birmingham uni accomodationWatch
I'm planning on going there next year but from all the maps and info they've sent it looks like its all quite a long way from campus. Plus I've been to the main campus and didn't see any accomodation in sight!
Everyone seems to go on about how good it is to be as close to campus as possible but does this really matter if there's good transport? Thanx
Most of the accomodation is on The Vale, which is (I think) 10-15 mins walk from campus. There are a few other places away from campus. I'm in Manor House, which is about 2 miles south of uni and takes 15 mins or so by bus to get to uni. I know Hunter Court is about a similar distance from uni too, but in the other direction (so closer to the city centre). Queen's Hospital Close is only a short train journey away. If you've got specific questions, ask .
What's manor house like? Any specific reasons you picked it? Do you find there are any disadvantages with having to bus it every day? Thanks Nylex
Sorry for the delay in replying and cheers for the info, it doesn't seem as bad as I thought. I think I can just about manage a 10 minute walk!
Also, for the catered halls (and many of the self catered ones to) you have to have a 40 week contract, well i only want to be there for 30/31 weeks (however long the term is basically) which means paying for 10 weeks @ £100 a week = £1000 for accomodation and food that i won't be using.
Also, in general, most of the accomodation looked very expenisve for what you were getting compared sop some other unis that I have looked at.
Did anyone see anywhere on the form where you could specify a preference for individual halls??
It defininatly says 40 weeks in the accomodation pack I got sent about a month ago.....maybe they changed it????
but i was a bit disapointed that you cannot write down your preference
i'm gonna put myself down for self catering
My friend lives in the none renovated ones and although they are not terrible, she is always telling me how much she wishes she was in a flat like ours!
Tennis Courts is great- they are the closest to the Uni (there is a shortcut which takes under 10 mins to get to uni!)
Elgar Court is lovely and posh, but expensive. Chamberlain and Mason are proper 'halls' and thus not as posh, but there is a good social life as you have loads of people on your floor. The Beeches are in Five Ways so are far away.
Make sure you do this, or you could end up in....shudder...Maple Bank!
I don't think Ashcroft is that bad, it seemed OK when I visited it. I don't know anyon e who lives there though.
Is Maple Bank really that bad? I heard Ashcroft's not very nice either.
No its not that bad at all, and everyone I speak to here is glad that they did get it due to the prices of all the posh halls!! Sure its not got nice new pine furniture and a breakfast bar, but its clean and like £1,500 cheaper than Elgar Court next door!!!
You're only here for 30 weeks of the year, do you really need en suite and to live next to the uni?
Maple Bank, Chamerlain and Elgar are 15mins walk away from campus, or theres a bus every half hour that costs 40p.
Other advantages of being on the vale: better atmosphere and only a 10-15min walk to broad street, the city's pub/club/bar street and of course tescos!!