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    Hey guys,
    I'm an international student who has a place in Bristol to read law (2012)!
    Was looking at the Hall websites and they all look fabulous.
    Is there anyone around (preferably current Bristol students living in halls) who can guide me along as to which hall suits me best?

    I would prefer halls which have a good mix of fun and yet peace so I can actually study and do well at uni!

    Also, keeping in mind that I'm an international student of chinese origin, is there any halls that better cater to a needs of an international student?

    Lastly, convenience is fairly important to me. Is there a hall that's walking distance to the law school that has say..provision shops and stuff nearby?

    Thanks in advance
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    Woodland court sounds like it'd suit you
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    (Original post by Pheebs1201)
    Woodland court sounds like it'd suit you
    Is it one of the catered halls there?
    I forgot to mention that I would prefer catered accom!

    Thanks!
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    CHH fits your requirements. bit pricey though
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    (Original post by volante)
    Hey guys,
    I'm an international student who has a place in Bristol to read law (2012)!
    Was looking at the Hall websites and they all look fabulous.
    Is there anyone around (preferably current Bristol students living in halls) who can guide me along as to which hall suits me best?

    I would prefer halls which have a good mix of fun and yet peace so I can actually study and do well at uni!

    Also, keeping in mind that I'm an international student of chinese origin, is there any halls that better cater to a needs of an international student?

    Lastly, convenience is fairly important to me. Is there a hall that's walking distance to the law school that has say..provision shops and stuff nearby?

    Thanks in advance
    Somewhere in Clifton; Goldney, Clifton Hill House, Manor Hall, Woodland Court, Unite House.
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    (Original post by LZRSWRD)
    Somewhere in Clifton; Goldney, Clifton Hill House, Manor Hall, Woodland Court, Unite House.
    That's two people going for Clifton Hill House already!
    Can you tell me what are some of the benefits of staying in CHH?

    And any cons?

    Would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks
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    (Original post by Pheebs1201)
    Woodland court sounds like it'd suit you
    May I know how so?
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    (Original post by volante)
    May I know how so?
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    By the sounds of it it's where alot of internationals choose and has a great location. However it is self catered so maybe Clifton hill house would be better
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    (Original post by volante)
    That's two people going for Clifton Hill House already!
    Can you tell me what are some of the benefits of staying in CHH?

    And any cons?

    Would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks
    Depends if you want catered or not? But if you do, CHH is the catered hall closest to the uni and is a popular choice with int'l students who go catered.
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    If you're looking for self catered I know Manor Hall has the highest proportion of international students. Seems to fit all your requirements pretty well. I'm there at the moment and I love it! Posted photos of my room on the main accommodation thread if you're interested
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    (Original post by debbied)
    If you're looking for self catered I know Manor Hall has the highest proportion of international students. Seems to fit all your requirements pretty well. I'm there at the moment and I love it! Posted photos of my room on the main accommodation thread if you're interested
    Thanks!
    Well I reckon I should go for catered accommodation as it makes life a whole lot easier! (No need to worry bout washing the dishes & cooking and stuff)

    In any case, if i do change my mind, i'll certainly take heed of your advice!
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    (Original post by LZRSWRD)
    Depends if you want catered or not? But if you do, CHH is the catered hall closest to the uni and is a popular choice with int'l students who go catered.
    May I ask if you are in catered accomm yourself?

    Any idea how's the food like?

    Thanks
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    Manor hall has a lot of international students of chinese origin, if that's what's most important to you then that would seem a good choice. CHH is another if you prefer catered. One possible con of this might be that chinese international students at bristol have a reputation for being a bit "cliquey". If you want to do a lot of socialising with british students and immerse yourself in british culture from day one, it might be worth considering other halls as well. There will be internationals everywhere you go!

    convenience; avoid stoke bishop halls (hiatt baker, wills, durdham, churchill, university, badock)! I went to one of these and it was great fun, the bars are great and there's more of a sense of community imo, but very inconvenient as the stoke bishop shop is frankly crap and it is a long walk to lectures in the morning. if you want to be close to shops and lectures definitely do not go to these.
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    (Original post by Pheebs1201)
    Woodland court sounds like it'd suit you
    Just to say in half response to this advice, personally, I wouldn't suggest Woodland court: The only people I knew who started off at Woodland this year weren't happy with the choice and moved out to other Halls (Hiatt mostly). (Obviously this isn't the case with everyone - but these students found the community at Woodland too small)

    As others have said, if you want a catered hall that's close to shops etc. then go for CHH.

    Hope that helps somewhat.
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    (Original post by volante)
    May I ask if you are in catered accomm yourself?

    Any idea how's the food like?

    Thanks
    I was in Hiatt Baker ( I applied for Goldney/Durdham [Stupid I know] ). But swiftly got transferred to University Hall in the first 3 weeks of term. The standard of food in catered halls is good, but it must get a bit boring after a few weeks. Also, it makes you feel like you're at school again where you go up to get served, look around for people to sit with and then clear your plate before you leave. It just reminded me of school and self catered allows you to just kick back - share meals with flatmates, cook while just chatting to people and is in my opinion a lot better.
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    (Original post by volante)
    That's two people going for Clifton Hill House already!
    Can you tell me what are some of the benefits of staying in CHH?

    And any cons?

    Would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks
    From what I gathered from people who lived their and a couple visits I made to it:

    pros:

    Food is probably the best of any hall in bristol
    Close to uni, in the clifton village which looks beautiful
    Rooms are reasonably well sized
    Hall is one of the nicer looking halls, grade 2 listed building ect.

    cons:

    most expensive hall in bristol!
    Miss out on the experience of being in Stoke Bishop with most of the other uni students (though there are plenty at clifton, just more at Stoke Bishop)
    summer ball stands in the shadow of the legendary Goldney ball next door


    All in all, if you can afford it, CHH is probably the best hall for you. The other catered halls are at Stoke Bishop, which is a 35 mins walk away up a couple of hills as well.
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    (Original post by Complex Simplicity)
    From what I gathered from people who lived their and a couple visits I made to it:

    pros:

    Food is probably the best of any hall in bristol
    Close to uni, in the clifton village which looks beautiful
    Rooms are reasonably well sized
    Hall is one of the nicer looking halls, grade 2 listed building ect.

    cons:

    most expensive hall in bristol!
    Miss out on the experience of being in Stoke Bishop with most of the other uni students (though there are plenty at clifton, just more at Stoke Bishop)
    summer ball stands in the shadow of the legendary Goldney ball next door


    All in all, if you can afford it, CHH is probably the best hall for you. The other catered halls are at Stoke Bishop, which is a 35 mins walk away up a couple of hills as well.
    Thanks for your detailed response!
    Just wondering, why would most of the other uni students be at stoke bishop?
    Isn't a 35min walk to school quite a chore esp. if your lectures are early in the morning??

    Also, is there any other form of transport from Stoke Bishop to the Uni?
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    (Original post by thisismycatch22)
    Manor hall has a lot of international students of chinese origin, if that's what's most important to you then that would seem a good choice. CHH is another if you prefer catered. One possible con of this might be that chinese international students at bristol have a reputation for being a bit "cliquey". If you want to do a lot of socialising with british students and immerse yourself in british culture from day one, it might be worth considering other halls as well. There will be internationals everywhere you go!

    convenience; avoid stoke bishop halls (hiatt baker, wills, durdham, churchill, university, badock)! I went to one of these and it was great fun, the bars are great and there's more of a sense of community imo, but very inconvenient as the stoke bishop shop is frankly crap and it is a long walk to lectures in the morning. if you want to be close to shops and lectures definitely do not go to these.
    Thanks for replying!
    Yep it seems that most people here recommend CHH as the best place with catered food.
    Well, I guess when you're in a foreign land, people tend to stick with others who they are more familiar with? Maybe there might be some innate fear that we won't be accepted by the locals or smth, seeing that we're international students and all!

    Does that mean that stoke bishop halls are probably the halls where students have the most fun living at? I mean, other than the inconvenience, it seems like the best place to experience uni life?
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    (Original post by volante)
    Thanks for your detailed response!
    Just wondering, why would most of the other uni students be at stoke bishop?
    Isn't a 35min walk to school quite a chore esp. if your lectures are early in the morning??

    Also, is there any other form of transport from Stoke Bishop to the Uni?
    Simply because most halls are there. There's a free bus service which is quite good.
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    More answers please!

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