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    (Original post by sonny17)
    Im pretty sure I dont want to go for st matts, it's easier to get there during the day for lectures than it is to get to the city center from st matts for clubbing let alone going back. And i've read some rumours that st matthias was closing down by this summer? I dont know how accurate the rumours are, though. But ulink is included in the rent so might aswell live in the city center.
    no i dont think it is i know some courses are moving to frenchay...like for mine im doing its the last year it will be at st matthias but you can apply for accomdation there still this year...yeah that is true plus im doing criminology so not sure if ill be in that many days?? i would like an ensuite though to be fair lol
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    Im on Frenchay campus this year and its so awful! heres a couple of things which could help anyone who’s finding it hard to make the decision:

    -the buses don’t run until 3am, they run until 8pm, the free ones at least. it takes 20 mins on the bus in the day time, but only the U4 which runs very very infrequently! the rest of them take 35mins +.

    -taxis back to campus from town cost £15 set rate, they never do it on the meter as it only takes about 7 mins driving and they wanna rip off students.

    -the gym membership it NOT FREE! when u apply for your accommodation there’s an option to opt out and it reduces the cost by about £200.

    - the on-campus bars are pretty poor and aren’t even that busy on the weekends unless there’s a night on and then they don’t have a big enough capacity for even half the students so you have to wait for ages to get a drink (i waited 45 mins earlier this term)

    - basically on-campus life isn’t as good as UWE try to make out, there’s not really very much opportunity to socialise and mix either - i live on Carroll court and have been shouted at, called a pikey and various other things from those in the student village who have given the accommodation the nickname of 'council court'.

    - lastly I find even Carroll court is costs more than its worth, with most of our lounge chairs breaking, our hot water being very temperamental, sink taps breaking off, and a gas leak.


    anyway there you go, i seriously wouldn’t recommend it, feel gutted that i didnt go for city centre accommodation and just cant wait for next year living in the city!
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    (Original post by zoe_uwe)
    Im on Frenchay campus this year and its so awful! heres a couple of things which could help anyone who’s finding it hard to make the decision:

    -the buses don’t run until 3am, they run until 8pm, the free ones at least. it takes 20 mins on the bus in the day time, but only the U4 which runs very very infrequently! the rest of them take 35mins +.

    -taxis back to campus from town cost £15 set rate, they never do it on the meter as it only takes about 7 mins driving and they wanna rip off students.

    -the gym membership it NOT FREE! when u apply for your accommodation there’s an option to opt out and it reduces the cost by about £200.

    - the on-campus bars are pretty poor and aren’t even that busy on the weekends unless there’s a night on and then they don’t have a big enough capacity for even half the students so you have to wait for ages to get a drink (i waited 45 mins earlier this term)

    - basically on-campus life isn’t as good as UWE try to make out, there’s not really very much opportunity to socialise and mix either - i live on Carroll court and have been shouted at, called a pikey and various other things from those in the student village who have given the accommodation the nickname of 'council court'.

    - lastly I find even Carroll court is costs more than its worth, with most of our lounge chairs breaking, our hot water being very temperamental, sink taps breaking off, and a gas leak.


    anyway there you go, i seriously wouldn’t recommend it, feel gutted that i didnt go for city centre accommodation and just cant wait for next year living in the city!
    Haha, yeah, I live on Carroll Court too and once got woken up by people shouting 'council court' really loudly on the path outside my house. The irony is I could afford to live in Student Village, but I knew it would be full of people like that which put me off. I can't wait to move out either :p:
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    (Original post by Jazz91)
    I'm halfway through my first year and have hated living in student accommodation. The rent is ridiculous and even worse in the student village for what you get. I would advice anybody not to go into student accommodation if they actually want a clean flat and to actually sleep without being woken up by drunk idiots every night. Frenchay is really far out of the city centre and the buses are terrible. If you do go into student accommodation then live in the centre, taxis are not cheap when your coming back to frenchay after a night out.
    If your a rich kid, a rugby type or a *****y girl who wears ugg boots and three inches of make-up and do lots of coke then the student village is probably the best choice for you
    Indeed :yep: I live on Carroll Court and it can be bad but my friend lives in the student village so I know what it's like there too.
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    I'm also hoping to be doing Computing at UWE in Sept', but I don't have a clue where to stay. I guess it is between Student Village and the bigger place in Brizzel center. I basicly want to ensure I go out and have a mad time most nights, go to rediculous amounts of house parties, but also attend loads of the many nights Bristols music scene has to offer. I am a DJ so I also hope to get a set or two a week somewhere. Experienced UWE peeps, where am I best situated?
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    (Original post by JMTuk)
    I'm also hoping to be doing Computing at UWE in Sept', but I don't have a clue where to stay. I guess it is between Student Village and the bigger place in Brizzel center. I basicly want to ensure I go out and have a mad time most nights, go to rediculous amounts of house parties, but also attend loads of the many nights Bristols music scene has to offer. I am a DJ so I also hope to get a set or two a week somewhere. Experienced UWE peeps, where am I best situated?
    City centre, definiately. For what you want, you'd be much better off there than on Frenchay.
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    I made marketgate my first choice. Since it's my first choice and I did it in less then three days after they gave me the option. Does this mean I will get it?

    I've heard nothing but good things about that place.
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    (Original post by Stettin)
    I made marketgate my first choice. Since it's my first choice and I did it in less then three days after they gave me the option. Does this mean I will get it?

    I've heard nothing but good things about that place.
    I'm wondering this too, put Marketgate as my first choice and I did it on Thursday, how likely are we to get in?
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    (Original post by Beth292)
    I'm wondering this too, put Marketgate as my first choice and I did it on Thursday, how likely are we to get in?

    I will be pissed off I i don't get there. Especially if people who didn't pick UWE has their firm and applied for accommodation very late get in.
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    just applied for waverlly, city center and 8people to a flat so more chance of sharing with people i get on with, anyone else put it down as there 1st ???
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    just applied for city centre accom (marketgate 1st) and waiting for accom office reply....actually hows likely can I share a flat with my friends if we applied at the same time?we got 4 ppl in total ....hopefully we may finally group together
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    I also applied for accomodation last week sometime. Marketgate being my first choice. I realllllly hope I got on it quick enough. I have a friend who last year was late on apply and they still managed to get it. Also, a lot of people still haven't even had their interviews yet, so I am hopefuly
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    (Original post by turner981)
    just applied for waverlly, city center and 8people to a flat so more chance of sharing with people i get on with, anyone else put it down as there 1st ???
    That's my second choice. Rackhay and Nelson Drake are my third and fourth.

    Frankly I have no idea what Waverly,Rackhay and Nelson have to offer. I just simply choose them for being in the city centre.



    (Original post by JMTuk)
    I also applied for accomodation last week sometime. Marketgate being my first choice. I realllllly hope I got on it quick enough. I have a friend who last year was late on apply and they still managed to get it. Also, a lot of people still haven't even had their interviews yet, so I am hopefuly
    What was it like for you friend? All I keep hearing about everybody is that it's a great place to live in. I choose it simply because it's city centre but if the supposed party antics are true. I wouldn't mind
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    Reading this has put me into a bit of a panic, I didn't realise I could apply for accommodation now. But I can't find out where to do this, help would be lovely :/
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    (Original post by CoffeeFrapp)
    Reading this has put me into a bit of a panic, I didn't realise I could apply for accommodation now. But I can't find out where to do this, help would be lovely :/
    go to https://apply4accom.uwe.ac.uk/
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    Glad i read this.... Shall be staying in the city for sure. Not sure which to chose. I'm thinking Nelson House > Drake House > Market Gate > Waverly House > The Rackay.

    However is there much difference between City Centre and Uni allocated flats? Would like to get people my own age so would the City Centre ones be the same?
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    cant choose between student village and city centre... i'll be on the bower ashton campus though!! is the student village really that bad :/ ?? x
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    (Original post by milkxo)
    cant choose between student village and city centre... i'll be on the bower ashton campus though!! is the student village really that bad :/ ?? x
    I'm currently in my first year right now, and I'm at Nelson House in the City Centre.

    Each accomodation area (city centre, Frenchay campus, or St Matts/Glenside/Hollies) has it's pros and cons to be honest. You get free gym membership and annual bus pass for all of them (except you don't get the bus pass for Glenside campus, don't ask me why)

    Frenchay Campus

    In theory, it has alot of pros in that it probably appeals more to those who want the 24/7 party feel, since there's little issue of causing too much room disturbance than you'll probably get with other accomodation, the rooms and flats are spacious and very nice, with on suite etc, AND you're right next door to all the Frenchay campus events and lectures (if you study on Frenchay that is) which makes things easier on you.

    However, saying that, it's over a grand more expensive than the other accomodations, which just felt like a steal for me, not even the student loan for maintanance covers it. Also, for the first 2 weeks, you'll party like crazy on the campus, but then you'll begin to want to explore superclubs and that in the city centre, and you'll have to cash out for regular taxi fares back ON TOP of the overpriced accomodation. If you ask me, I don't think it's worth it, at least not until the price goes down, or they organize some kind of taxi deal. If I was you, I'd put it as a 2nd or 3rd choice in case the other accomodations don't have enough room. You're to be a student after all, you're not in the position to just throw away cash. On the flipside, the Carrol Court of Frenchay (house themed rather than tall stylish flats) is about a grand cheaper, so consider that if you really do want to live on campus, but then you still have the taxi issue.

    City Centre

    For me anyway, is the most ideal of all the UWE accomodations, because it's a grand cheaper than the student village, you get the free bus pass to the campus anyway so you can travel freely back and forth, it's a good opportunity to feel part of THE CITY OF BRISTOL, and not just as a student confined to a university, so it's a good opportunity to site seek for jobs or recreation (near the harbour, nature reserve, as well as clubs and that obv), you get alot of good views that you don't get in the village, and personally I like to keep my place of work and residence separate, just for my own sanity really. But the best thing is, the amount you'll save on taxi fares, in that your place of residence is but a minute away from that superclub you're partying at, on top of the cheaper accomodation, think about it. Also, if you're studying at Bower Aston, the art campus, I strongely recommend living in the city centre, as Bower Aston doesn't have accomodation.

    The downside is that, not being on the Frenchay student village, you could miss out on alot of events and experiences that are in place to bring (not only freshers but) all students together on the campus (as you'll be in the city centre instead), but then as already mentioned your experience at UWE is what you make it, not what's made for you. But this is the only real weakness I can think of for the city centre. Personally, I think it's the best bet.

    I chose Nelson (Nelson/Drake) because it's cheaper than Marketgate, has had less problems with maintainance and the owners of the accomodation, and (a personal opinion of mine) is that I wasn't too bothered about not having on-suite. But others might care, I understand that, in which case there is Marketgate.

    Other Campuses

    Now, not everyone is studying at Frenchay, some may be studying at St Matts and Glenside, and prefer to stay on those campuses, or the Hollies accomodation opposite Glenside, to be nearer to THEIR lectures, and to enjoy maybe a more tranquil, quiet, friendly, enclosed, beautiful setting, that's still a grand cheaper than Frenchay. It's up to you. Bare in mind that these campuses will not be around forever due to relocations of courses all to Frenchay's expansion, but I believe they are in place for a year or two.

    Now, you're away from the major student union events on Frenchay, AND what Bristol's city centre has to offer, but you will be next door to the specialized events (pub quizzes, live comedy, live music etc) that Glenside and St Matts have in their student union bar. It really depends on what suits you, as a person.

    Hope I helped anyway.
    I found this on another forum. Basically it will save you a huge amount staying in City Centre and it's probably a lot more fun if you want good night life too. I'm just trying to figure whether to choose Marketgate or Nelson House as first choice :/ I think i will go Nelson tho
 
 
 
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