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    I've been to the UoL website and they all look relatively good on paper.
    Why aren't they more popular with LSE students?
    Which are the best ones and which Uni's do they share with generally?
    Which have the best social scene?
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    From what I've read, they're all fairly awful, and are largely full of foreign / postgrad students. Not that I'm saying foreign people are bad, but if that's not what you're after...
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    (Original post by lareneg)
    From what I've read, they're all fairly awful, and are largely full of foreign / postgrad students. Not that I'm saying foreign people are bad, but if that's not what you're after...
    they bad because of foreigners e.g. they only hang out in their groups etc?

    I just want somewhere social with decent rooms and not too far from LSE.
    On paper a lot of the halls look better than LSE halls ;p. But if they are that bad then damn.
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    (Original post by Srije)
    I've been to the UoL website and they all look relatively good on paper.
    Why aren't they more popular with LSE students?
    Which are the best ones and which Uni's do they share with generally?
    Which have the best social scene?
    ..hahahaha you are really doing your research.. the UOL halls are all basically the same distance to LSE 25min walk perhaps coz they are all around UCL
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    My nephew was in intercollegiate halls last year (he was at KCL doing geography) and he had a riot. He made loads of mates, from loads of unis (read: all of UoL people are in there) and a fair few of his friends are internationals. I wouldn't have a problem with international students if they spoke English around me and socialised with everyone.

    I considered the intercollegiate halls too, but they're all catered! Poo.
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    (Original post by microfatcat)
    My nephew was in intercollegiate halls last year (he was at KCL doing geography) and he had a riot. He made loads of mates, from loads of unis (read: all of UoL people are in there) and a fair few of his friends are internationals. I wouldn't have a problem with international students if they spoke English around me and socialised with everyone.

    I considered the intercollegiate halls too, but they're all catered! Poo.
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    Hmm interesting . Catering is not so bad :awesome: but I am learning to cook this year so a kitchen would be nice I guess ;P

    Ok set aside the fact that intercollegiate halls are good or bad. If you had to choose, which would be the top 3? It would be great if people who stayed in them replied too :awesome:
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    (Original post by Srije)
    Hmm interesting . Catering is not so bad :awesome: but I am learning to cook this year so a kitchen would be nice I guess ;P

    Ok set aside the fact that intercollegiate halls are good or bad. If you had to choose, which would be the top 3? It would be great if people who stayed in them replied too :awesome:
    But with catering, if you went out the night before and crashed into bed at 5am, do you really want to eat breakfast before 10? You're paying for it whether you're there or not. And what if someone's having a birthday meal out? Or you want to go out for the day around London? You've got to be back for meals. And what if you come down lateish, and all your friends have finished? And the meals are on rota, so you might eat lasagna 50 times a year.

    Anyway, just something to think about. I haven't stayed in them myself obviously, and I need to learn to cook before 2nd year so the best thing is that I get thrown in the deep end I suppose (also, nobody will marry a girl that can't cook :P)

    If I had to list them, I'd go by price first (and if the lowest one was an absolute s***hole, take it off the list) because I'm poor. Maybe distance to the uni too, and to the library. But I've never been in them and don't plan to, so I can't give advice
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    Ok, maybe what I read was wrong or I misread :P

    I'm not against foreign people, but I think many people would rather stay in halls with other people from England - not because they're racist but some people just feel more comfortable around their own kind, as it were (which is why I mentioned it in my post).
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    (Original post by microfatcat)
    But with catering, if you went out the night before and crashed into bed at 5am, do you really want to eat breakfast before 10? You're paying for it whether you're there or not. And what if someone's having a birthday meal out? Or you want to go out for the day around London? You've got to be back for meals. And what if you come down lateish, and all your friends have finished? And the meals are on rota, so you might eat lasagna 50 times a year.

    Anyway, just something to think about. I haven't stayed in them myself obviously, and I need to learn to cook before 2nd year so the best thing is that I get thrown in the deep end I suppose (also, nobody will marry a girl that can't cook :P)

    If I had to list them, I'd go by price first (and if the lowest one was an absolute s***hole, take it off the list) because I'm poor. Maybe distance to the uni too, and to the library. But I've never been in them and don't plan to, so I can't give advice
    Fair point about the catering . In fact that's probably gonna put me off wanting to stay at any inter-collegiate hall. But I still need 3 preferences :awesome:, just in case I cant get LSE halls.
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    Kay I'm gonna clear up the internationals comment I made. I'm not racist, I have friends that are Estonian, German and Hungarian, my ex was from Belgium, blahblahblah, race doesn't bother me. At unis I've heard that people from certain backgrounds only hang around with people from their home country - I think it's rude, but I think I might do this too if I went to another country and met cool English people. It can be very cool if they're sociable and teach you how to cook things you might never have done if it weren't for them, and they can be great people to hang round with if they're nice and can speak English to an understandable degree.

    Anyways, glad you know the two sides to the catering story now Good luck on getting the halls you want! And happy eating, xxx
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    The UoL intercollegiate halls are incredibly popular with many LSE students - approximately 25% of students are accommodated in them.

    I stayed in them during my first year, and had a fantastic time - a great variety of people, fantastic locations, good social life and they are very nice accommodation. With all of them approximately a 20 minute walk to LSE they're also very convenient (with the exception of the Postgrad Nutford and Lilian Penson residences).

    Yes, the fact they are catered puts some people off, but the food is rotated carefully so as not to have the same thing every week/fortnight.

    The three Garden Halls (Canterbury, Commonwealth and Hughes-Parry) are all adjacent to one another, with Connaught opposite and International just round the corner by Russell Square Tube. College isn't far away by Senate House.

    They're also a great location for many other UoL colleges and facilities - including Senate House, ULU, UCL Union and more.

    You will have to put three down on your accommodation application form, but they really are great halls, and relatively cheap as well, so don't completely dismiss them!
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    (Original post by acwright)
    The UoL intercollegiate halls are incredibly popular with many LSE students - approximately 25% of students are accommodated in them.

    I stayed in them during my first year, and had a fantastic time - a great variety of people, fantastic locations, good social life and they are very nice accommodation. With all of them approximately a 20 minute walk to LSE they're also very convenient (with the exception of the Postgrad Nutford and Lilian Penson residences).

    Yes, the fact they are catered puts some people off, but the food is rotated carefully so as not to have the same thing every week/fortnight.

    The three Garden Halls (Canterbury, Commonwealth and Hughes-Parry) are all adjacent to one another, with Connaught opposite and International just round the corner by Russell Square Tube. College isn't far away by Senate House.

    They're also a great location for many other UoL colleges and facilities - including Senate House, ULU, UCL Union and more.

    You will have to put three down on your accommodation application form, but they really are great halls, and relatively cheap as well, so don't completely dismiss them!
    which 3 would you suggest? which one did you stay in?
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    The intercollegiate halls are generally much better than LSE halls in terms of social life; they put on more events and students do events at UCL and KCL as well as LSE. Intercollegiate halls don't have more internationals than other halls; I think they have less than LSE's. With the possible exception of International Hall - where a lot of internationals apply. That said, the social life is good year on year though Connaught Hall is probably the best of the lot.

    What microfatcat has to say about dinner times is true. A lot of the time you will miss breakfast if you don't wake up before 9, and it can be a chore eating at certain times. However, the food is very cheap and good value for money. Also it might be better living with people who go to your uni, you'll see each other on campus, you'll have more in common and it will be easier finding people to live with in your second and third years.
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    (Original post by Srije)
    which 3 would you suggest? which one did you stay in?
    I was in Commonwealth. They're all good - College tends to allocate slightyl more to PostGrad though. Commonwealth, Connaught and International tend to be most popular.
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    (Original post by acwright)
    I was in Commonwealth. They're all good - College tends to allocate slightyl more to PostGrad though. Commonwealth, Connaught and International tend to be most popular.
    I see I will bear this in mind, cheers.

    (Original post by TerryTerry)
    Also it might be better living with people who go to your uni, you'll see each other on campus, you'll have more in common and it will be easier finding people to live with in your second and third years.
    Thank you too, yeah I'm hoping to get a good LSE hall but just incase I'm put in an intercollegiate one, I know the better ones to stay in.
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    Lived in college hall couple years ago. Loved it! Connaught was good from what I saw of it too and it has a bar which I dont think the other have.

    To be honest, it really doesnt make a rats arse which one you go to. If you're open minded and friendly you will enjoy any and every one just as much.
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    (Original post by partoftheweekend)
    To be honest, it really doesnt make a rats arse which one you go to. If you're open minded and friendly you will enjoy any and every one just as much.
    Yeah... they seem so similar anyway... :yep:
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    I've a place at LSE ext year and are applying to inter-collegiate halls. So far Connaught and College seem best because there both meant to be quite sociable and location is good too. But not sure about the third, any ideas?

    Also is there anyone who's lived in either college or connaught able to share there experiences? good and bad...
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    Don't go for intercollegiate guys. Just don't do it. M'kay? M'kay.
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    (Original post by Swayum)
    Don't go for intercollegiate guys. Just don't do it. M'kay? M'kay.
    south park buff.... why?
 
 
 
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