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Any recommendations for a St John's graduate hostel @ Cambridge. Prefer close to town (i.e. best space/facilities but close to town).

Northampton? The Warehouse?

Help much appreciated!
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All the Madingley Road hostels are good
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Probably should add that the rooms in each hostel are very variable, so you're still taking a shot in the dark when you choose a particular house.
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thanks mate

but they're a bit far out of town eh?!
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thanks mate

but they're a bit far out of town eh?!
Guess so, but they're still within 10/15 minutes of the centre, and only about 5 mins. from college, so it's not too bad.
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thanks mate

but they're a bit far out of town eh?!
Yeah... I was in two minds about listing my preference for accommodation. In the end, I put the Madingley Rd hostels as my first preference: I will be working in the Cavendish Laboratory at the West Cambridge site, so I thought closer to the department would be better, but, this consideration aside, I would have preferred something a little closer to town. A guy I know who did his PhD in Cambridge (St. Catz) urged me to live on-site if I possibly could, or, otherwise, in the town centre.
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Probably should add that the rooms in each hostel are very variable, so you're still taking a shot in the dark when you choose a particular house.
Can I ask how variable the rooms are in any particular house? I know you mentioned to me before that the small rooms in the Madingley Rd hostels are 'small indeed', but how small is 'small indeed'? I suppose the first years would get the very worse rooms, no matter which house we list as our preferences. :rolleyes:
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Preferences are now

1) 1 Madingley Rd

2) 25 Northampton (Merton Arms)

3) 23 chesterton

4 ) Fossedene


What you reckon - 4 prefs enough?
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Can I ask how variable the rooms are in any particular house? I know you mentioned to me before that the small rooms in the Madingley Rd hostels are 'small indeed', but how small is 'small indeed'? I suppose the first years would get the very worse rooms, no matter which house we list as our preferences. :rolleyes:
You won't necessarily get the worst rooms - I think you can still specify the price range for the rooms you want, so just don't go for the cheapest. There are only a few really small rooms, but they just have space for a bed and a desk and nothing else.
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Preferences are now

1) 1 Madingley Rd

2) 25 Northampton (Merton Arms)

3) 23 chesterton

4 ) Fossedene


What you reckon - 4 prefs enough?
Why Chesterton? That's miles away!
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Is Chesterton that far away? I went to MAPQUEST.CO.UK and typed in 23 Chesterton Road, CAMBRIDGE - it shows up as on the CNr of Chesterton Rd and Hertford St - 5 mins walk to Magdel St?!
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Is Chesterton that far away? I went to MAPQUEST.CO.UK and typed in 23 Chesterton Road, CAMBRIDGE - it shows up as on the CNr of Chesterton Rd and Hertford St - 5 mins walk to Magdel St?!
Yeah, sorry, confused it with the hostels actually in Chesterton. 23 isn't any further from college than some of the Madingley Road hostels, I guess, but if your department is in the West Cambridge or Sidgwick sites then it's double the distance. Where's your department, then?
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Dept is Computer Science, off Madingley, but I want to have fun too - hence close to town...

1 Mad is looking pretty good
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You won't necessarily get the worst rooms - I think you can still specify the price range for the rooms you want, so just don't go for the cheapest. There are only a few really small rooms, but they just have space for a bed and a desk and nothing else.
Hmm... true enough, although I don't think I was asked to specify a rent range. Perhaps I should write to St. John's. Thanks for all your information, d750.

By the way, do you know which graduate hostels are connected to the college network or the internet? I read somewhere that those living in unconnected hostels have their phone bills subsidised, but I should like a fast connection all the same.
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NO idea which hostels are connected to the Internet.
That's pretty important

though I guess if you work in CS labs, who cares
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Hmm... true enough, although I don't think I was asked to specify a rent range. Perhaps I should write to St. John's. Thanks for all your information, d750.

By the way, do you know which graduate hostels are connected to the college network or the internet? I read somewhere that those living in unconnected hostels have their phone bills subsidised, but I should like a fast connection all the same.
You couldn't get you phone bill subsidised this year, but that may just have been due to the college's temporary difficulties. Wouldn't count on it for next year though. Don't know how many hostels aren't connected, sorry - the two Chesterton hostels and Grange road aren't, but there could be more.
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Hopefully less dodgy than the grad accommodation at St Johns Oxford, where a shower was found to have a webcam hidden in it... (see tomorrow's Cherwell)
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You couldn't get you phone bill subsidised this year, but that may just have been due to the college's temporary difficulties. Wouldn't count on it for next year though. Don't know how many hostels aren't connected, sorry - the two Chesterton hostels and Grange road aren't, but there could be more.
Hmm... perhaps it's for the best, really. I waste too much time on the internet. Just out of curiosity, is there any way at all of connecting to the internet from the graduate colleges that are not wired up? Are there individual phone-lines to each room, for instance?
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Hmm... perhaps it's for the best, really. I waste too much time on the internet. Just out of curiosity, is there any way at all of connecting to the internet from the graduate colleges that are not wired up? Are there individual phone-lines to each room, for instance?
Yes, most, if not all, of the rooms have ntl lines and some have bt lines which former residents have put in. So you can always get a dial-up connection.
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You couldn't get you phone bill subsidised this year, but that may just have been due to the college's temporary difficulties. Wouldn't count on it for next year though. Don't know how many hostels aren't connected, sorry - the two Chesterton hostels and Grange road aren't, but there could be more.
Hmm... these temporary difficulties do seem rather serious. Is the college really in severe financial straits?

Anyway, I apologise for this seemingly endless stream of questions, but this should be the last one. Just say so if you get sick of them. How much do you think rents will increase by this year, if you were to give an estimate?

Thanks again for your help.
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