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    The Big, Fat Manchester Accommodation FAQ + Questions megathread

    Following a reorganisation of the Manchester forums, this is the new place to find out about Uni of Manchester accommodation.

    If you're looking for the old questions megathread, then it's here - but bear in mind that some of the info is a little out of date, as it dates back as far as 2007.
    We also have a FAQ for all things Uni of Manchester that aren't related to accommodation. You'll find that here

    So, without further ado . . .

    Shared bathroom? En suite? Washbasin? Self Catered? Catered?
    Super single? Single sex? Contract length?

    Should I get an en suite or shared bathroom?
    I went for a shared bathroom, because
    • shared bathrooms have a cleaner come in twice a week or so, whereas you have to clean your own en suite
    • I've never found anything nasty in a shared bathroom
    • they're only shared between 4 people or so on average, so you'll never have to queue (often 2 loos & 2 showers between 8 in one flat)
    • you get free loo roll in shared bathrooms, but not in en suites
    • an en suite costs an extra £26-37 a week (2013/14 prices). For that much money, I could feed myself all week, and have a good night out.

    On the other hand, some people prefer to have their own bathroom.

    Should I go catered or self catered?
    I went self-catered, because
    • catered usually only gives you 10 meals a week – breakfast and dinner on weekdays only (Dalton Ellis, Hulme and St Gabriels also include brunch on weekends; all halls in Fallowfield have access to Source cafe at weekends, though that's on a pay-as-you-go basis, with meals bought there not included in accommodation fees).
    • the kitchens where you have to cook your other 11 meals a week are substantially smaller and are shared between more people. Whilst they will have a microwave, you'd have to be quite lucky to get a full size hob and oven - many kitchens just have a Baby Belling.
    • it ties you down to specific mealtimes, so if you miss dinner then that's it, you've lost your meal. Ditto if you have a lie in and miss breakfast. This is especially problematic for students who have placements as part of their course (e.g. nurses) or who are heavily involved in sports clubs.
    • you'll have to go self-catered in second year when you move into a shared house, so it's best to learn to cook in first year when you've got more time.
    • catered works out more expensive – it's £29 per week for 10 meals (2013/14 prices, based on Oak House vs Owens Park), whereas I can feed myself all week (and eat well) for around £25.

    On the other hand, some people prefer to go catered because it means that

    • you don't have to think about what you're going to cook for dinner
    • parents know you're being fed
    • there's no washing up
    • you're fed on a 5 week cycle, so there's not much room to get bored (though breakfasts are always a choice between Full English and Continental).

    What is a 'super' (e.g. super single) room?
    It's bigger than a normal one.

    Which halls are single sex?

    Some people prefer a single sex hall for a variety of reasons, from religion to personal preference. However, living with the opposite gender is nothing to worry about – they mix well, and it's not that one gender is cleaner / less messy than another.

    If you want an entirely single sex hall, then you will have to go to St Anselms (male) or St Gabriel's (female), which are both in Victoria Park. Ashburne Hall, in Fallowfield, is also almost all-female - most corridors are all female, one includes male, and there's another mixed one for postgrads. I've never heard much about 'Slems (though I do know that it has a very high rate of people who choose to return there for second and third year), but Gabs has a reputation as being full of religious types, often international, who couldn't cope with the idea of a boy coming near them, or going on a night out either. It was once described to me as being like a weird boarding school. On the flip side, it also has a high rate of people who decide to stay there for more than one year - it seems to be a bit of a marmite thing - love it or hate it.

    What about getting a 51 week contract?
    51 week contracts are for postgrads only, and for undergrads they would be pointless anyway because

    • your halls contract will run out around 21st June, a good two weeks after exams finish and almost everyone goes home
    • you can extend your halls contract on request
    • the contract for your second year house will start on 1st July, so you don't want to find yourself paying rent on two places simultaneously, especially if you're not living in either of them (however do make sure that the estate agent / landlord will let you move in over summer. Some will not. They are taking the mickey if they say you cannot live there. Insist that the contract is altered in writing or take your business elsewhere).

    Which campus? City, Victoria Park or Fallowfield?

    What are the different campuses like?

    Obviously these are biases rather than absolutes, but
    • City – tends to attract work focused people who want to be close to uni and the city centre. Most international students (especially non-EU ones) live here, along with a substantial contingent of UK students.
    • Victoria Park – tends to be a bit quieter, it's more leafy surburbia with traditional, collegiate style halls.
    • Fallowfield – more of a social hub, and tends to attract people who want to work hard and play hard.

    Fallowfield looks a long way out. What is there to do in there? There are various pubs and bars in Fallowfield, including 256, Revs, Friendship Inn, Wetherspoons and all the various on-campus bars such as Squirrels (Oak House). For your late-night alcohol-related hunger pangs, we have a plethora of takeaways, including Pizza Champion, Krunchy Fried Chicken, and the legendary Kebab King. In the summer, the parks (Platt Fields in particular, although Birchfields is said to be a bit of a hidden gem) also come into their own. The good thing about Fallowfield is that it is almost exclusively populated by students, so everything is at student prices. It's actually less than 2 miles to uni, and 3 miles to town, so it's close enough to go into town whenever you feel like it, but not being *quite* so close means that it's easier to resist the temptation to go clothes shopping!

    Fallowfield looks a long way out. Don't people just have house parties there rather than going to clubs?
    No. I don't think I ever went to a house party that didn't involve us moving onto a club in town whilst I was living in halls. In fact, the point where I started going to house parties that were purely house parties was when I moved into a shared house that was closer to town.

    Are Owens Park and Oak House really manic? I want to be able to get my work done, and I'm worried about the party-hall reputation!

    They're certainly quite sociable. However, once you get past freshers week, the noise dies down a lot. I lived in Oak House, and have never been unable to sleep / work through any noise. During exam times, noise is taken very seriously by the wardens and duty tutors. Even when there is noise, it's normally only between 9 and 11pm, between the point where people start pre-drinking, and when they leave to go onto clubs. Once freshers' is over (and you really should be going out during that), then there isn't any real pressure to go out. Halls really are what you make of them – some people stay in and work all the time, some people socialise predominantly with their flatmates, and others are entirely friendly with their flatmates but tend to socialise with friends that they have met through societies / their course.

    So can I see a map of where all the accommodation is?
    There's an unofficial map that shows where the different halls are relative to other interesting things https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ms....0034,0.009162

    Private accommodation

    What about private halls?

    They're not recommended, for a number of reasons, largely that they are

    • invariably overpriced
    • poorly maintened (UNITE is notorious for this)
    • a strange mix of students. The students are drawn from all the different institutions (UoM, MMU, Manchester College, Salford etc.), from all different years, and lots of internationals.
    • Freshers week events at Manchester are organised via the committees in university-owned halls. There is no equivalent in private halls, which makes freshers week nowhere near as good.
    • If you drop out of uni (never say never - some people do, and the vast majority of those who do drop out during first year) then if you are in private halls, you will have to pay the entire year's rent, even though you (a) aren't living there, and (b) aren't receiving student finance. If you're in uni halls, you don't have to continue paying.

    Won't a privately rented shared house work out cheaper?
    All privately rented shared houses are self-catered, and almost all are shared bathroom, so I'll compare it against Oak House, which is self-catered, shared bathroom, using 2014-15 prices.

    Oak House £90 for 40 weeks = £3600 (includes all bills)
    No deposit - there is a £400 pre-payment, but this is automatically offset against your final accommodation payment.
    Total = £3600

    Shared House
    - a conservative estimate (i.e. it may very well cost more than this)
    Typical student houses will cost £70-80pw, on a 52 week contract, with a half rent concession over eight weeks of summer, so £70 for 44 weeks + £35 for 8 weeks = £3360
    Bills - typically £10-15pppw, so £10 for 52 weeks = £520
    Deposit - typically £300-400, and you may or may not get it back.
    Total: £3880 + deposit

    In addition, in private houses you tend to have problems with landlords that are either incompetent or maliciously bad (repairs not being done, laws not being followed, and deposits not being handed back etc.) along with the hassle of dealing with utility providers, getting a council tax exemption, maintaining the garden and doing all your own cleaning should be enough to put you off renting in the private sector until you have to. Reading the RenterGirl blog (particularly the older posts) should open your eyes to the fast ones that many landlords and their agents try to pull.

    What if I've got private accommodation and then I don't meet my offer? What about if I drop out mid-way through the year?
    In the nicest way possible, you're screwed. You will be tied into paying the rent for the full year, but tenancy agreements normally say that to live there, you must be a full time student. So you have to pay rent on a property that you can't live in. Your only option is to find a replacement tenant, and they're like hen's teeth. This isn't a problem with university-owned accommodation, because it isn't allocated until after results have come out. If you drop out, then you can either stop paying immediately if a replacement tenant moves in, or you have to pay 28 days rent.

    Applying for halls

    When can I apply for halls?
    When you have an offer from Manchester. You do not have to choose Manchester as your firm or insurance before you apply. Applications open around December 15th.

    Am I guaranteed halls, even if Manchester is my insurance choice / I come through Clearing / I live 500 yards away / my favourite colour is tangerine?
    So long as you meet the following conditions, then you are guaranteed accommodation in university halls. If you are UK / EU, then you are guaranteed accommodation for your first year only. If you are non-EU, then you are guaranteed accommodation for the duration of your course.

    UK / EU
    • are coming to University alone
    • are studying for your first degree
    • have submitted an application for accommodation by 31 August of the year of entry
    • have met the conditions of your offer by 31 August
    • are applying for accommodation for a full academic session (I.e. September to June)

    • are coming to University alone
    • pay the overseas rate of tuition fees
    • have met the conditions of your offer
    • have submitted an application for accommodation by 31 August of the year of entry
    • reapply for accommodation in subsequent years for the full academic session (i.e. September to June)
    • reapply for accommodation in subsequent years by the advertised due deadline (usually February)

    Visiting / Exchange Students
    • are coming to University alone
    • are studying for the full academic session (i.e. September to June)
    • have submitted an application for accommodation by 31 July

    In practice, in recent years, the university has had spare capacity and has usually been able to accommodate people who fall outside the guarantee too.

    How do I apply?

    Online, at http://www.accommodation.manchester....cations-online

    What email address should I use?
    Not your school email address! It will expire before you receive your accommodation offer, and so you won't receive your offer. As offers expire after a week, this is potentially problematic. If you have used the wrong email address, just send an email to [email protected] to change it. Do also make sure that you add the @manchester.ac.uk domain to your safe senders list.

    Why does it ask me if I'm a second, third or fourth year, but not give me the option for first year?
    You're trying to fill in the wrong form - you need to go here https://secure.stars.manchester.ac.u...StartPage.aspx and click 'new students'.

    Are the three choices that I put down in order of preference?
    Yes - first, second and third choices.

    What happens if I change my mind, and want to apply for different accommodation?
    Email [email protected]

    Are applications first-come first-served?
    Yes, with a couple of caveats (I have this on authority from a member of staff from the accommodation service). The things they look at when they decide who gets what hall is are

    • the date you applied for accommodation. However, if you later email them to change your choices (say, after the Open House) then your original application date stands.
    • the date on which your department makes your offer unconditional - this is completely outside of your control, as it all happens in the scrum between universities being told A Level results and results day.
    • gender balance - some rooms are allocated to males and some to females, so it could be that there are no more spaces for females in one hall, but lots of places for males

    Matters such as subject and nationality are not factors in accommodation allocations.

    How likely am I to get one of the three choices on my form?

    The Accommodation Office says that 80% of people get one of their three choices. You can increase your chances by applying early, or applying to halls with less demand (usually catered / shared bathroom). You can decrease your chances by applying late, or applying to high demand halls (usually self catered / en suite).

    When do I need to apply by to guarantee getting X / Y / Z hall?
    It's impossible to say. This because
    a) I don't have access to the data, and
    b) things change from year to year

    However, Manchester has always had more spaces in halls than it actually needs. Many halls are not oversubscribed. Those halls that are significantly oversubscribed are marked on the accommodation office's website as being 'high demand'. Most of those are self catered, en suite halls.

    Ultimately, you should get your accommodation application in as soon as you get an offer from Manchester, as that will give you the best chances.

    I really want to go to one specific hall. How can I improve my chances?
    First and foremost, apply early. Then, if there are multiple options within that hall (e.g. at Oak House you can choose a room with basin or without basin) then you can put all of those down. Thirdly, remember that if you don't get that hall, then (a) most people end up loving their hall anyway, and (b) you can apply to move from 1st October (see below).

    What's the application deadline?
    The deadline is 31st August in the year in which you are starting at Manchester, and you can only apply once you have accepted an offer. Whilst that deadline is the end of August, you need to apply by the beginning of August (the earlier the better!) if you are fussed about what hall you will be living in. This is because accommodation offers are handed out just after A Level results, but they start working out who gets what as soon as the university receives the A Level grades (the Sunday before results day).

    For people wishing to return to halls for a second or third year, the deadline is in February.

    I've got a disability. Can I still live in halls?
    The university is very good at accommodating people with disabilities. You'll need to speak to the accommodation office and disability support office in good time though, so that they can make any changes to the accommodation that you may need. There are some rooms that have adaptations already installed, such as grab rails in the bathroom or a fridge for insulin.

    I'm under 18. Can I still live in halls?
    You can live in halls if you are aged 16 or 17 at the start of September in the year you start uni. However, this is subject to a risk assessment, and the uni has an 'enhanced duty of care'. If you're under 16, then you can't stay in halls.

    There are, however, only a limited number of halls that you are allowed to live in if you're under 18, and you need to email [email protected] to get the details

    I'm coming with a partner / child. Can I still live in halls?

    There are two halls which accommodate couples and families (Horniman House and Linton House). However, there is not enough supply to meet demand, and in almost all cases, the rooms will be allocated to international students. This is because
    a) UK students are thought to be better able to negotiate the UK lettings market, and
    b) because UK students know how the lettings market works, they can usually get a better deal in the private sector than via the university.

    Receiving your accommodation offer


    When do offers for accommodation come through?
    If you have an unconditional offer, then they hand them out in July. If you have a conditional offer, then they will let you know after results day in August. If you have a conditional offer but you will meet the conditions by early July, you'll receive your accommodation offer in July.

    Why haven't I received my accommodation offer?
    Firstly, your accommodation offer will go to the email address you provided, so ensure you're checking in the right place.

    Have you checked your junk mail folder? Sometimes emails end up in the junk mail folder, and this is especially (but not exclusively) a problem with hotmail accounts.

    If you've checked all of that, and you're at the point in the year when you would have expected to have received an offer, email [email protected]

    When do I need to accept my offer?
    You need to accept your accommodation offer within a week, or you will lose your place and may not be give another one.

    What's this about deposits?
    The rent pre-payment is £400, and you have to pay when you accept your accommodation offer. It's returned to you by reducing your final term's rent payment. Most people use a combination of

    • own savings
    • borrowing money from family
    • the 0% overdraft from a student bank account (you can open one using a UCAS offer letter). Make sure that they let you use the overdraft before you start uni though - Halifax does, amongst others.

    However, if you're a care leaver / from a low income family etc. and will find it genuinely impossible to pay up, then get in contact with the accommodation office. They can often sort something out, though they will always still want the money - it's just that they may be able to change payment dates, or accept half the money now and half later, or something similar.

    On the upside, this is less than you would be paying in the private sector - a shared house will normally involve paying for a deposit + a month's rent upfront (£600-ish) + agents fees, and private halls often ask for an entire term's rent upfront.

    I've got my accommodation offer through, but I don't understand what the code means!
    It varies a lot between halls, but the code will probably look something like this: BE.2.32.106 (this example is from Oak House). The first two letters refer to the court that you will be in (there are usually several buildings within each hall), so in this case Beech. The next number refers to the floor that you will be on, so in this case second. If it says G, then it means Ground (for international students, the British system of counting floors goes Ground (i.e. that which is at street level) and then 1, 2, 3, 4 etc). The following two numbers refer to the flat that you'll be in, so in this case flat 32. The final three letters refer to what room you're in, so in this case room 106.

    Help! I don't like the halls I've been given!
    First off, calm down. Most people end up loving the halls that they are given, so it's a good idea to go and see how it is.

    If you really don't like it, then you can apply for a transfer from 1st October (i.e. two weeks after you move in). The details are here

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    What to bring / not bring to halls

    Can I bring my pet gerbil / giraffe / greyhound?
    Unfortunately, all pets are banned in university halls. Guide dogs, are, however, allowed.

    Can I bring my car / bike / motorbike / donkey?

    • There are car parking spaces across Fallowfield Campus (and, I believe, Victoria Park, but none in City unless you have a blue badge). You have to pay for a parking permit, and I believe that's about £125 a year. However, most students have very little need for a car in Manchester – there's barely any parking on campus, and parking is a nightmare in the city centre. The only people I know who have cars and actually use them for something other than driving around South Manchester for fun (I kid you not) are those who have placement, those who play sport at a high level and have to travel to other cities for practice, and those who have to travel to sports competitions in other cities.
    • There are bike sheds available across all campuses, for which you have to pay a £15 key deposit. Bikes really are the quickest way of travelling around Manchester, so if you have one, bring it.
    • Motorbikes are pretty rare, but I've even seen one in the bike sheds, so they are allowed.
    • Alas, there's not enough grazing to bring your donkey with you to halls, although I suppose you could tie it to the bike racks after you've ridden it into uni for lectures!

    How can I decorate my room?
    Blu-tack is officially banned, but in reality that rule is never enforced. There are poster sales at the beginning of the year in various locations (e.g. Owens Park in Fallowfield and outside the Students Union). Alternatively, you can buy them from somewhere like www.allposters.co.uk and have them delivered. Fairy lights are also a good option, as they aren't banned either. Those wall stickers won't stick very well, however, as most halls just have painted breezeblock for walls rather than a smooth surface. Candles, incense sticks and halogen lights are, however, banned, because of the fire risk that they pose.

    Am I allowed a mini-fridge / pressure cooker / George Foreman grill in halls?

    I've never seen anything to suggest that they are banned, so it's a reasonable presumption that they are allowed. My flatmate had a mini-fridge in her room, and the uni didn't complain, but they're generally fairly lax about enforcing regulations in halls anyway.

    The only things that really are banned are deep fat frying (with a £400 fine for violations!), halogen lights, candles and joss sticks.

    Help, I don't know how to cook! What should I bring?
    Firstly, try and get someone to teach you how to cook the basics – pasta, for instance. Don't be that person who is stood there asking how to cook pasta, or if sushi goes in the oven, or who sets fire to the flat on the second time they cook). I've found that the Beyond Baked Beans cookbooks (there are three – the original one, budget, and veggie (“green”)) are very useful in teaching people how to cook the basics, and more advanced stuff. In terms of kitchen equipment, the absolute basics are

    • saucepan
    • non-stick frying pan
    • baking tray
    • medium-large pyrex bowl (it doubles as a mixing bowl, and as a bowl to bake things like pasta bake)
    • small sharp knife (and some way of sharpening it when it inevitably gets blunt)
    • silicone spatula / wooden spoon
    • plate (there's two schools of thought on this - get some cheap plain ones (Ikea has them for 40p) and accept that they are going to get lost / borrowed, or buy some in a funny colour so that yours are really recognisable, and people are less likely to wander off with them)
    • bowl
    • cutlery - Ikea and Wilkinsons both do them for ~£1.50 for a set of 16
    • mugs
    • tea towel(s)
    • tupperware containers
    • tin opener

    Things that it will be beneficial for you to have include

    • potato peeler
    • potato masher (go for an all-metal one with small holes)
    • cheese grater
    • non-stick, flat-bottomed wok - it needs to be flat bottomed because all halls have electric rings, so traditional round-bottomed woks won't work.
    • scales
    • measuring spoons
    • more than one saucepan / frying pan.
    • a chopping board - although I always just use a plate

    No kitchen equipment, other than a kettle, hobs, microwave, bin and ovens are provided in halls, but wait until you get to halls before you buy a toaster – otherwise you'll end up with 8 toasters in your flat.

    Ikea is one of the best places to go for kitchen stuff - it's cheap and of fairly reliable quality, although their knives and potato peelers (and anything with a blade in general) aren't that great. Wilkinsons do some stuff (I'm rather a fan of their crockery at the moment!) but some of it isn't that great in terms of quality (the scales I had broke after 5 minutes).

    What else should I bring?
    - Clothes
    • everything that you ever wear on a day-to-day basis
    • any fancy dress you own
    • winter clothes
    • clothes suitable for black tie events - societies and halls usually hold balls at the end of the year, and sometimes at Christmas too
    • any uniform for a part time job (e.g. black shirt and black trousers for a bar job) if you already have it
    • sports kit, if you plan on doing sport at uni

    - Shoes - suitable for the above situations
    - Clothes hangers
    - Rubber flip flops - to wear in the shower, in case it isn't quite as clean as you might like (you'd be surprised how comforting being half an inch off any grime is - it's an old backpacker trick and works wonders)

    - Bedding. There is an option to buy a bedding pack from the university, which will be there when you arrive. However, if you want to buy your own then you will need to buy a fitted sheet, duvet cover, duvet, pillow and pillow case. Mattress protectors are provided. Don't spend too much, as when you move into a shared house for second year, chances are you will have a double bed, so you'll have to replace it all then anyway.

    - Desk lamp (not halogen)
    - Extension leads
    - Laptop and associated gubbins. If you don't already have one, then you may be eligible for the Laptop Bursary scheme.
    - Things to decorate your room with - the eBay Home Decor section is a really good way to find cheap (but nice, and brand new) things like cushions. There's also a poster sale every year, with locations dotted around campus (last year those locations included Owens Park halls and outside the Students Union).
    - Laundry basket - you will often have to go to a neighbouring building to wash your clothes.
    - Bins are provided rather intermittently - some people get them, others don't. If you don't, then Sainsbury's sells white translucent basics ones for £1.50.
    - Phone
    - Camera
    - Radio / iPod speakers
    - Chargers for the above
    - Alarm clock (if your phone isn't loud enough!)

    - Toiletries - shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, comb, razor etc. etc. (you know what you use, I don't) Toilet roll is provided in halls, unless you have an en suite, so there's no need to buy that.
    - Towels
    - Hair dryer (and straighteners)
    - Laundry basket
    - Washing powder

    - Stationery (NB wait until you start your course to buy textbooks, and consider what you really need, and what you can borrow from the library)

    - Suitcase - for when you go home for the weekend
    - A doorstop
    - If you intend on having friends to stay, then take an airbed and pump. NB it will be used by all of your flatmates for their friends!

    - Alcohol
    - A 'starter pack' of food (try and get your parents to fund this!) including pasta, sauce, milk, herbs and spices, butter, bread, and anything else you think you will eat. This is your golden opportunity to get your parents to fund the stockpiling of food! If you get them really well trained, then they'll give you food every time you return to uni after the holidays

    - Bike - honestly the quickest and cheapest way to get around Manchester, even over distances of 5 miles+. It's pancake-flat which makes life a lot easier. If you are taking a bike, then remember that Manchester bike thieves are moderately sophisticated and so you will need a D-Lock (not a cable lock!). You'll also want a helmet and lights. If you plan on doing your shopping by bike (particularly relevant for those not in Fallowfield) then a set of panniers is a very good investment.

    - ID (only a driving licence / passport will work for buying alcohol in Manchester; you'll also need photo ID if you plan on getting a job)
    - Debit card
    - National Insurance number
    - Railcard - NB Natwest does a free one for pre-existing customers who switch to their student account

    - First aid kit - because you are going to wake up with a hangover and a small injury sooner or later!
    - Sewing kit - surprisingly useful. And yes, you should be able to do basic sewing by the age of 18, even if you'd rather be playing rugby.

    In reality, the general rule of thumb is that if you aren't sure if you'll need something, then wait until you get to Manchester and buy it there if you find you do need it. You're not going to Antarctica, or even Aberystwyth - we do actually have shops here! Of course, if you already have it then bring it along anyway.

    Local area


    Is there a map of things that are relevant to UoM students?
    Funny you should ask! There is http://goo.gl/maps/YwRla :awesome:

    Where are the supermarkets?
    • Sainsburys (large), about 3 minutes walk from Fallowfield Campus, open 8am – 10pm. In September, it has a large selection of things like bedding and cheap toasters that students often want to buy for their new house.
    • Asda (gigantic) – there are two - one is in Longsight at the junction of Stanley Road and Stockport Road. It's 1.6 miles away from Fallowfield Campus, but only 0.7 miles away from St Anselm's Hall in Victoria Park. The other is in Moss Side (notorious) on Princess Road. Unfortunately, there aren't really any bus routes to either from the halls, so it's only really feasible if you're driving / cycling with a set of panniers. Lots of homeware on offer.
    • Aldi (mid-sized) – Arndale Centre, in the City Centre, about a mile away from city campus, or there's one on Lloyd Street South in Fallowfield (it's a bit of a trek from halls though, unless you're cycling)
    • Lidl (mid-sized) – on Wilmslow Road, at the end of Moss Lane East. Perfect if you just want to hope off the bus on the way home and get some food).
    • Sainsburys (tiny, overpriced) and Morrisons (tiny, overpriced) are the only real options within comfortable, laden walking distance of Whitworth Park and Denmark Road.
    • Chinatown (several supermarkets), close to Piccadilly Gardens in the city centre. Good for East Asian food. There's also a Chinese supermarket on Upper Brook Street, near Schuster Building.
    • Curry Mile (the section of Wilmslow Road between Platt Fields Park and the Hospitals) – various small South Asian / Middle Eastern food shops, with two mid-sized supermarkets, called Manchester Super Stores and Worldwide.

    As you can tell from this list, it's an unfortunate fact that people in City campus are largely restricted to using the small, overpriced metro / express type supermarkets. I have heard of people clubbing together to get taxis to and from Asda!

    Where's the nightlife?
    The nightlife is dotted around the city quite a bit.
    • There are various bars (Revs, Friendship Inn, Wetherspoons, 256, Baa Bar etc. as wells as bars in halls) in Fallowfield
    • Revs, Sakura, Pitcher & Piano, Baa Bar etc. are at Deansgate Locks
    • 42s is on Deansgate
    • Tiger Tiger is at Printworks
    • Sankeys is in Ancoats (miles from anywhere, but a legendary club, rated as the third best in the world by some magazine or other)
    • Joshua Brooks, Factory and 5th Ave are next to the old BBC building.
    • HMV Ritz and Sound Control are near Oxford Road station.
    • Academy (where live acts play) is on the main academic campus - it's part of the Students' Union
    • Deaf Institute is just off main campus, on Grosvenor St.

    The only clubs that are accessible on foot when you're drunk and / or in heels, from City Campus, are the ones by the BBC, Grosvenor St and on-campus. Anything else requires a bus / taxi ride, so living in City confers minimal benefit in terms of reaching the student clubs. There's naff all around Victoria Park.

    Where do second and third year students live?
    Normally along the Oxford Road corridor, in the areas of Rusholme, Fallowfield, Withington and Didsbury, but also in areas like Levenshulme and Ladybarn (and a few brave souls live in Moss Side). A few live in City, although it's hard to find accommodation there with many bedrooms.

    Is Manchester safe?
    All of the campuses are patrolled by security staff, and I've never heard of anyone being burgled in halls. Although some of the surrounding areas aren't somewhere that you'd take your grandmother for a day trip, you can keep yourself safe with a simple mantra: Don't Be An Idiot. That means don't go for late-night solitary wanders around Moss Side, come home from a night out without your friends (especially if you're female), lock your front door, don't let people tailgate into your accommodation block, and opt for the lit routes where possible. This is all really basic, simple stuff that you would follow in any city in the UK and abroad.

    Off campus, I have heard a few stories of burglaries from friends who live in second year houses. However, I've also heard similar stories from students in Bristol (and they tend to live in the nicest areas of Bristol). Burglary is essentially just something that comes with living in student areas – they know that all student houses have got 6 laptops, 6 iPods, 6 phones etc. in, so it's rich pickings.

    I've only heard of one story of a student being beaten up. However, it was so rare as to shock everyone – students, locals, university staff – and when you consider that there are probably 30,000 students living in Fallowfield, and it's only happened to one of them, your odds of not being beaten up are better than that of the general population.

    I've never felt threatened in Manchester - it's really no worse than any other large city.


    Within Manchester

    What methods of travel do people use to get to uni?
    • Bus is the most common. Reputedly, the Oxford / Wilmslow Road corridor is the busiest bus route in Europe. If you're waiting for more than 2 minutes for a bus during the day, then something has gone seriously wrong.
    • Cycling is also popular. If you want to cycle along the Oxford / Wilmslow Road corridor, then you will need to have your wits about you, but it's perfectly doable (and my preferred method). The saving graces are that congestion means the traffic is going fairly slowly and there is a low / no traffic free route from Fallowfield / Victoria Park to uni. They're also about to start work on improving the cycling facilities along the Oxford / Wilmslow Rd corridor, so there will be some improvement.
    • Walking . . . if you have a fair bit of time.

    So what's this bus pass malarky all about?
    There are several bus companies in Manchester. Stagecoach (who also operate the Magic Bus) and First are the biggest, with Arriva also running a few services. This competition keeps fares low and services regular.

    Stagecoach run the most regular services along the Oxford Road corridor (the route you'll take to uni) from halls. The bus pass is called a 'unirider' and is valid for unlimited travel on all Stagecoach and Magic Bus services within Greater Manchester from 1st September to 30th June. In the 2014/15 it was £210 if you bought online, and slightly more if you bought in person. If you need to spread the cost then you can buy termly tickets, but they add up to slightly more over the course of the year.

    First (which bought out Finglands in early 2014) also offer a student bus pass, but it is substantially more expensive than Stagecoach's offerings and they run a less regular service. The prices for a full year bus pass aren't out yet, but for the spring term First charge £100, whereas Stagecoach charge £90, and for the summer term, First charge £90 whereas Stagecoach charge £40.

    So, unless you know that you will regularly need to go somewhere within Greater Manchester that is only served by First buses, I would recommend that you buy a Stagecoach bus pass.

    Is there a free bus?
    There are persistent rumours of a free bus in Manchester. The only free bus is the 147, and that's only free between north and main campus with student ID. It doesn't run down to Fallowfield / Victoria Park (it only goes as far as the MRI hospital) and if you want to go past north campus (e.g. to Piccadilly Station) you have to pay. It also only comes every 10 minutes, and even that can be a bit hit-and-miss - I once waited 25 minutes for it.


    How long does it take to get into uni, door-to-door?
    NB I've calculated this to University Place, which is the building that looks like a tin can in the middle of the main campus.
    • Fallowfield – 20 minutes by bus, 12 minutes of moderate cycling, 40 minutes walking
    • Victoria Park – I know it looks closer on the map than Fallowfield, but in reality it takes just as long to get to uni. From Hulme Hall, you're looking at around 20 minutes on the bus and <5 minutes by bike. However, the added problem is that the buses have an annoying tendency to fill up in Fallowfield and not stop again until they get to uni, so you can find yourself sitting there whilst multiple buses whizz past. From the halls along Anson Road, the buses are a bit less frequent, but you're looking at around 20 minutes.
    • City Campus – quite variable – some of the halls on North (Sackville Street) campus are almost a mile away from the middle of the main campus, so it's best to look at each hall individually yourself, and compare on google maps.

    To & From Manchester
    The main mainline station is Manchester Piccadilly, which is a 5 minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens (where the bus drops you off). Some services stop at Oxford Road station, which allows you to avoid the 5 minute walk to Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester Oxford Road is the closest station to main campus, and has services towards Liverpool, Leeds, North Wales and Norwich via Nottingham.

    For those coming in by plane, there is a very useful bus service. It's the number 43, operated by Stagecoach (so your bus pass is valid on this journey), and it goes directly from the airport to Fallowfield halls, up Wilmslow Road (close to most Victoria Park halls) and up on into the university campus (close to most City halls). The timetable is here.

    For those coming by coach, Manchester Coach Station is on Chorlton Street. From there, you can walk from to Portland Street, where you can catch a bus to uni / halls.

    Day-to-day life in halls
    - internet, laundry, post, fire alarms and having friends over to stay

    Is there a list of university regulations and other info for living in halls?

    What's the internet connection like?
    It's perfectly adequate if you want to do stuff like watch iPlayer. I did a test from Oak House in 2011/12, and was told that I have a download speed of 9.15Mb/s and an upload speed of 1.33Mb/s.

    Can I torrent on a uni internet connection?

    You're not meant to, and they threaten dire consequences (cut off for months, hefty reconnection fee) if you do so. However, I know quite a few people who do download, and none of those have ever been done for it.

    Is there internet in all bedrooms?
    Yes. Most rooms have wifi, but a few still just have ethernet (wired) connection. However, the accommodation office has said that all halls will be upgraded to wifi during Summer 2015.

    Can I set up wifi in halls, even if it's just an ethernet connection in my room?
    Information is here.

    How do I do my laundry?

    There will be a launderette either in your hall, or in one of the neighbouring halls. They're operated by cards that you top up with cash at the machines, and it costs £2.50 to wash and £1 to dry (2011/12 prices). You'll also need to provide your own washing powder. It's expensive, but they are larger than home washing machines. You can save money by buying a clothes airer to dry some of your clothes on, or by hanging them over the bannisters, if you live in a flat.

    The launderettes look something like this

    How do I get my post? Can I order items online and have them sent to halls?
    Any smaller items that will fit through a normal sized letter box go to the postroom within your halls. There, it is put into a locked postbox that only you and your flatmates have access to. Larger items (such as eBay purchases) and anything that needs to be signed for will go to reception, which will be on your accommodation campus. In Fallowfield, this is at Owens Park, which is on your way to / from the bus stop.

    Are fire alarms frequent?
    At the beginning of the year, we were all threatened with expulsion if we set a fire alarm off deliberately. No one I know tested out whether this was a threat or a promise! Yes, there were fire alarms, but all of them were related to someone's dodgy cooking skills (bacon, usually) or an actual fire (yes, we had one!). Because people's cooking skills improved over the year, fire alarms became increasingly rare, and they were always at fairly civilised times. Essentially, they're not something to worry about.

    Can I have friends over to stay?

    Official university policy is that you shouldn't allow anyone to stay over for more than 2 nights in any 7 night period. However, university staff won't notice if someone is there for longer than that. You have to keep it to a sensible period of time, however, to avoid annoying your flatmates.

    Visiting halls

    Can I visit the halls?

    • The university runs accommodation tours around Fallowfield every Wednesday morning between November and March, along with one tour in May and another in August. You need to pre-book here.
    • There's also an accommodation open house day once a year in mid-March, where you can visit all halls on all three campuses.
    • Some halls in Fallowfield are opened up on the Open Days and tours are given. However, queues for the buses down can tend to get quite long, so do be aware that there are also some panel sessions and info stand available on the main campus (see the open day guide for more details).
    • There's very little to stop you having a wander around the outside of the accommodation on other days, although obviously you won't be able to look inside.

    I'm a postgrad. What information is available to me?
    As you've probably noticed, this guide is geared towards undergrads, which is primarily because I'm an undergrad who has no real experience of postgrad accommodation.

    However, much of the above information does apply to postgrads, and the following halls do cater for both undergrads and postgrads, though postgrads are put in separate flats: Ashburne Hall, Hulme Hall, Oak House, Opal Gardens, Weston Hall, Whitworth Park and Woolton Hall. Details of these can be found above.

    The following halls are postgrad only: George Kenyon, Opal Hall, Ronson Hall and Firs Villa. In addition, there is family accommodation available at Linton Hall and Horniman House. The only information that I have about these halls is on the university website.

    You may be interested to know that the university does employ some postgrads as tutors in undergrad halls. These tutors are responsible for pastoral care and for dealing with things like students who have locked themselves out. You live in a tutors flat, which only has other tutors and is nicer (larger!) and you get free rent in return for your work. Applications for the 2013/14 academic year closed in early May, but there will be jobs available for 2014/15. If you want to apply, please contact the accommodation office [email protected]

    Is it true that the ducks on campus are actually mutants who escaped from an experiment in the Stopford Building?
    That's classified information

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    I'm part way through turning this into a big info post on individual halls. If you have anything to contribute, then it is very welcome!

    Fallowfield Campus
    Oak House - self catered, shared bathroom, optional sink. Some of the cheapest accommodation the university owns. Flats have 8 bedrooms, and are organised over two floors. Four boys and four girls share each flat. There's one kitchen-diner and two bathrooms shared between the eight flatmates.

    Squirrels, the on site bar.

    (video from ellakrystina)

    Further photos of the exterior are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7646412168616/

    OK, so rumour has it that it was designed by a prison architect, and you can see why - the buildings aren't architecturally stunning, and the pale-green, unplastered breezeblock interiors add to the impression too. But it couldn't be any less like living in a prison - I loved my year in Oak House. Sociable, yes, but it was never so noisy that I couldn't work work or sleep when I wanted to - I found it to be a really good balance of the two. I had an epic time in Oak House, and probably the highest recommendation that I could give is that if I was to return to halls next year, then Oak House would be where I went, although this time I wouldn't bother with a washbasin.

    If you want some more factual information, then each flat is actually a maisonette, with four boys on one floor and four girls on the other. Also on each floor is a shower or bath with shower, and a loo, which the cleaner cleans twice a week. The kitchens have two ovens, 8 hob rings, cupboards, a gigantic chest freezer, a fridge and a kettle, along with a dining table and chairs. Each bedroom contains
    - a single bed, with a mattress protector
    - a large desk with three drawers
    - an office chair
    - two long wall-mounted shelves
    - wardrobe with two shelves and a clothes rail-
    - full length mirror, mounted inside the wardrobe door
    - ethernet cable
    - curtains

    There are two buildings shared between the whole hall - Carill House, which is where the cleaners hang out, where the cat lives and where you collect your post. There are also study rooms and a music practice room, and Squirrels. Squirrels contains the launderette and squash courts, and it's also the bar. It's good for watching big football & rugby matches, drinking cheap beer, and going to the free stand-up comedy every other Sunday (it's surprisingly good! Many a well-known comedian plied their trade there is the early years, including Russell Howard and Jack Whitehall) - Origami Bullets (2011-12)

    To be honest, Oak House halls are not very nice to look at. Yeah, so the rooms are tiny, the walls need painting, you can never get the temperature right and things break, a LOT, but I love it.

    There are two bathrooms, one on each floor; one for girls, one for boys. You get a cleaner coming in 2-3 times a week and a new shower curtain weekly. The girls’ bathroom has a bath in it, whereas the boys only have a shower.
    The bedrooms look like prison cells, and the beds aren’t even big enough to be classed as a full size single (note from the editor: they are actually a full size single, so you can use normal bedding!). Bring a bin with you because you won’t get one, and I’d recommend bringing a little mirror for your desk too, because they’re mounted on the inside of your wardrobe. I wouldn’t personally bother with a sink (£11 a week?! I think not!), and you only get one double plug socket in your room so bring extension cables.

    Each kitchen has two cookers, two fridge freezers, a microwave, a kettle and about 8 double cupboards. The living room part has three “sofa seats” (like the ones you’d always see in the headteachers office at primary school!), and a table – usually with six chairs around it. Convenient for an 8 person flat! Not.

    The Fallowfield campus in general is great – sociable, but not too noisy. The laundry room is always packed (go at night!), Squirrels is useless (you will never step foot in there after freshers week) and you’ll soon begin to resent the (three minute) walk to the bus stop in the pouring rain. But, it’s meant to be the most sociable halls, and according to my friends, it definitely is! Plus, it’s HUGE so chances are, if you put it as an option, that’s where you’re going! -awkwardusername (2013-14).

    Sheavyn House - self catered, en suite. Shares some facilities with Ashburne Hall , (e.g. the small library) which is just next door. Unusually for a self catered residence, it has common rooms in addition to the kitchen / diners that act as social spaces in most self catered halls. Each flat contains 9 or 10 people.

    Photos from fretter778

    Pics from vikkigos (2014/15)

    Common Room

    The view from Wilmslow Road - picture from vikkigos

    Ashburne is the older looking one on the left, Sheavyn is the newer looking one on the right.

    More pictures are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7635131171614/

    Sheavyn House is located in a nice green area of the Fallowfield campus with lots of trees and grass to sit on when the weather’s nice, meaning if you’re in rooms 7-10 you get a really nice (but possibly distracting in summer) view. Being in Fallowfield, it’s quite lively and social but doesn’t have the same ‘party all the time’ reputation that Oak House or Owen’s Park have developed. How social your flatmates are is luck of the draw I guess. Some flats are really lively all the time but others such as mine are a lot quieter (which suits me fine). Like in any halls, even if you don’t go out with your flat much, there’s always people from societies/course/other flats e.t.c. *Insert cliché comment here about how uni is what you make of it*

    There are 24 flats (if I counted correctly) in 3 blocks, which each flat having 10 rooms and one kitchen. They’re really big, split in to the cooking area and the dining/social area with tables and chairs. You get 2 cookers meaning 8 hobs, 2 ovens and 2 grills. You’re also provided with 2 kettles but no toaster, however if you’re lucky a flatmate will bring one with them or you can just split the cost and buy one. The kitchens in block 1 were refurbished last summer (2011), and I assume block 2 will be done this summer (2012) with block 3 the summer after that. Refurbished or not, the kitchens are nice and functional.

    Rooms are very spacious with a desk the entire width of the room, 4 shelves, a large wardrobe,a decent sized cupboard and a chest of drawers. I’ve managed to have 3 people sleeping on the floor with room to spare for all their bags and things.The en suite is great. You get a toilet, a sink, a mirror, a really powerful hot shower and a cupboard with 4 shelves in it. It’s big enough to be really functional but small enough that it takes no time at all to clean it, I’d say 15-20 minutes if you’re being really thorough.

    Sheavyn has its own common room in block 1, though apart from people living near by I’m not sure how many people actually use it. There’s also the laundry room where it’s £2.50 a wash and £1 a dry. You can also gain access to Ashburne Hall, which is where your mailbox is. In Ashburne there’s also another common room, a music practise room, a library (fantastic if you want a quiet place to work but can’t be bothered to go on campus) and you can also buy the meals that the Ashburne residents are having that night if you don’t feel like cooking - fretter778 (2011-12)

    Owens Park - catered, shared bathroom, 1050 residents, and known to everyone as OP. It has a reputation for being the party halls, much like a catered version of Oak House, particularly in Tower. However, that doesn't mean you can't still get your work done - I know plenty of people who have stayed in OP (including Tower) and still done very well in their first year. Oh, and the rumours of a 35% drop out rate in Tower aren't actually true either!

    There's also a bar (the imaginatively named OP Bar), which serves the standard cheap beer and questionable cocktails.

    Tower bedroom

    Bedroom in the Tower (photo from bethwhitehouse)

    Wardrobe / cupboard combo in a Tower bedroom (photo from bethwhitehouse)

    (photo from bethwhitehouse)

    Corridor in the Tower, complete with flyers for club nights! (photo from bethwhitehouse)

    Bathroom in the Tower (photo from bethwhitehouse)

    Bathroom in the Tower (photo from bethwhitehouse)

    Shared loo in the Tower (photo from bethwhitehouse)

    OP Bar, which also doubles as one of the three dining rooms. Serves cheap pints and noxious-looking cocktails such as the 'green monster'

    Some older photos, from c.2004.

    The infamous OP Tower. For those of you worried that the council block aura might not continue inside, I promise you that it does (although residents do refrain from relieving themselves in the lifts). It's known for the Tower Challenge, where people must drink a shot of 40% spirits on each of the 18 floors (I'm not sure I'd recommend it personally, but there you go).

    If I was going to be pretentious, I'd call this OP Quad. In reality, it's the concrete square around which all the blocks of OP are centred. The archway you can see towards the right of the photo is the way out to the buses, and OP Reception.

    More photos are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7646054040069/ and https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7635124315189/


    Just wanted to put a quick message on about the UoM accommodation, The Tower in Owens Park. I am just finishing my first year and have lived in tower . Before coming to Manchester, I read a lot of negative feedback about the Tower which I really worried about, so just wanted to add a comment and photos of my experience, as I also found it very hard to find pictures of the rooms.

    When receiving your accommodation offer, you don't really get much information, just a number. If you are in the tower your number will begin with a 'T'. For example- T1.02.22

    T1 (tower one, which refers to the first two floors of the tower). 02 (which means the second floor). 22 (your personal room number).

    There is no accommodation on the first floor, as this is used by the cleaners and for storage. There are students from floors 2-18.

    You will share a big common room with your own floor and the floor above/below. Between the two floors you are given a floor tutor, who also lives on one of the two floors. These are usually post grad students who are studying towards a PHD, so you very rarely see them. They do lock the common room at 11pm each night, however, usually they are lenient and will let you keep it open as long as you keep the noise down.

    The floor is split into 4 corridors, in the shape of a 'H'. There are two corridors of 6 on one side, and two corridors of 6 on the other side. These are single sex, so there are 12 girls in one side of the tower and the boys on the other. Just a note to add, you are not next to the number chronologically before you. EG room 24 is next to 16. I will take a picture of the floor plan and add it later.

    Each side has its own kitchen and bathroom, so it is one kitchen and bathroom between 12 boys or 12 girls. I won't lie, the kitchen is small, there are two hobs and one oven, one microwave, one kettle, two fridges and a freezer.

    Its manageable but obviously not ideal, but this is never much of a problem as Owens Park is catered accommodation. This means you are provided with Breakfast (7.15am-9.15am). Breakfast is nice, you can have a full english every day, there are fresh pastries every morning, a wide variety of cereals, porridge, fresh fruit, fruit juices, milk, tea, coffee, hot chocolate. Its the same every day, with small changes such as the type of pastries ect.

    You also get food for dinner (5.15pm-7.15pm) the menu changes every five weeks. The food is average, but there is a salad bar every meal and there is a wide variety. The quality is obviously not michellin star restaurant quality but more similar to school dinners. We often moan about it but to be honest if I was in non catered halls I wouldn't have the wide variety of food I get now.

    I didn't want to be catered but if I could pick again I would still choose the tower. The good thing also is you don't have to worry about money for food, you can spend it all on alcohol like I did! You only get breakfast and dinner monday-friday and on weekends you have to make your own food every meal. You also don't get your lunch provided but you can steal bread and jam/chocolate spread sachets from breakfast if you really need.

    I love the meal times in the tower, its a very sociable time and you all get to sit down and have a meal cooked for you so and you can sit and chat. The food was something I was dreading before moving in but it is honestly nothing to worry about at all. Here is a link to the current menu but it may change for next year: http://media.stars.manchester.ac.uk/files/accommodation/All%20Menus%20Sept%202013.pdf

    Many people also dread the shared bathroom facilities. DO NOT WORRY. There are three showers and two toilets between 12 girls or 12 boys. In the past 9 months I have only not been able to have a shower when I wanted about two times, and you may be horrified about the whole 'number 2' issue but after a week everyone gets over it. (There is also a private cubicle toilet on floor 2 if your really that bothered) The only issue that you have regarding the bathroom is people pinching your shampoo but that can be easily avoided.

    The bedrooms are big, you get a desk, a swingy chair, a massive pin board, a big wardrobe, a single bed, a sink with a mirror above. Its very easy to personalise yourself and it really isn't like a prison cell like oak house rooms (no offence). The wardrobes are really big, and it comes with 5 drawers inbuilt. The wall isn't breeze block which I was most chuffed about.

    There are cleaners that come in around two or three times a week to replace toilet rolls and soap, clean the kitchen and bathroom. They don't take bin bags out for you and always try fine you for everything. They fine you if any bin bag is left more than a day, if you have any washing up, but most the time its just a threat really. We've been told almost every week we were going to be fined but if you clean up your mess within a reasonable amount of time they let you off.

    Each tower block (two floors) has one hoover, which is kept by the tutor but its often hard to get it off of them. If you can bring your own cheap small one and keep it under your bed. I brought one and left it in the supply cupboard but it got nicked. The only problem with the tower is that once you're in you can get to any bathroom/kitchen/floor you want, so it could have been anyone. Don't worry about security, there are policemen there all the time.

    All in all I have absolutely loved my time in the tower, I love all the people I live with and have had such fun. Don't worry about the fire alarm, its hardly been going off this year, only about two or three times unintentionally since September.

    aIts a really fun lively place to live, the noise can be a bit loud at times from people messing around and doing the tower challenge but this all stops around exam times really and it doesn't happen often. Don't worry if you get put in the tower, Ive been so happy there, and since there are 24 people on the floor you are bound to get along with someone, and there always something going on.

    If you want anymore advice or have any questions please get in touch.
    - bethwhitehouse (2013/14)

    Ashburne Hall - catered, shared bathroom and some of the biggest rooms in Fallowfield. The undergraduate part is mostly all female (hence the nickname "Gashburne"), but there's a mixed postgrad block and a few male undergrads.

    Bathrooms contain two showers, two loos and two sinks, and are shared between 10. The kitchens are tiny and contain a microwave, a couple of hob rings and a fridge. There are common rooms dotted around Ashburne, which often contain a TV and / or a piano. It's also got its own small library, which functions as a place to study quietly.

    Ashburne is the older looking one on the left, Sheavyn is the newer looking one on the right.

    More photos are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7635124142303/

    Richmond Park - self-catered, en suite. Some of the newest accommodation that the university has to offer, it tends to have slightly plusher fittings & fixtures than some of the other halls, but it is more expensive. For those of you who like trivia, it is built on the site where the 1893 FA Cup Final was played (Fallowfield Stadium)! It's also some of the most oversubscribed accommodation at Manchester, with 4-5 applications per place.


    Photo courtesy of Lucy.Jane

    Photo courtesy of Lucy.Jane

    More photos are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7646453219861/

    Woolton Hall - catered, with the option of shared bathroom or en suite. The corridors each contain 15 people, and if you have a shared bathroom you will have 3 loos, 3 basins and 3 showers between you, all in one large room, but with cubicles. You will also have a rather pokey kitchen between the 15 of you, with a Baby Belling to cook on. Bedrooms are relatively large, but there are no common rooms (with the exception of the TV room and bar) so people have to congregate in bedrooms. It's the most popular catered accommodation at Manchester, with 2-3 applications per place.

    There's also a bar on site, right next to the dining hall, but it's quite a small bar.

    Communal area

    More photos are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7635124934287/

    Allen Hall - catered, shared bathroom. One of the smaller halls (120 residents) it's slightly cut off from other Fallowfield halls, as it's just the other side of MMU's Hollings Campus (the building that looks like a toast rack).

    It hasn't been in use since 2011/12 and there are no immediate plans to reopen it (it won't be opening for 2014/15, but beyond that no one knows).

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    Victoria Park
    Dalton-Ellis Hall - catered, and with the choice of en suite, shared bathroom, or shared bathroom with a basin in your room. It's arranged over several blocks of varying age, with green spaces between the blocks.


    (All photos above from llama-beans; click on the picture for a full size version)

    Some photos from c. 2004

    Common Room

    More photos are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7646053826719/

    For starters, the blocks are arranged in corridors, with 3-4 showers/toilets/baths on each floor (so shared with about 20 people). That might sound like a pretty poor ratio but nobody ever had to wait to use them. The facilities are cleaned 2-3 times a week, so are pretty tidy. The showers are a bit crap, though (on the chilly side).

    The rooms themselves vary greatly in size. I was in a corner room (which was huge!) but most rooms are your standard halls prison cell.

    Kitchens, at least in my block, were dire. There were two on each floor, each containing a fridge, microwave, toaster, and crappy electric oven thing (which was useless, and only one of them worked.) One of the kitchens had a freezer. In terms of food quality, it was alright but nothing special. Kitchen staff had a reputation for being very stingy and bad tempered. Have a look at the Rants, Raves and Cravings page for some more up-to-date info because I know they have made some changes this year. Biggest improvement from what I can see is meal times (DE has the best, I think) with breakfast and dinner Mon-Sat and brunch and dinner on Sundays.

    Other facilities of the hall are pretty standard: 2 laundry rooms, post room, bike shed, bar (don't know if it's still open because it got broken into/abused a lot when I was there), library, music rooms with pianos and drum kits etc. There was, apparently, a communal block but it was closed the whole year I was there. There is one block of en-suite rooms and one male only block. Dalton-Ellis also has a squash court thing and tennis courts, as well as lots of nice grassy areas to sit out on.

    As for the people in DE, they were mostly either international students (most of whom prefer to be by themselves or with people of their own nationality, but there are, of course, exceptions) or people straight out of posh London boarding schools (which, if you can't afford takeaways/going out/£80 shoes every week because your loan barely covers the extortionate halls fees (and you can't just ask Daddy for more money), can leave you feeling a little left out).

    That said, your halls experience is always what you make of it, and if you're unhappy you can change around October. - llama-beans (2010-11)

    Hulme Hall (shared bathroom, own basin, catered) and
    Burkhardt House
    (self catered, en suite).
    Hulme Hall is an older, more traditional hall of residence. Some of the blocks are older (e.g. Houldworth is listed) and some are more modern. Some of the blocks (not Houldsworth) have recently been refurbished.

    Burkhardt Hall is Hulme's sister hall, located on the same site. It shares many of the same facilities, but it's self catered en suite.

    Hulme Hall and Burkhardt are situated in the same area of Victoria Park. The halls are lively with an active JCR (Junior Common Room) who run events throughout the year. We have a small on site gym, a brand new MUGA (multi-use games area), a bar, snooker room, squash courts and table tennis room. We have regular comedy nights, open mic nights, BOP's, nights out and we have sports teams for Football, Rugby, Netball and Mixed 5-a-side football. We also have a pool league and also often run poker nights where members of other halls also come along and get involved. Freshers week is always an absolute blast of course as it is in other halls. The staff are all really friendly and everyone is highly approachable. Hulme Hall & Burkhardt really does have a community feel, with a large mixture of Home, EU and International students.

    It's a really good atmosphere if you like to have a mix of partying and studying as it's located very close to both Fallowfield and Deansgate for nights out, but is also in a quieter area so you can relax if you want to. Hulme Hall & Burkhardt also uphold the tradition of a formal dinner once a month where we wear gowns. This is a 3 course sit down meal which is included in the cost of rent for Hulme Hall and is an optional extra for Burkhardt, costing only £5 for them, they are encouraged to come to these meals to further strengthen the community feel within this hall. There are also many grassy areas at Hulme which a brilliant to sit around on and relax with friends, or to revise outdoors during the summer months. We hold an annual formal ball and also an informal ball which is basically a massive BBQ, inflatables and music outdoors.

    Hulme Hall is a catered halls of residence and has shared bathrooms, rooms are along corridors and not arranged into separate flats. It consists of Houldsworth, Christie, Plymouth, Birley, Greenwood and Oaklands blocks. Some are newer than others and Christie and Oaklands were refurbished this year (2012). All rooms are around the same size, although Houldsworth used to be dual occupancy so the rooms are larger although still only contain the same furniture as other room, desk, bookcase, chest or drawers, wardrobe and single bed.

    Burkhardt is self-catered and en-suite. The rooms are of an average size, the same size as Hulme Halls and every room contains an en-suite with toilet, shower and sink, the room itself contains a bed, wardrobe and desk with a storage cupboard. There are around 8 people to a flat who share a kitchen and living/dining room. There are 4 blocks of flats, each with Ground through to 3rd floors, each floor has 2 flats on.

    I hope this helps people making their decisions! It really is a great place, it has such an amazing community feel, great location and brilliant events run throughout the year - jengrim (2011-12)

    Photos of Burkhardt House

    More photos are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7635242870950/

    Photos of Hulme Hall

    Some older photos, from c. 2004.

    More photos are available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7646053898219/

    Map of Burkhardt and Hulme Halls

    Canterbury Court - self catered, en suite.

    St Anselm's Hall - catered, shared bathroom, with an optional sink in your room. Reputed to be the last all-male halls of residence in the UK, it has a very high rate of people staying there beyond their first year - so it must have something going for it! Known as 'Slems to its residents.

    St Gabriel's Hall - catered, shared bathroom or en suite. Manchester's only all-female hall, and relatively small with 100 bedrooms, it's one of those places that's like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. It was once described to me as being a bit like a weird all-girl's boarding school by someone who was allocated that hall and got out as fast as she could, but on the other hand I know people who have chosen to stay for more than one year.

    Communal kitchen - Gabs has unusually good kitchens for a catered hall

    Victoria Hall - self catered, en suite, with options to upgrade to a 'deluxe' room. Victoria Hall is owned by a private company but let through the university. It used to be that you had to pay extra for internet, but now 10mbps internet is included, but you can pay to upgrade to something faster.

    There are various 360 degree views available here http://manchester-ubs.victoriahall.com/virtual-tour/

    Opal Gardens - OG will accept its first undergrad students in 2013/14. Self catered, en suite. Flats are fairly small - most have 4 people in, but this can range from 2 to 6.

    Some fairly ancient photos, from c.2004.

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    City Campus
    Weston Hall - en suite, self catered, and owned by Opal (a private company), but rented through the university. Located on Charles St, North Campus, so it's convenient for some science foundation & engineering courses, but it's a 0.7 mile (15 minute) walk away from the middle of main campus.

    Photos from c. 2004

    Common Room

    I can tell you right now to avoid Weston Hall. Its only pros are that it's between Uni and the city centre, and the rooms are en suite. The cons are it's usually packed with foreign students who don't speak much English, or will speak their native language all the time with their mates. Also all the flats have separate security doors so you're confined to getting on with the 7 people in your flat. And guess what if 4 of them are Malaysian, and speak solely Malaysian to one another, you're in for a lonely year Also when I went it was like £111 a week, which is a complete rip off - Artymess

    Whitworth Park - Self catered, shared bathroom, and at the south end of the main campus. The buildings look an awful lot like toblerones! All ground floor flats are all male, but other flats are mixed.

    The Basics

    City Campus
    1000+ students
    Self Catered
    Shared Bathroom
    The Reception is Grove House, contains all the admin people,cleaning staff, postboxes and leads off to the bar and laundry room.
    Gym which is a one off payment of £9
    The Grovel (halls bar)
    Laundry room (£2.50 for a wash and £1 for a dry)
    Squash court
    Computer Cluster
    Music Room (Drum Kit and Piano)
    A rather strange outdoor pit which is is used for football, cricket and other informal sports matches.

    How far is it from X building/Clubs/City Centre/Fallowfield?
    For buildings, it depends where you are on campus, if you're looking for the library, The Stopford Building (Medicine and Life Sciences) or Samuel Alexander (Humanities) you will be there in under two minutes. I'd say generally it takes no longer than 10 minutes to any of the buildings on the main campus. Twenty minute walk for those on North Campus (Science and Engineering) or you can get a free bus down there which takes about five.
    It's about a ten minute bus journey in each direction to Fallowfield and the City Centre and you can walk in about half an hour.
    For clubs it can vary, although anywhere from 5 minutes (Jabez Clegg, Deaf Institute, Zoo..) 15 (Princess Street, Canal Street) to half an hour (Printworks,Deansgate,Northern Quarter) are good estimates for walking distance. I'd recommend a taxi or bus for anywhere past Princess Street personally.

    A note that transport in Manchester is pretty darn brilliant no matter where you want to go. Buses run pretty much every two minutes during the day and maybe every half an hour at night. Black cabs are also everywhere and all options of transport are pretty reasonably priced.

    What does my room code mean?!
    It goes Building.Flat Type.Flat Number.Room Number - foor example mine was GA.02.28.204 --> Garstang.Flat Type 2.Flat 28.Room 204. Whitworth Park doesn't have floors as such, There is simply a ground and a first floor, then all the flats are slotted weirdly within it (I don't think anyone has worked it out!) Ground floor flats are all on one level, '01' flats mean they go 'downwards' over two floors '02' means they go 'up' over three. If you're in an 01 flat, your kitchen and living room are separate (and unfortunately your kitchen probably won't have a window!) if you're in an 02 your kitchen and common room are together. The only building where this is an exception is Throncliffe, although I have only been in there once so I can't tell you how it works! The layout business is pretty irrelevant, but alot of people ask.

    Here are the codes for each of the buildings:

    TH=Thorncliffe (basins)
    BU= Burleigh
    AC=Accomb (postgrad only) (basins)
    LE=Leamington (postgrad only) (basins)

    How many people live in a flat?

    Either 7,8 or 9. I believe it's 8 for the ground floor, 7 for the '02' flats and 9 for the '01.' You will share two toilets and two showers and either 3 or 4 sinks in each flat. I believe Thorncliffe has 3 toilets though?

    Are the flats mixed sex? Is it true only boys live on the ground floor? What does single sex areas mean?!

    I believe most of the flats in Whitworth park are now mixed sex, at least last year they were and I only went in one all girls flat.
    All the ground floor flats are male only for apparent security reasons (fear not WP is perfectly safe!)
    The single sex areas I guess refers to the ground floor business, boys and girls share bathrooms in the mixed flats so it's not like in Oak House where girls and guys are on a separate floor within the flat.

    Help I'm on the ground floor! Will I ever see a girl again?!
    You will meet plenty of girls during your time at Whitworth, fear not! Girls are forever walking round the grounds and when you make friends I'm sure there will be plenty coming in and out of flat all the time. Last year, loads of the guys held pre drinks and parties in their flats and they usually became the main social hubs, especially as people gathered outside to meet each other before going out.
    I think some guys liked them because it meant they could walk round in their boxers,play FIFA and have Star Wars movie marathons without the interruptions of girls :P:

    I've seen that Youtube video, it looks like a prison!

    Standard WP response: It's Accomb only a few postgrads live there don't worry! :P

    No, in all honesty, Whitworth most certainly is not the most aesthetically pleasing halls! The walls aren't plastered, the corridors boast a nice bit of exposed black piping and the numbers on the doors are in the stereotypical prison font. The only thing you can do is make it more homely and get all your possessions in, which makes it look slightly better. Alot of the kitchens are new which makes it a bit nicer I guess. It's pretty comfortable to live in though so by the end of the year the breeze blocks just became the butt of the jokes.

    What will my room be like?
    The buildings are shaped like toblerones so room size can be a bit of a lottery, if you're in one of the roof rooms they're actually a fairly decent size, but the majority are on the small side. I was in the smallest room in my flat and it was still enough for me to do exercise DVDs in and I managed to fit 4 or 5 people in there for movie marathons.

    In terms of what comes with the room:
    A single bed, looks a bit like a camp bed but the mattress is fairly comfortable
    Large Desk with three drawers either side
    A desk chair
    A wardrobe with a built in mirror (starts at the knees but if you stand back it's pretty much full length and I'm 5'10!)
    4 Plug points
    An ethernet socket (+ a cable is provided in your welcome pack, although I'd recommend bringing a spare)
    A Bin (although this was only provided half way through first term, not sure if they will do it this year)
    A smaller mirror on the wall which you can just about see your face and neck in
    A basin if you're in Throncliffe,Leamington or Accomb.

    I'm a social person, I hear Whitworth is dull...

    Your social life is what YOU make of it. It is something I cannot stress enough and must be applied to every hall at every university. Yes, living somewhere like Owens Park or Oak House which has the renowned social reputation probably can make things a little easier, but as this post is mainly addressed to those who received WP against their will I believe my first point cannot be stressed enough. If you want to go out and meet people you will, freshers gives a great opportunity to get involved so do! Join the facebook group to meet people in your building/flat and maybe arrange things beforehand or head to the halls bar. There is usually lots of people hanging outside the flats at night during Freshers too so just get to know people!
    Occasionally flatmates in Whitworth can be a bit of a disappointment (I'm one of those) but by reading week I didn't care as I had enough people to hang out with in other flats plus the flat next door was so sociable and contained all of my now best friends, if anything it brings people together and you get to know alot of people outside your flat and building. I can't compare WP to other halls in terms of 'socialness' because I have lived nowhere else and don't believe I am qualified to do so simply based on a few nights out I've had at other halls or what others have told me, it had its quiet times but if my friends and I wanted to do something we just would.

    Still not convinced?
    The Grovel and the Residents Association (RA for short, elected officials who organise all the non admin and maintenance side of WP) hold many events throughout the year, off the top of my head, we had the following:

    Freshers Week (obvs)
    BBQ nights for each building to meet each other, drink + food subsidised.
    Bar Crawls, usually The Grovel-->Font--> 5th Avenue/BOP on a Friday (The two most popular student venues, fun, but BOP is a little Marmite unless you're drunk!)
    Whitfest (end of year festival with bouncy castles,bands & DJS, free food, buy one get one free drinks and then a free ticket to whichever popular student night it's held on)
    Buy one get on free bar nights usually once or twice a term.
    Pool Tournaments
    Movie Nights (usually a Sunday)
    Pub Quiz

    WP has a great RA, so the more you get involved and participate there's a strong chance there will be alot more of these events!

    OK, turns out I did choose Whitworth Park because it was quiet, I prefer to study and don't drink

    You will be fine then, it has a good balance which means you can both work and play, you will probably get the standard noise Thursday to Saturday between 9 and 11:30 from pre drinks but this will not happen during exam period as everyone else will have exams and tutors enforce rules with noise levels. You'll probably meet like minded people and as the flats are so mixed you shouldn't have a problem.

    Is it full of international and mature students?!
    Heh, yes it's a popular choice for both. I'd say it's about 50:50 and you will probably have somewhere between 1 and 4 in your flat. They either integrate or they don't, there really isn't much you can do other than try with them or just leave it (I would recommend introducing yourself though, some of them are really nice but others will just blank you, you won't know until you try!) Whitworth is huge so it really isn't that noticeable when you get your friends, it's also popular with exchange students who stay for the semester, we had alot of Americans who were great fun but also some Eastern Europeans and Chinese who prefered to keep to themselves.

    Some Photos...

    Some of these are pretty rubbish I'm afraid!

    ...and finally! Some random WP facts

    Brian Cox lived there during his first year
    Friedrich Engels lived on the site which is now Aberdeen (It boasts a blue plaque!)
    There are several cats on the site, some of which are there for mice, others like 'Felix' who had just been adopted by everyone and often spent the night in people flats (There was a large protest by residents when the staff tried to remove him, I believe one flat locked him in a room for a few days and gave him food and water and let him sleep on their beds, I don't endorse this though personally!
    Mysterious ducks also appeared towards the end of the year, apparently to nest, but we know what they were really planning...

    Thanks for the help, but I still hate Whitworth Park! I want to live in Fallowfield or I want an ensuite.

    The best you can do is apply for a transfer in October then! I believe this is all sorted out in Uni Place (The building which ressembles a tin can)

    ALSOOO one final point when it comes to facebook groups, the official whitworth park 2012/2013 group is here. DO NOT join or add any others! They are set up by PR companies who will just fill your wall and the groups up with spam to certain events. There is also a list of named and shamed for doing this but I won't post it here as it might not be allowed. Also, I'd reccommend only buying the halls freshers package which is is available in the group, again all the others are rip offs set up by silly PR companies!

    OK, that was a little longer than expected...
    - tillytots (2011-12)

    I'm in whitworth park now which is on the outskirts of city centre, it's pretty sociable in my building but we were lucky. In terms of location it's great, 5 minute walk to the union, 25 minute walk to sackville street campus and just over that to town. The trouble is there are mice which they've said they can't sort out, and some of the staff are a nightmare. We have a cleaner who comes in three times a week and sits in our kitchen with her shoes off listening to her ipod for over an hour, and this morning workmen came and knocked on my bedroom door at 8.25am during the holidays to tell me they were fitting new windows on monday. If you don't really care about getting much sleep, don't mind all the international students and quite like having parties til late though it is pretty good, because security don't tell you to be quiet until at least 3am, usually later
    - florencebunny (2012-13)

    Thanks to ellakrystina for finding this video!

    The following photos are from EllieJelly96

    Wright Robinson
    - self catered, shared bathroom, with a basin in every room. It's on North Campus, so it's convenient for those doing some science foundation and engineering subjects, but it takes about 20 minutes to walk to the middle of main campus.

    Denmark Road - self catered, en suite.
    Denmark Road was first leased by the university, from Sanctuary, for 2014/15. UoM students currently only occupy part of the building, but there are plans to lease more sections of the building in future.

    Denmark Road is located very close to Whitworth Park halls, and it is very popular with students.

    Do be aware that whilst you can book a place at Denmark Road directly with Sanctuary Students (as opposed to via the uni's accommodation application system), this has a number of disadvantages
    - you're not living exclusively with other UoM students - you could be placed with a funny mixture of MMU students, RNCM students, older students and so on.
    - you won't have the pastoral care that uni provides to students in its own halls
    - the terms will be far less favourable if you drop out (Sanctuary will make you pay for the rest of the year; UoM would only make you pay for 28 days)
    - you can't move halls, whereas you can move to any other UoM hall if you go via UoM

    More info and pics at http://www.sanctuary-students.com/denmark-road and https://www.flickr.com/photos/989007...7646411340956/

    Ronson Hall - self catered, shared bathroom. No longer listed as being available on the university accommodation website - I suspect it's due to be demolished.

    Grosvenor Place - self catered, shared bathroom. Due for demolition and so not available for 2014/15 onwards.

    The Aquatics Centre is the building to the left of this photo.

    Some older photos, from c. 2004.

    Grosvenor St Building - self catered, shared bathroom. Like Grosvenor Place, it is very conveniently located for the Aquatics Centre & Sugden Centre (gym). Due for demolition and so not available for 2014/15 onwards.

    Photos from c. 2004

    Bowden Court - self catered, shared bathroom. Relatively conveniently located for both north and main campus, it takes about a ten minute walk to the middle of both North and Main Campuses. Due for demolition and so not available for 2014/15 onwards.

    Photos from c. 2004.

    Common Room


    "Please define 'Oxbridge type' first though?! Honestly you get a real mix of people at Oxbridge, at Manchester, and in Ashburne. When I was referring to it being like an Oxbridge college, I was only thinking of the aesthetics of the place!"

    I know you get a mix of people.. I think I'm worried that it's going to be full of rich posh people! ( I'm neither!) Whereas the other halls will be where people who I see as more like myself will be. I'm not a concerts and cheese and wine type person, and they're the only pictures of it I seem to be able to find! I can't even find any pictures of the corridors, and it's the one hall I didn't look round on accomodation open day as I knew I didn't want catered! Just looking for a bit of reassurance, and hoping that if I really don't like it I'll be able to move!
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    (Original post by roddyframe)
    "Please define 'Oxbridge type' first though?! Honestly you get a real mix of people at Oxbridge, at Manchester, and in Ashburne. When I was referring to it being like an Oxbridge college, I was only thinking of the aesthetics of the place!"

    I know you get a mix of people.. I think I'm worried that it's going to be full of rich posh people! ( I'm neither!) Whereas the other halls will be where people who I see as more like myself will be. I'm not a concerts and cheese and wine type person, and they're the only pictures of it I seem to be able to find! I can't even find any pictures of the corridors, and it's the one hall I didn't look round on accomodation open day as I knew I didn't want catered! Just looking for a bit of reassurance, and hoping that if I really don't like it I'll be able to move!
    I'll send you a PM in a moment

    hi i want to call manchester accommodation office/team if they still have extra/spare rooms as i am an adjustment student and will be coming to the uni, so should i call their accommodation contact number? or should i contact the general accommodation number or the individual numbers of each accommodation site (vic park, fallowfield, city)?
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    (Original post by thelawstudent)
    hi i want to call manchester accommodation office/team if they still have extra/spare rooms as i am an adjustment student and will be coming to the uni, so should i call their accommodation contact number? or should i contact the general accommodation number or the individual numbers of each accommodation site (vic park, fallowfield, city)?
    You're guaranteed accommodation, so long as you apply by 31st August, so you just need to fill in an application at http://www.accommodation.manchester....cations-online

    Heya are there any girls in Richmond Park or sheavyn who want to swap for a room in Oakhouse?
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    Hi, accommodation offers are being handed out now in batches; if you haven't heard by Thursday then give them an email to find out what's happening [email protected]

    I've been given an offer for Whitworth Park but have REALLY had my heart set on living in Fallowfield .... I've emailed them and asked if it's possible to change, has anyone heard of this happening before term starts/ anything more I can do?
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    (Original post by sully1993)
    I've been given an offer for Whitworth Park but have REALLY had my heart set on living in Fallowfield .... I've emailed them and asked if it's possible to change, has anyone heard of this happening before term starts/ anything more I can do?
    If you could find someone to swap with (maybe via the facebook groups?) then the accommodation office would probably allow you to.

    Otherwise, you'll probably have to wait until they start allowing accommodation swaps, which is about 6 weeks after term starts.

    Best thing to do though is to see if you like WP - I know tillytots (another member on here) enjoyed her time there - before you actually decide to change.


    my place at manchester through adjustment has been confirmed through ucas with a confirmation letter arriving shortly. however, i now need to apply for accommodation online, but i do not have a personal ID number required for the online application. what should i do now? should i call up admissions/accommodation/ucas etc?
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    (Original post by thelawstudent)

    my place at manchester through adjustment has been confirmed through ucas with a confirmation letter arriving shortly. however, i now need to apply for accommodation online, but i do not have a personal ID number required for the online application. what should i do now? should i call up admissions/accommodation/ucas etc?
    The number you are looking for is 7 digits long, and probably starts with a 7 (although it might start with an 8), e.g. 7399275. If you've had any written / email communication from the uni, then it should be contained within there. If you haven't / it's not there, then phone your academic department . . . if you can't get through to them then ring accommodation.

    (Original post by sully1993)
    I've been given an offer for Whitworth Park but have REALLY had my heart set on living in Fallowfield .... I've emailed them and asked if it's possible to change, has anyone heard of this happening before term starts/ anything more I can do?
    I phoned them today and emailed yesterday. They were very nice, but said the only Fallowfield rooms left were in Oak ( which I don't want) and Ashburne ( which is what I have been allocated )If you're prepared to go there they might be able to help. She did say they had hundreds of emails to look at. Otherwise they told me to just try it first and then see if I wanted to change.

    But if anyone in Richmond, Sheavyn or Canterbury wants to swop for a room in Ashburne with a washbasin and a lovely view, catered, then let me know!

    I got my offer for Owens Park (T1.02.12)

    I didn't really plan to go catered so I'm a little bit worried right now about the food.
    Not so much about the quality,I know that catered food at uni's isn't really the best,but about the quantity.
    The thing is that I eat a lot,probably as much as 2 normal males(I'm not fat though )

    I wonder can you get more than one portion for dinner?

    Also,what about storing bikes at Owens Park?


    where are all those reviews about each hall that were posted in the old thread??
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    (Original post by Black-Adder)
    I got my offer for Owens Park (T1.02.12)

    I didn't really plan to go catered so I'm a little bit worried right now about the food.
    Not so much about the quality,I know that catered food at uni's isn't really the best,but about the quantity.
    The thing is that I eat a lot,probably as much as 2 normal males(I'm not fat though )

    I wonder can you get more than one portion for dinner?

    Also,what about storing bikes at Owens Park?


    where are all those reviews about each hall that were posted in the old thread??
    Not sure about the multiple portion thing, but there are bike sheds dotted around Fallowfield campus. You pay £15 (non-refundable) for a key, which gets you access for a whole year. They can tend to get a little crowded though, particularly towards the end of the year.

    The reviews are in posts #2 #3 and #4 in this thread (I presume this is what you're referring to)

    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    Not sure about the multiple portion thing, but there are bike sheds dotted around Fallowfield campus. You pay £15 (non-refundable) for a key, which gets you access for a whole year. They can tend to get a little crowded though, particularly towards the end of the year.

    The reviews are in posts #2 #3 and #4 in this thread (I presume this is what you're referring to)
    thanks for a quick reply

    I can only see pictures in these posts. I remember that there were detailed reviews before

    EDIT: sorry,there are reviews,only nothing about Owens Park

    I too got an offer for Owens Park, but I'd much rather have a self catered residency. Is there anyway we can get another offer? I was about to reject my offer but apparently this would mean I no longer require University accommodation. Is there anyone I can email or talk to about this?
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