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    I really like the look of Opal 2, it has a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room on site and is a 5 minute walk from the University Campus. I've been looking into prices aswell and it seems that a standard room in Opal 2 is also quite a lot cheaper than Endcliffe. I was wondering if anyone else is looking to live here?
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    (Original post by laura_802)
    I really like the look of Opal 2, it has a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room on site and is a 5 minute walk from the University Campus. I've been looking into prices aswell and it seems that a standard room in Opal 2 is also quite a lot cheaper than Endcliffe. I was wondering if anyone else is looking to live here?
    The weekly price is cheaper than Endcliffe but doesn't include internet, which you pay in a single payment at the start of the year (price depends on which internet speed you choose). The leisure facilities are also expensive - I don't know anyone who uses it. Nice if you can afford it, though. Being so close to uni and town is the biggest benefit.
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    i have a friend lives in opal 2 he loves it and overall u think it's a bit nicer than endcliffe or ranmoor
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    ....I applied for a self-catered room in Endcliffe in the end. I got in contact with a friend up there and she advised me that in the first year it may be better to stay in a more social environment and to meet as many people as possible. Apparently Opal 2 is a bit isolated and often older postgraduates stay there as well.
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    Opal 2 looks cheaper than (most of) Endcliffe, even when you include the price of internet connection, plus on site swimming pool and gym.

    Some people have said it's less social, and that may be true of the actual building, but you're closer to the student union bar than pretty much everyone else is, which has to be good for socialising.

    Basically, if you're not ridiculously shy, I'd say go for Opal.
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    (Original post by Billybob7)
    Opal 2 looks cheaper than (most of) Endcliffe, even when you include the price of internet connection, plus on site swimming pool and gym.

    Some people have said it's less social, and that may be true of the actual building, but you're closer to the student union bar than pretty much everyone else is, which has to be good for socialising.

    Basically, if you're not ridiculously shy, I'd say go for Opal.
    When you include the internet it works out about the same as the equivalent (ensuite self catered) in Endcliffe. The leisure facilities are not included in the rent - gym membership is around £30 a month (and it's a pretty small gym). I suppose you do however save money on transport by living so close to the uni and city centre. There's never a need to get a bus home on a rainy day or a taxi home at the end of the night.
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    (Original post by laura_802)
    ....I applied for a self-catered room in Endcliffe in the end. I got in contact with a friend up there and she advised me that in the first year it may be better to stay in a more social environment and to meet as many people as possible. Apparently Opal 2 is a bit isolated and often older postgraduates stay there as well.
    Really?...That's interesting to know. I'm starting as a postgrad in September and after so many bad experiences with houses I'm very tempted by Opal 3 as at least I will know how much I'm paying in total and get a nice warm room too. Don't mind sharing a building with undergrads but don't really want to be completely surrounded.
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    (Original post by happydinosaur)
    Really?...That's interesting to know. I'm starting as a postgrad in September and after so many bad experiences with houses I'm very tempted by Opal 3 as at least I will know how much I'm paying in total and get a nice warm room too. Don't mind sharing a building with undergrads but don't really want to be completely surrounded.
    I'm a postgrad living in Endcliffe - there's a series of blocks for postgrads and mature students so you're not surrounded by 18yo freshers but not completely away from the experience either Perhaps something to bear in mind?
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    (Original post by laser)
    I'm a postgrad living in Endcliffe - there's a series of blocks for postgrads and mature students so you're not surrounded by 18yo freshers but not completely away from the experience either Perhaps something to bear in mind?
    Looks lovely, though rather expensive. I'm hoping to not have to pay more than £80-90 per week really. Are the Endcliffe village rooms 51 week lets? My course runs September to September so that's quite essential.

    Quite drawn to the Opal accomodation as I'd really prefer to have atleast a larger bed for the year. Though its only for a year so I'm sure I could cope if I had to.
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    (Original post by happydinosaur)
    Looks lovely, though rather expensive. I'm hoping to not have to pay more than £80-90 per week really. Are the Endcliffe village rooms 51 week lets? My course runs September to September so that's quite essential.

    Quite drawn to the Opal accomodation as I'd really prefer to have atleast a larger bed for the year. Though its only for a year so I'm sure I could cope if I had to.
    Ah no, I always forget that - it's a standard (42?) week let. Home for me is Doncaster and as the summer is just dissertation writing I can do that from home and save some cash
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    (Original post by laser)
    Ah no, I always forget that - it's a standard (42?) week let. Home for me is Doncaster and as the summer is just dissertation writing I can do that from home and save some cash
    Yeh I'm sure if dissertation writing from home would be a good idea for me. I'm the type who needs to go to the library everyday!
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    Can you apply yet, I thought we could only apply in March?
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    Do many first years go into opal because I may be starting at Sheffield in Sept and was thinking about Opal 3?? Thanks
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    (Original post by adamreed)
    Do many first years go into opal because I may be starting at Sheffield in Sept and was thinking about Opal 3?? Thanks
    As a first year I'd go for accomodation through the university as a first choice (Opal 3 isn't) because then you will live with people from your uni/year etc. In Opal unless its done through the uni accom office you could end up living with students from Hallem/other years. Depends what you want really...
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    (Original post by happydinosaur)
    Really?...That's interesting to know. I'm starting as a postgrad in September and after so many bad experiences with houses I'm very tempted by Opal 3 as at least I will know how much I'm paying in total and get a nice warm room too. Don't mind sharing a building with undergrads but don't really want to be completely surrounded.
    Only thing is, Opal 3 is pretty far away compared to Opal 1/2, its right by the Infirmary Road Tesco!

    I'm in Broad Lane Court at the moment and it's very quiet (a bit too quiet for me really) and they segregate the undergrads from the postgrads. And it's really cheap and the same distance from Opal 2!
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    (Original post by adamreed)
    Do many first years go into opal because I may be starting at Sheffield in Sept and was thinking about Opal 3?? Thanks
    I know quite a few first years who are in Opal, they're quite nice rooms!
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    (Original post by Jacinta)
    Only thing is, Opal 3 is pretty far away compared to Opal 1/2, its right by the Infirmary Road Tesco!

    I'm in Broad Lane Court at the moment and it's very quiet (a bit too quiet for me really) and they segregate the undergrads from the postgrads. And it's really cheap and the same distance from Opal 2!
    Opal 3 is the ones up by Shalesmoor tram stop right, or did I get that wrong? Don't know where the tesco your talking about it just know my cousin lives in some apartments at Shalesmoor tram stop and it didn't seem too far away. Anyway according to google maps its only a 10-15 minute walk to my deparment from Opal 3 which seems like nothing at all. I've looked at places like BCL but they don't really appeal, if I'm going to have cheap accom it might as well be a shared house so at least I get a living room and double bed.
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    (Original post by happydinosaur)
    Opal 3 is the ones up by Shalesmoor tram stop right, or did I get that wrong? Don't know where the tesco your talking about it just know my cousin lives in some apartments at Shalesmoor tram stop and it didn't seem too far away. Anyway according to google maps its only a 10-15 minute walk to my deparment from Opal 3 which seems like nothing at all. I've looked at places like BCL but they don't really appeal, if I'm going to have cheap accom it might as well be a shared house so at least I get a living room and double bed.
    That's fair enough, I guess I'm just a bit spoilt living so close!
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    (Original post by Jacinta)
    That's fair enough, I guess I'm just a bit spoilt living so close!
    If your a first year though its nice to live really close. I loved my campus life in my first year at Warwick. But now a 15 minute walk seems like nothing as my off campus accom at Warwick was 40 minutes from campus! And where I am now is a 30minute walk into town.
 
 
 
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