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Can ppl who go to Sheffield uni please help me out...

I'm looking for accomodation...can u give my ur honest opinions on these halls:

Halifax
Stephenson
Ranmoor
Tapton
Broad Lane Court

Which is (in ur opinion) the:
best,
the closest to the union/sports centre,
the cleanest/newest

Thanks
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Oh and what about the food in the catered halls?
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Yup, I'd like info on this too, I'll definitely be going to Sheffield and will have to sort out my accomodation soon.
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OKEY, to both of you then:

To answer your last question first, obviously you are going to get a mixture of people who like different things, BUT provided the accomodation forms haven't changed this year, there is a question which asks what sort of time you are likely to go to bed, 10 PM, Midnight, Early Morning - and it is assumed they try to group people together somewhat to prevent disturbance.

Food in catered halls, I can only assess based on hear-say as I am in self-catered, but I have heard that the food isn't too good in terms of quality, however you can get enough food to satisfy using your meal allowance.

Ranmoor Hall is by far the nicest in terms of new facilities, and has a very popular bar for those people based on Fulwood Road, but works out to be a 40 minute walk to the Union and Academic Buildings. 25 to Goodwin Sports.

Stephenson is a beautiful old building, done up quite nicely inside, has its own snooker hall, and is based on around the lovely Endcliffe area, set just one side.

Halifax is in a nice area around Endcliffe Vale Road, and looks nice (haven't had much experience there)

With Stephenson you are 25 minutes, and Halifax around 35 minutes, to the main campus, and the Goodwin Sports Centre being achieveable in around 20.

Both these and Ranmoor make use of the shopping facilities in Broomhill, which is hugely student orientated.

Tapton Hall is out on its own over in Crookes, which is great if you are doing Law, as this is the closest place to it, but there is a little bit of isolation. Access to the Sports Centre, 15 minute walk away, main campus 25.

Broad Lane Court, is a neat looking, self catered, and is down off West Street, the road which leads to the heart of the city. BLC is convienient for students geered towards Engineering, Management and Economics. About 7 minutes to the Union building/Chem/Maths, 10 minutes to Physc, 15 to Goodwin and 35 to Law.

The top end of West Street, after you get past City Hall tram stop is where a lot of pre-club activities will take place, (there and the Union bars of course), the amount of night venues, are by far enough to keep you occupied for all the 3 or 4 years, and you aren't just limited to Union nights, with venues like Gatecrasher down near the Hallam end of the city.

Don't eliminate Self Catered from your options, there is alot more freedom in when, how much, and what you eat. And yes there is life after stables such as pastas and rice.
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Crooksmoor is mainly for law undergrad there is another converted church in town but i think thats grad students.

http://www.shef.ac.uk/housing/graduate/st_george.html
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Broad lane court is ok its pretty quiet though I think it would have been too quiet for me as an undergrad. The rooms are a decent size. 2 showers and 2 toilets per flat to share between 5. 1 room in each flat is en suite. Decent sized kitchen it isnt that homey really but its nice enough for student digs.
There are loads of little supermarket things but you are miles from a decent big supermarket which I find annoying because I always end up paying loads more than I normally would.
The laundrette is another downer there are only 3 washers and 3 driers for the whole of broad lane and only 2 ever work.
Its good for being central to everything except for law which is about 25+mins work (depends on how energetic I'm feeling) trust me to manage to end up miles away from my department.
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The idea of it really freaked me out. I would be expecting ghosts to turn up in my room.
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Cheers guys.

Is it hard to get an en suite?
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Yeah, I was looking at an en-suite at either Tapton or Halifax. Ranmoor looked a bit out of the way.

How internet-access for rooms in halls? That's pretty important.
University netork facilities are available in all rooms in the following residences:

Earnshaw Hall
Halifax Hall
Stephenson Hall
Ranmoor House Hall
Tapton Hall
70 Westbourne Road (Wolfson Flats)
30 Taptonville Road
16 Endcliffe Crescent (Crescent Flats)
18 Endcliffe Crescent (Woodvale Flats)
52-56 Endcliffe Vale Road (Endcliffe Vale Flats)
Crookesmoor House
Broad Lane Court
Mappin Court
50-64 Victoria Street (Victoria House)
St. George's Church

These cost £100 per year on top of your accomodation costs, regardless of whether you intend to use the network port or not, and are taken from your first payments.

Network cards, if your computer doesn't have one are available at a cost of £15 from computing services at the University.
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I've heard that contracts are 31 and 38 weeks only.

I wanna do Dentistry next yr, I know it starts in Oct and the Summer hols are 3 months in the first yr...is there anyway to get a different contract?
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I've heard that contracts are 31 and 38 weeks only.

I wanna do Dentistry next yr, I know it starts in Oct and the Summer hols are 3 months in the first yr...is there anyway to get a different contract?
Likewise, as in the Dentistry part.


Expression, where'd you find out about:

"University netork facilities are available in all rooms in the following residences"

I've checked out the Sheffield site and the prospectus but they're pretty vague on the subject.
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I think Sheffield is gonna be my first choice if I dont get into Notts. But the cost of accomodation is scary, and a student loan of 3000 can only stretch so far!!!!!
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Likewise, as in the Dentistry part.


Expression, where'd you find out about:

"University netork facilities are available in all rooms in the following residences"

I've checked out the Sheffield site and the prospectus but they're pretty vague on the subject.
It's on the Computing Services website, and it's a fact of personal experience.

38 weeks should see you through from Freshers Week to the end of the course in the first year.

Mine lasts from 20th September (Saturday before the start of Freshers Week), until Saturday 12 June. The final day of Spring Week 15 being Friday 11 June.
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It's on the Computing Services website, and it's a fact of personal experience.

38 weeks should see you through from Freshers Week to the end of the course in the first year.

Mine lasts from 20th September (Saturday before the start of Freshers Week), until Saturday 12 June. The final day of Spring Week 15 being Friday 11 June.
What does the difference of 31 and 38 week contracts mean? Does this mean the landlord/lady turns off all the utilities, etc.
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What does the difference of 31 and 38 week contracts mean? Does this mean the landlord/lady turns off all the utilities, etc.
I think 38 means u don't have to empty ur room at christmas etc
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I think Sheffield is gonna be my first choice if I dont get into Notts. But the cost of accomodation is scary, and a student loan of 3000 can only stretch so far!!!!!
You should be able to apply for more than £3000, mine is £3821, the accommodation costs being £2277.48 + £100 Network Port costs, and that is in Self Catered with food to buy.

The last £1000 of the loan is means tested, and thats the bit that makes the difference between £3000 and £4000.

The cost of accommodation is always going to take a large chunk where-ever you go.
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Apart from thr possible network bill, are there any other things? E.g insurance?

Also, in self-catered...what exactly does 'fuel charges' over and how much roughly does it cost per month?
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Apart from thr possible network bill, are there any other things? E.g insurance?

Also, in self-catered...what exactly does 'fuel charges' over and how much roughly does it cost per month?
I believe self-catered halls are thise in which you just pay for your food. Gas/Electric/etc. are included in your rent.

However in flats/private owned buildings, you would have to pay all the bills.
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I believe self-catered halls are thise in which you just pay for your food. Gas/Electric/etc. are included in your rent.

However in flats/private owned buildings, you would have to pay all the bills.
Some of the self-catering say exclusive of fuel charges
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I think 38 means u don't have to empty ur room at christmas etc
Correct.

38 weeks means you can stay there over all Christmas and all Easter, move back in anytime over these periods.

A lot (not all) of Halls however have 31, which means you move out over Christmas and Easter. You can pay to have your stuff kept in storage if you so wish, rather than cart it all home.
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