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I've applied for my accommodation at exeter and have made the option of a catered ensuite room, but this costs 140 a week.
I've asked many of my friends and absolutely no-one else is paying as much as I am. I've also read a couple of those information for future students kind of booklets with break downs of average costs of spending (such as accommodation, food, laundry etc.) and none of them seem to add up to £140 either.

So is it just me or are the halls at exeter more expensive than other unis or is this a pretty normal price.

(Yes I realise I could've payed less for a smaller room but I thought I'd pay the extra for the luxury of my own bathroom)
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*dagnabbit, double posting*
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They do tend to the more expensive at Exeter, yes. Property in Exeter is generally expensive and the university milks this for all it's worth.

I'm guessing you've applied for or got Holland Hall/Pennsylvania Court at that price. Personally I wouldn't pay that - if I'd gone catered I would have chosen to pay less and distributed my remaining funds elsewhere, but this is of course up to the individual. I also think catered halls generally are really bad value for money!! (Plus, going catered just wouldn't have fitted in with my lifestyle.) I was in self-catered, non-ensuite accommodation that cost £65/week in my first year, and even when you take into account the laundry costs (a massive £4.60 a month lol), there's no way anyone spends £73-odd on food per week. But hey, that's your prerogative
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Like Angelil says, property prices in town are really really stupid and in some places still rising, lucky I have lived here for ages now :p:
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depends on which way you look at it. Holland Hall and Penny C are both awesome places to live, and my parents were pretty happy with paying the accomodation fees for last year for me to live in Penny C, so i didn't even think of living somewehre else. Yeah there are cheaper places to live, and said accomodation really isn't that bad at all, it just depends on what you can afford and would prefer.

As much as i have said you could quite easily live without an ensuite, it is an added bonus - u get a lot more privacy, can spend as long as you like in the shower/on the loo! and the showers are amazing, so strong and always hot. the rooms themselves are lovely too - even more so if you get a balcony. the washing machines and tumble dryers are also brand new and really good - we had lots of people from lafrowda using them last year, used to piss the porter off a fair bit...

i do think that this year is a bit of a joke, especially as you're no longer getting lunch vouchers and they've put the price up by £12 a week - plus you don't really have anywhere to cook anything for lunch, except maybe a microwave - holland didn't have these last year, rumours were they were getting them.

so anyway, im bored and writing lots! i think that if you can afford to live in either holland or penny c then yeah, it is expensive, but they really are awesome places to live and i say go for it. but if it is a completely absurd amount of money (which i do think it is) then there is plenty of other perfectly normal and affordable student accomodation in exeter on campus...
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(Original post by boho)
As much as i have said you could quite easily live without an ensuite, it is an added bonus - u get a lot more privacy, can spend as long as you like in the shower/on the loo! and the showers are amazing, so strong and always hot.
I never had to queue for a shower or toilet *all year* in Lafrowda Enhanced, and, as you say, the showers were amazing, never a cold shower! So tbh I don't see that you're getting very much more by having an ensuite. Happily I can see that you, unlike some, can see that ensuite isn't an essential...I have met many who wouldn't want to put their golden buttocks on any loo seat but their own. :rolleyes:

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washing machines and tumble dryers are also brand new and really good - we had lots of people from lafrowda using them last year
Yeah, I agree that the washing machines for Laffy/St G's/Rowe are a bit rubbish but the tumble driers are SUPERB - huge industrial ones that leave your stuff nice and toasty in 20 mins

Just trying to back up the point that it isn't a simple choice between total hole and total palace :p:
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It is expensive, but I figured its the only time in my life I will ever get my own bathroom. As according to statistics most of us will still be living with our parents when we're thirty because of house prices And i've shared bathrooms with seven siblings (don't worry includes step-siblings) for years and so look forward to my own space . Though I wish the prices were the same as last year, were £10+ less. If I don't get ensuite I don't mind, as it means it's cheaper
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(Original post by Niyati)
It is expensive, but I figured its the only time in my life I will ever get my own bathroom. As according to statistics most of us will still be living with our parents when we're thirty because of house prices
Very, very unlikely. Don't believe everything you read now
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To be honest, I hope I don't get an ensuite room becuase thats an extra £38 a week i could be spending on socialising and the usual stuff (hopefully going catered on St Lukes). I agree that the amount to pay a week is a lot, but the room sizes seemed decent compared to some of the other uni's i visited, and I'm prepared to pay more for catered because I am really bad at cooking and so think I would starve if I had to cook for myself 24/7( I need longer to practice!) At the end of the day, it's only for a year and so I'm not too fussed where I live, so long as the people i live with are nice, which I'm sure they will be! Roll on next month!
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(Original post by Angelil)
Very, very unlikely. Don't believe everything you read now
Oh i'm gullible lol!
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Sorry for double post. But was thinking yesterday (when discussing accommodation prices with my step sister (who is also going to uni this year)) that yes Exeter is very expensive - but it only has a 31 week contract. Bath spa the other uni I applied for had a 40week contract for self-catered (en-suite) at £89 per week. So that comes to £3560. Then Exeter has catered ensuite for £142 per week at 31 weeks = £4402. So I don't know how much u would spend on food, but I reckon roughly between £20 and £30, making the total price not so far off the Exeter one. So yes I still believe Exeter is very expensive. Just thought I would share this with others, so that maybe it didn't look as bad. Though I don't know what other unis pricing is like.

I might be wrong...
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(Original post by Niyati)
Sorry for double post. But was thinking yesterday (when discussing accommodation prices with my step sister (who is also going to uni this year)) that yes Exeter is very expensive - but it only has a 31 week contract. Bath spa the other uni I applied for had a 40week contract for self-catered (en-suite) at £89 per week. So that comes to £3560. Then Exeter has catered ensuite for £142 per week at 31 weeks = £4402. So I don't know how much u would spend on food, but I reckon roughly between £20 and £30, making the total price not so far off the Exeter one. So yes I still believe Exeter is very expensive. Just thought I would share this with others, so that maybe it didn't look as bad. Though I don't know what other unis pricing is like.

I might be wrong...
Exeter is expensive for some types of rooms, but about average for others. I recently stayed in some Manchester University accommodation which was purpose built for students and was the same quality as Lafrowda enhanced. It cost me £52.50 a week which included free use of a gym and free car parking. Which is a considerable difference from what Exeter charge for similar!!

Whilst Holland has gone up a lot (indeed the first year it was open it cost £115 a week, now its £142) a lot of the standard rooms have stayed roughly the same. I was in a shared standard room which was about £86 a week. Now that very same room is about £90 a week. Yes ok you have to share a room, but my room was in fact gigantic and at least four or five times the size of the average student room...plus we had very high ceilings. I'm quite happy to see places like Holland hall go up a lot, because people who want to live there will pay for it. Meanwhile there is still space for those of us that don't want to pay massively inflated prices!!

Doesn't really add anything useful, but thought I'd say it anyway!
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