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    Just like to give this thread a little bump; any more experiences people have had?

    Think I've whittled them down to Connaught, Commonwealth, Hughes Parry and College.

    Is there anything that distinguishes one Garden Hall from another? e.g. Is Canterbury more quiet and postgrad?

    Oh and finally, what's so good about College that justifies it being that much more expensive? The LSE site is claiming- Single en suite - £180 - £210 per week! the others seem to be 140-50

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    (Original post by Readandrhyme)
    Just like to give this thread a little bump; any more experiences people have had?

    Think I've whittled them down to Connaught, Commonwealth, Hughes Parry and College.

    Is there anything that distinguishes one Garden Hall from another? e.g. Is Canterbury more quiet and postgrad?

    Oh and finally, what's so good about College that justifies it being that much more expensive? The LSE site is claiming- Single en suite - £180 - £210 per week! the others seem to be 140-50

    Cheers!
    Numbers distinguish the halls from each; Connaught has about 200, Hughs Parry is huge. With smaller halls most people know everyone, whilst larger halls can be more anonymous but, on the other hand, you have more people to socialise with and have new people to meet. With Canterbury, you're quite often sharing a bathroom with only one person and is a little quieter than the others which is good if you're work orientated.

    Only Connaught and International Halls have their own bars. College is quite nice inside but it's not that social and there's no justification for the fees. I don't know where you get the idea that some halls are more postgraduate than others, because generally they're not - it depends on the year. I only think College has more postgrads generally who may be able to better afford the fees. Knowing what I know, I would put down Connaught, International and Canterbury based on facilities, atmosphere and how social they are; though if you wanted a large halls, or were prepared to pay College's fees for slightly nicer room and ensuite, you might choose differently. But, at the end of the day, it really doesn't matter because if you're not happy at International, you wouldn't be happy at Hughs Parry and if you're happy at one, you'd be happy at the other.
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    (Original post by Readandrhyme)
    Is there anything that distinguishes one Garden Hall from another? e.g. Is Canterbury more quiet and postgrad?
    No, they have a very similar student population in each. I suppose the main difference is what room types are available.

    (Original post by Readandrhyme)
    Oh and finally, what's so good about College that justifies it being that much more expensive? The LSE site is claiming- Single en suite - £180 - £210 per week! the others seem to be 140-50
    College Hall is nearly all en suite and was fully refurbished only 3 years ago, so the rooms and facilities are very nice and new.
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    (Original post by adrianclark)
    No, they have a very similar student population in each. I suppose the main difference is what room types are available.



    College Hall is nearly all en suite and was fully refurbished only 3 years ago, so the rooms and facilities are very nice and new.
    Well i think i've whittled it down to Connaught number 1 due to location, size, facilities and the fact it seems to have a good reputation for being sociable.

    A couple of questions; how likely are you to get your first place? I'm applying from LSE and already have my place, just waiting for them to put the form up if that makes a difference.

    Secondly what are the kitchens like? Is there much scope to make your own food as I notice that lunch isn't included in the fees.

    Thanks in advance
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    Likelihood of getting first choice depends on your college accommodation office, but most people do seem to get at least one of their top three, and I think the chances of getting first choice if you apply for intercollegiate is quite good.

    Kitchens in all the intercollegiate halls are very basic: usually a microwave, a sink, and a fridge only. It is assumed that most people will eat lunch at college during the week, and at weekends there is brunch in the dining hall. Canterbury used to have electric hobs but I have a vague memory that they got rid of them because of frequent fire alarms - could be wrong about that.
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    I am having the same problem as the first guy on this post - went to apply for LSE halls and suddenly I have to choose 3 intercollegiate too! I've gone for Connaught, College and International, purely based on their distances. Travelling by tube is apparently expensive for students (source: friend who is a current LSE student, staying in Carrs), and the three I've chosen are all 30-35 mins walk from London Waterloo (and so closest to LSE campus also). The other two on offer for LSE, Lillian and Nutford, are an hour walk. I am still, however, unsure as to which order to put my 3 in!
 
 
 
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