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I'm either going to use Manchester as my firm or insurance so either way i have to fill in my accommodation form soon. I want to go catered but haven't been to see any of the accommodation offered yet. Can anyone who's in Manchester or has been to visit give me some opinions of Woolton Hall, Allen Hall and Dalton Ellis Hall.

I don't want to live in the center and think I’d prefer Fallowfield over Victoria Park. I've read some nasty reviews of Owens Park and don't like the sound of some of the others so I think I’ve narrowed it down so I’m left with the choice of the 3 listed above. Just need to order them in terms of preference now. Any insights into which is better and what they're all like? - Advantages - Disadvantages etc?

Any views would be much appreciated. Cheers
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Sorry dont know of any people who stayed in those halls in their first years but i had a friend in Hulme Hall which is catered and they said it was brilliant and everybody got to know each other really well. Personally i stayed in whitworth park and loved it. Its self catered-but its really close to uni which i think is quite an important thing. Try and find out how many freshers tend to stay in the places you have listed as you dont want to be living with a load of postgraduates and final year students.
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(Original post by need_help)
Hey,

I'm either going to use Manchester as my firm or insurance so either way i have to fill in my accommodation form soon. I want to go catered but haven't been to see any of the accommodation offered yet. Can anyone who's in Manchester or has been to visit give me some opinions of Woolton Hall, Allen Hall and Dalton Ellis Hall.

I don't want to live in the center and think I’d prefer Fallowfield over Victoria Park. I've read some nasty reviews of Owens Park and don't like the sound of some of the others so I think I’ve narrowed it down so I’m left with the choice of the 3 listed above. Just need to order them in terms of preference now. Any insights into which is better and what they're all like? - Advantages - Disadvantages etc?

Any views would be much appreciated. Cheers
I'm living at Dalton Ellis now, but had all three of those for my choices too. If you can get in Woolton, that'd be great. The atmosphere is chilled, the rooms are spacious; DE is good, depends which block you're staying in really. Rooms in MH are the most spacious, while other blocks are small and stink a bit, with the exception of Sutherland (ensuite).

Can't really comment on Allen Hall, never been.

Hulme Hall is rather iffy - I hear the food there isn't a patch on DE, and on occassions you have to serve the food yourself to others, and wash up. Additionally, there are regular formal dinners where you have to make the effort to dress up smartly before you can eat - a bit crap if you're trying to reach a deadline.

So, a good selection then: my order was:

Woolton
DE
Allen
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By MH, do you mean Moberly Hall?
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hey don't go to Hulme Hall, i went to school just round the corner from there - nearly got stabbed outside the place, but i did find a £5 note in a pile of leaves there once also, so there ya go.
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I recently stayed at owens park for 4 nights. Its good. Bar, pool room, decent sized rooms, its huuuge, 1 kitchen between 7 ppl, 2 showers 2 toilets between 7 ppl. area is nice, lots of curry restaurants, far from town though.
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I stayed in Woolton hall in my first year and I loved it. There were a fair share of fools there, in particular the people who ran the JCR, but also some really cool people (as I suppose is the case for any hall). Before I applied a friend living in Owens Park told me it would be full of 'posh knobs' but it wasn't like that.

In my opinion it's definitely in the best surroundings of all the halls, you get decent food, and you're very close to fallowfield but without the noise/hassles... even though it's right next to Oak House most people have never heard of it when you tell them where you live. And the rooms are enormous compared with other halls.

I wanted to go back for second year but was refused a place so I'm living in a house in West Didsbury at the moment - hall life was so much better though, so I'm going back to live in Allen Hall for my third year (I didn't want to live in the same hall again, and Allen Hall was my second choice).
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How's Ronson Hall? Is there Internet Access in every bedroom?
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does anyone know how likely you are be accepted into your first choice hall and which halls are the most popular?
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does anyone know how likely you are be accepted into your first choice hall and which halls are the most popular?
some are marked "oversubscribed" in the prospectus, I guess these must be the most popular ones?
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can any1 give me any insight into life at ashburne hall, any comments good and bad wud b appreciated!!! JO.xxxxxxx
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can any1 give me any insight into life at ashburne hall, any comments good and bad wud b appreciated!!! JO.xxxxxxx
I second this. It's my first choice so far, but someone recommended Allen Hall to me - apart from the obvious sexes difference, how do they compare?
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If i were you i wouldn't go catered. It resricts you to having to be back at halls for fixed times otherwise you miss out. I stayed in Bowden Court behind the Aquatics Centre so i was close to uni and didn't have an 45 minute journey home (which is how long it takes to get to Fallowfield during rush hour.
I currently live in Rushholme near Hulme Hall. I doesn't look too bad but i have heard good things about St. Anslems hall (Or Slems) as it is reffered to be residents.
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Hey, yeah Slems is awesome. I'm there at the moment, but will moving into a house in Fallowfield in my second year.

Its a fairly small hall (120) and not divided into flats like most others. Its got a good bar, gym, library, computers, snooker room and squash court. The meal times are restrictive at times but it means you see all your mates everyday. Its also a good way of meeting people at the start - you dont know anyone so you sit at a random table and start chatting.

There are loads of social and sports events as well, so theres always something going on. Lastly, from what I've learned from friends in flats, you tend only to meet the people in your flat and if you dont like them then your largely screwed! I reckon i know all of the 120 people in my hall by face if not by name and I've had a wicked year here.

By the way, its all male - weird at first!!!
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Hey, yeah Slems is awesome. I'm there at the moment, but will moving into a house in Fallowfield in my second year.

Its a fairly small hall (120) and not divided into flats like most others. Its got a good bar, gym, library, computers, snooker room and squash court. The meal times are restrictive at times but it means you see all your mates everyday. Its also a good way of meeting people at the start - you dont know anyone so you sit at a random table and start chatting.

There are loads of social and sports events as well, so theres always something going on. Lastly, from what I've learned from friends in flats, you tend only to meet the people in your flat and if you dont like them then your largely screwed! I reckon i know all of the 120 people in my hall by face if not by name and I've had a wicked year here.

By the way, its all male - weird at first!!!
So you'd recommend Ashburne then? It's sister hall to Slems.

I was originally going to go self-catered, but when I came down on the accommodation open day, and saw the halls for myself, I was struck by how isolating the self-catered ones seemed, as almost all of them (except Grosvenor Place) were all built as self-contained flats. The rooms at Ashburne are bigger as well, and bathroom provision seemed better (maybe because it's all female?)
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So you'd recommend Ashburne then? It's sister hall to Slems.

I was originally going to go self-catered, but when I came down on the accommodation open day, and saw the halls for myself, I was struck by how isolating the self-catered ones seemed, as almost all of them (except Grosvenor Place) were all built as self-contained flats. The rooms at Ashburne are bigger as well, and bathroom provision seemed better (maybe because it's all female?)
yeah, ive been to asburne a couple of times and know a few people who are/have stayed there. They all seemed to like it. No bar though and the sistership with slems is shaky - we have more to do with Gabs (though they're all weird and I'd def go to asburne over those lot!)

If u dont mind all-female then i'd say go for it. I reckon catered is generally better socialy - though it all depends on the people you meet.
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As i have said i lived in the self contained flats yet made lots of new friends. I just went to lots of social activities and flat parties in the first few weeks. I am only living with one person i lived with last year in a house of six, and i know them all very well.
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