Excellent communal atmosphere. Largest rooms on campus by a long shot, due to be refurbished this summer. Fair proportion of internationals who keep to themselves. Most people per kitchen of any halls. Other side of main campus to the rest of halls.
From a social point of view, westwood is different to most halls. It is intermediate in terms of quietness, depending who exactly you live with. You're unlikely to have 2am fire alarms every week, but because you share a floor with so many others there's normally someone around in the kitchen/common room even in the wee hours of the morning. Aside from some international students, who often isolate themselves from the main group of people and stay in their rooms, the large hall means you tend to get large social groups, especially if you mix the three floors together. The area around each hall is very quiet, so leaving the window open at night is not a problem and rooms are fairly soundproof to boot.
Firstly the rooms. It is no exaggeration to say they are the best sized rooms on campus, its easily 1.5 larger than the average and you have room to move your bed around, sleep 4+ people on the floor and even fit such luxuries in as beanbags, drying racks or even an electronic drum set with room to spare (all things people have done in my hall). Massive window as well so lots of light/ventilation if wanted, currently let down by being single glazed but this will be fixed by next year. Rooms have their own washbasin and you get a massive desk (approx 2m long!), chest of drawers, bedside table and big wardrobe, so theres a ton of storage space.
Westwood is close to tesco and cannon park shops, has its own post room as well. Each hall has its own washing machine (£2 a go, not cheap) and drying room (dead useful) on the 1st floor, and a common room on the ground floor. Also closest halls to the learning grid, which is essentially a mini computer heavy library open 24/7. Preferred haunt of students pulling allnighters for essays/exam cram sessions. Westwood society has been fairly active in my year, and we've had at least two free meals! Theres plenty of green space around each hall, and although the sports centre is on main campus, westwood is right next to the athletics tracks and tennis courts if that floats your boat.
The walk. This is the first thing you will hear about westwood, but its far exaggerated from the truth. Westwood is between 10-25 mins away from campus depending on where you need to go and how fast you walk. Slow walkers heading to the far side of campus (SU, arts centre) will need 20-25mins, but for lectures in maths & stats/science concourse, a moderate pace can get you there in 10-15. Admittedly its not rootes or whitefields close to the union, and most girls on my floor have given up heels due to the walk there, but on the plus side the walk back can help sober you up before you hit the sack!
The other main problem with westwood is the kitchen/bathroom facilities. Generally ~25 people are sharing the kitchen, less on the ground floor but they also get a much smaller kitchen. This means it can get pretty messy pretty quick, depending on who exactly you live with. Toilets and showers there are 3 of each for the same number. Although I have never had to wait for a toilet or shower, it can mean that they get slightly dirty between cleaning (2* per week). If you're an absolute clean freak your better of looking for somewhere ensuite first, and a different halls second. Cleaners sort the kitchen 3 times a week, and the bathroom twice, rooms and corridors are not touched. A couple of times this year have had someone unlocking my room without warning to check its occupied, don't panic if this happens at an inappropriate moment, just make a noise and they'll leave!
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