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    I just want to get a general picture of what living in uni is like and how people find it. I generally need my own space so it kind of scares me a little :bawling:

    please give uni, room size, no. of people ect..
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    I'm at Northumbria University living in Camden Court halls. The room size is pretty decent, enough to fit all of my stuff from home in though it's not massive and when it's untidy it does feel small. The desk is massive though and lots of space under the desk too, as well as big drawers and space at the end of the bed. I have an en-suite which is a reasonable size, obviously small but there is enough space to sit on the toilet, stand at the sink and use the shower without feeling squashed or cramped. I have 5 flatmates who all have similar rooms and we share a kitchen which is actually a pretty decent size. We have a big fridge/freezer and then an additional fridge between us, plenty of cupboard space, two sinks, a table with 6 chairs and another 6 'lounge chairs' near the big windows which are basically lower down chairs with a cushioned back.

    Accommodation does vary though, I know some people have better rooms and kitchens than me but others have worse. I'd strongly recommend looking around the accommodation you intend to apply for so that you can see what it's like.

    Also even though you're in a flat with other people you will always have your own bedroom if you want to be on your own sometimes. Very few universities have twin rooms where you have a roomate as well as flatmates but it is very rare and you don't have to accept accommodation you're not happy with. I've only heard of one university doing it anyway and I think that was Aberystwyth, though they have single rooms too.
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    Second year, Manchester, shared house. 7 people in my house.

    Room is big enough for a double bed, desk, chair, spur shelving, small bookcase, wardrobe, small chest of drawers, large chest of drawers, an armchair and a large airer. And I would still have space to do a cartwheel across my room if I was so minded.

    Three bathrooms.

    Kitchen / diner

    Living room

    My own space is my bedroom. If I want peace / quiet / solitude, then i go there. If I want to be sociable, then I go downstairs to the kitchen / living room. That was the same in halls.
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    First year at Exeter in the self catered flats.

    There's five of us in my flat (three girls, two boys) with a small kitchen, three toilets and one shower. My room's pretty big, much larger than the one I have at home. There's a small bed, a big desk, two long shelves above my desk, a large wardrobe, a sink, a mirror, a bedside table, a couple of sets of drawers (one under the desk) and a bin. There's also pretty good lighting. The walls between each room are pretty thick so I rarely get disturbed by my flat mates. However, I'm on the ground floor and the walls that lead to outside seem to be thinner so I sometimes get woken up by drunk people but it's not really THAT bad.

    The kitchen is pretty small but the flats upstairs where there's twelve people, have a much larger one as you would expect. We have two fridges and a freezer and loads of cupboards. The cleaner comes every other day to clean the bathrooms and she cleans the kitchen twice a week.
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    Quite a big en suite room. Kitchen is a decent size compared to some. Sharing with five other girls. Get on with all of my flatmates. Although I'd probably regard only 2 of them as good friends but have other good friends in the flat below and above who come and join us in our flat.

    We have a few drama's it's definitely not boring but I love it anyway.
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    University Of Leicester, Mary Gee Houses
    It's basic accommodation but has everything you need, so cheap and cheerful really. There's 10 of us (4 guys and 6 girls), and 2 bathrooms which does sound bad and I was worried about this before I moved in as I had originally applied for en-suite (i also generally prefer my own space), but it has worked out fine so far. We have a kitchen/diner area that isn't that big, but we all tend to cook at different times so that isn't really a problem either. The only thing that's missing is a lounge area, which other accommodation here do offer and most other uni's do offer too, but it's not that bad, the chairs in the dining area bit aren't too uncomfortable. Though when you go home, you'll find that sitting on a sofa is luxury!

    My room is classed as 'standard single' so it's not the biggest of rooms you can get here but it suits me fine. There's a single bed, a wardrobe, set of drawers and a desk, a desk chair and a comfy chair. There's also plenty of storage space under the bed so it works out fine (i bought 2 car loads of stuff when I moved in and it all fits!).

    Moving into halls is pretty scary, especially if you're a person that likes there own space (like me). But it's really not that bad once you get settled! If you've been out all day and just need a bit of space to chill then you can stay in your room, or if you're feeling a little more sociable leave your door open so people passing by can pop in. In the evenings we tend to all just go in the kitchen/diner area. Even if you do prefer your own space, chances are you'll hear people having fun in the kitchen and go down to see whats going on anyway.

    Now that I'm home I actually miss having lots of people round....

    Hope this helped!
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    Edinburgh College of Art, first year.

    I'm in private halls so I have my own studio flat - kitchen, bathroom and all. It's not HUGE but there's enough space for me and all my crap
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    University of York. I share with the kitchen with up to 8 other people, but have my own bathroom.

    The room size is decent, bigger than my room at home although the large desk does take up a lot of space. I have two large drawers under the bed, a bedside table of sorts (a shelf bridging the bed-desk gap), three drawers in the desk, two shelves above and a wardrobe. Would have been nicer with another shelf but hey, it's only a pain if I'm doing a lot of studying. The bathroom is small but big enough for one person, although the whole shower-room concept was new to me and to be honest, is a pain. The bathroom is always flooding, and takes about 2 days to dry out after a shower (so it's pretty much never dry!). Can't comment so much on the wall thickness as the boy next door isn't noisy, but if people are in the corridor it can sound like they're in your room. If people go past the building as well, it seems to vibrate through the wall. This was only a major issue during Freshers week though, and it's rare to disturb me past 12am.

    The kitchen could do with a couple more appliances considering the number of people, but otherwise, there haven't been any issues.
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    I am going to try and warn every single student against camden court. It is a dive, blocked drains, raw sewage coming up from the shower, smell of sewage, bed with springs coming up, mould up the walls, dirty, grimy, cold. There is a constant smell of rotting rubbish festering. My boyfriend is at glenamara, he pays less and it is much better quality, trust me the bathroom sharing isn't all that bad. My shower just floods the whole room at least 2 inches of gunk infested water from the trains back up constantly. DO NOT GO TO CAMDEN COURT :mad:
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    (Original post by lottie51)
    I am going to try and warn every single student against camden court. It is a dive, blocked drains, raw sewage coming up from the shower, smell of sewage, bed with springs coming up, mould up the walls, dirty, grimy, cold. There is a constant smell of rotting rubbish festering. My boyfriend is at glenamara, he pays less and it is much better quality, trust me the bathroom sharing isn't all that bad. My shower just floods the whole room at least 2 inches of gunk infested water from the trains back up constantly. DO NOT GO TO CAMDEN COURT :mad:

    Hi lottie51,

    My name is Frankie. I work for UNITE and I'm on TSR to give help an advice to students on all aspects of living with us.

    I noticed your post and thought I'd reply as I'd like to look in to this for you - have you raised any maintenance requests for the issues you mention?

    Thanks,
    Frankie
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    (Original post by UNITE Student Accommodation)
    Hi lottie51,

    My name is Frankie. I work for UNITE and I'm on TSR to give help an advice to students on all aspects of living with us.

    I noticed your post and thought I'd reply as I'd like to look in to this for you - have you raised any maintenance requests for the issues you mention?

    Thanks,
    Frankie
    I'm really worried about this because I've been given camden court and don't want this happening to me
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    (Original post by cat.princess)
    I'm really worried about this because I've been given camden court and don't want this happening to me
    Hi cat.princess,

    I noticed your post and thought a response might be helpful.

    Maintenance is something that's really important to UNITE which is why we have a great, on site maintenance team ready to deal with any issues you report. There are also lots of ways to let us know about anything that needs fixing. You can do this via telephone, online, at reception with you UNITE team or by contacting our emergency contact centre 24 hours a day.

    If you'd more information on living with UNITE, just let me know.

    Thanks,
    Frankie
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    (Original post by UNITE Student Accommodation)
    Hi cat.princess,
    (Original post by UNITE Student Accommodation)

    I noticed your post and thought a response might be helpful.

    Maintenance is something that's really important to UNITE which is why we have a great, on site maintenance team ready to deal with any issues you report. There are also lots of ways to let us know about anything that needs fixing. You can do this via telephone, online, at reception with you UNITE team or by contacting our emergency contact centre 24 hours a day.

    If you'd more information on living with UNITE, just let me know.

    Thanks,
    Frankie
    ok thank you but it doesn't help to reassure me that there won't me any sewage problems.
 
 
 
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