. Anyway, if I could get halls that meet my expectations but are 10-20 mins travel away or halls that don't really but are closer, I'd go for a bit further away any time. It's personal preference I guess.
I remember when I was a fresher. I would have hated the idea of being in Max Rayne or Ifor Evans, because of the distance. I got Schafer, which was nice and close and pretty sociable, and back then it was well-priced. But I spent a lot of time in Max Rayne & Ifor, and looking back on it I think living in those halls would have been much more fun! It's a real nice atmosphere on the little compound that they have, with its bar and other facilities. On top of this, Camden Town's an awesome place (full of students). It's really not that far away either, and it's cheaper!

So.... I just wanted to throw this in for what it's worth. Whilst the Camden halls may seem like rubbish halls to freshers, most people really do end up loving it.
Ramsey is apparently party central but it's one of the most expensive.

Astor has push showers that are apparently utter crap.

Schafer has people closed off into groups of 3-4 and isn't a big line of rooms like, say, Ramsey.

The Camden halls, while about 20minutes away, are still meant to be quite nice and fun. Not to mention Camden is awesome place for shopping and generally being a student.

I may ask for Max Rayne simply because it's in Camden, it's a 20 minute walk (I wouldn't mind the exercise and I'm sued to living 30minutes away from anything) and I want self-catered. Might apply for an intercollegiate hall though just because it would be a big mix.

Here's UCL's info on accommodation by the way guys: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/accommodation/accommodation.pdf
Just so you know, most if not all intercollegiate halls are catered, and most of them have the crappy push showers.

Eljamaispa
Ramsey is apparently party central but it's one of the most expensive.

Astor has push showers that are apparently utter crap.

Schafer has people closed off into groups of 3-4 and isn't a big line of rooms like, say, Ramsey.

The Camden halls, while about 20minutes away, are still meant to be quite nice and fun. Not to mention Camden is awesome place for shopping and generally being a student.

I may ask for Max Rayne simply because it's in Camden, it's a 20 minute walk (I wouldn't mind the exercise and I'm sued to living 30minutes away from anything) and I want self-catered. Might apply for an intercollegiate hall though just because it would be a big mix.

Here's UCL's info on accommodation by the way guys: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/accommodation/accommodation.pdf
Reply 15
cool. what are the best halls in terms of non-catered, social-life, good shower?:smile:
Reply 16
Presumably by "every room has a computer data point" it means you get internet in your room? If not....
Eljamaispa
Ramsey is apparently party central but it's one of the most expensive.

Astor has push showers that are apparently utter crap.

Schafer has people closed off into groups of 3-4 and isn't a big line of rooms like, say, Ramsey.

The Camden halls, while about 20minutes away, are still meant to be quite nice and fun. Not to mention Camden is awesome place for shopping and generally being a student.

I may ask for Max Rayne simply because it's in Camden, it's a 20 minute walk (I wouldn't mind the exercise and I'm sued to living 30minutes away from anything) and I want self-catered. Might apply for an intercollegiate hall though just because it would be a big mix.

Here's UCL's info on accommodation by the way guys: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/accommodation/accommodation.pdf


It's most often five, actually (no one I know from Schafer lives in 3s). And I would prefer it that way, anyway. And the whole Ramsay being "party central" thing is such utter hype aka tripe. [is visibly annoyed at being compared disfavourably to Ramsay] And Ramsay, as catered, I don't think is significantly more expensive than any of the other catered halls, but I don't know.

It obviously depends what you're looking for. The halls that "look" the best are clearly newer ones like Francis Gardner. I think on balance the ones that are quite good for everything are Arthur Tattersall/JT and Campbell. I never had any interest in walking seven million miles to get to uni every morning and I don't really know anyone who lives in Camden so meh on that score.
blueJ-
Presumably by "every room has a computer data point" it means you get internet in your room? If not....


Yeah and it's included in the price of rent now.
I would argue the case for Arthur Tattersall/John Tovell but then I'm more than a bit biased, since it's where I'm staying.

Pros - Literally over the road from all of your lectures, relatively cheap considering you're within walking distance of all central london landmarks, clean and reasonably well presented (having just been redecorated recently), made from converted town houses, so quite homely, the nicest kitchens/showers/toilets out of all the residences I've visited, only about 10-12 people to a floor, so quite private and peaceful if that's your thing.

Cons - If you're into wild hall parties and socialising in massive groups, AT may not be for you because it's one of the smallest halls of residence and each floor only has about 10-12 people in it. Also, most of the rooms are shared, which I appreciate is not everyone's cup of tea.

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