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    Hi,
    I've gotten a condition offer at Reading and now am wondering what people believe the best accommodation is. I am looking for standard non-catered rooms with an en-suite. I was just wondering if anyone knows what the 'best' accommodation for convenience, facilities and people are.

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    Hi,

    Congratulations on the offer!

    I stayed in a standard en-suite room self catered last year. So from your description this is probably the best sort of accommodation to suite you.

    I stayed in Sherfield, which is technically 'off campus' but its pretty much just across the main road to campus, it takes less than five minutes to get onto campus and about 10 mins to the centre of campus. Sherfield looks a bit like houses from the outside and you have 3 floors with 8 people on each floor. The kitchens were refurbished this summer, so are really nice and new. I really enjoyed my time in Sherfield, if you are in the crescent blocks A-G there is a crescent lawn outside which when the weather was nice we all sat out there. The JCR (Junior common room commitee) also organise lots of social events throughout the year, we had a christmas meal formal, a spring formal where went into London for a boat party and a summer bbq. As well are regualr socials and quizzes. Its really close to Northcourt reception which is where you pick your post up from and do your laundry. There is also a bar at Northcourt.

    The other options for that style are Benyon which is just behind Sherfield so, add like an extra 3 minutes onto your journey to campus. There are taller are blocks and I think have more people on each floor. There are slightly more modern, but personally they feel a little less homely. But are still really good for the social side of things and they have a pond in the centre of all their blocks.

    There is also McCombie which is the same style as the other two, but is a smaller hall in the park group selection of halls which is on campus. Still about 7-10 mins to the centre of campus. Close to Park Bar which is one of the main bars on campus, so quite lively.

    Finally there is St Georges, also offer standard ensuite rooms. An older building but newer on the insider. Has a really good social side to it and a big JCR room.

    Here is the link to self catered room http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-st...red-halls.aspx

    Hope this helps feel free to ask me any other questions

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    I had totally no idea what was best when I applied for accommodation and I ended up choosing to live in Childs, which is nice but I wouldn't have wanted to live here if I had seen the others, depending on how much you want to spend depends on what's the best for you:

    If you're looking at the 160pw rooms I wouldn't suggest anything other than Bridges, because in comparison Mackinder, Childs and Stenton rooms are quite small and it isn't actually that lively here. At Bridges everyone knows each other and gets on, plus for facilities it's the most convenient, at the others the washing room and postroom are quite far away from the halls which means you have to do like a 5/10 minute walk with all your washing and stuff, whereas at Bridges the facilities are literally on your doorstep although it is a teeny bit further away than the others but is sooo nice, and is quite close to union for nights out. All of these ones organise their own freshers events and stuff

    Slightly cheaper ones at like 140pw are Greenow and Mccombie, I'm not kidding when I say I've never actually seen go into or leave from there so totally wouldn't recommend that haha, I've heard that it's basically got quite a lot of international students who obviously are just as lovely as everyone else but it could be tricky if you were alone and didn't speak the language your flatmates did etc.. Sherfield is 140pw as well and isn't far from campus at all, but I know people who have said it was harder for them to make friends from their course living off campus as you don't walk home together or whatever, so you sort of end up stuck with your flatmates and if you don't particularly like them that can be hard.

    Hope that helped a teeny bit!!
    Also one thing to bare in mind that I had no idea about was that your rent will differ between terms, the first two terms it will be much higher (at Childs it's around 2500 in the first two and then 1200 in the last term), so if you work out your finances and think you're fine you need to take that into account, I ended up being in my overdraft because my rent was higher than my student loan in the first two terms!
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    So out of Benyon, Greenow and McCombie, Sherfield and St Georges which would you say is best? Best for socializing, location and facilities? or are they all pretty much the same? I'M CONFUSED
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    I've been offered a room in St Patricks and am wondering whether to take it or not... hoping for some advice.I'm in my 30s and will be doing a weekly commute. Just want a bed to sleep in (and not to have to cook!) although obviously friendly neighbours is always nice. I'm assuming the room is in the 'postgraduate area', coz I ticked that box, but I'm just wondering if I'll be ten years older than everyone else, and if that'll be a problem. I'm not anti-social, but I'm not going to be joining in with drinking games and club nights. I don't mind a bit of noise at night, I sleep through anything, but I have no tolerance for posh 'lad' banter type obnoxiousness. Sooo... is there much of that? How many other older students are there likely to be? Am I just going to be desparate to escape after a week?
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    I'm currently in Benyon. The walk from Northcourt isn't too horrendous, I'd say around 15 minutes. Greenow and McCombie is a good choice as it's on campus right near most of the other accomodation, and is a short distance from central campus. However, they tend to go quite quickly. I've also heard that they can be full of older students? I'm not sure though. St George's isn't too far from campus either, there are a lot of people per flat, but I don't really know much more than that!

    I like Benyon but personally I don't think there is much of a community as there are four different buildings. I hear Sherfield is quite good for socialising. Again, I don't really know much about St George's or Greenow/McCombie.

    As for St Pats, it's in between Benyon and Sherfield, so the walking distance to campus will be about the same. From what I've heard, they are quite sociable and like a drink. Apparently all the flats are connected though, so basically anyone can walk into any kitchen and steal things from the fridge! I also heard it gets quite loud. A lot of people compare it to a prison. Take from that what you will
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    What are the en suites like in Benyon? the website doesn't have any pictures! I've put it as my top accommodation choice, what do you think of it there ?
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    (Original post by Mia18)
    What are the en suites like in Benyon? the website doesn't have any pictures! I've put it as my top accommodation choice, what do you think of it there ?
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    Hello I think it varies depending on which part of Benyon you're put in. I'm in Fickling Court and mine is fairly small. It's kind of more like a wet room. I'll see if I can get a decent photo of it for reference and get back to you!

    I forgot to reply to the last point, I quite like it here. I love seeing the sunset over Benyon and we have our own pond it's quite close to a couple of small shops and a cash machine, plus there's a Gregg's round the corner!
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    (Original post by SarahhLouisee)
    I'll see if I can get a decent photo of it for reference and get back to you!
    That would be really useful thank you! What is the social aspect like? Are there a lot of postgrads there? My accommodation application got accepted today😄
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    Hi...😊i am a postgraduate student.i've accepted my offer this week.I want to choose Mackinder or Bridges Hall...Do you know which one is better?


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    Im in Benyon and I highly rate it! It's got a kind of homely atmosphere if im honest, and I like the green spaces in the vicinity being from the countryside and all! Mckinder, Stenton, Childs and Bridges are all very modern and much nicer than benyon in terms of quality of building ect xD However, it all depends whether you're willing to pay more or if you'd rather be in the Northcourt area which has it's own perks such as UniGrill, Greggs and the nice walk into campus.
    Sherfield and Benyon are very similar, both have quite a good social life just like the other halls do. St Georges is a little out of it, its on its own so may be a little less social able buts at the end of the day its what you make out of your times in halls!
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    (Original post by gghjk;[url="tel:63692515")
    63692515[/url]]Im in Benyon and I highly rate it! It's got a kind of homely atmosphere if im honest, and I like the green spaces in the vicinity being from the countryside and all! Mckinder, Stenton, Childs and Bridges are all very modern and much nicer than benyon in terms of quality of building ect xD However, it all depends whether you're willing to pay more or if you'd rather be in the Northcourt area which has it's own perks such as UniGrill, Greggs and the nice walk into campus.
    Sherfield and Benyon are very similar, both have quite a good social life just like the other halls do. St Georges is a little out of it, its on its own so may be a little less social able buts at the end of the day its what you make out of your times in halls!
    Thank you so much...That was really helpful
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    Hello
    I have a conditional offer to study law at university of Reading. Please when can I apply for accommodation?


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    I'm looking to apply for Wessex Hall, I've heard nothing but good things about there so far in terms of socialising..however is there anywhere else I should consider before applying? I'm not too fussed about having an en-suite, just want to live somewhere fun!
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    (Original post by elsie abibo)
    Hello
    I have a conditional offer to study law at university of Reading. Please when can I apply for accommodation?
    You can apply from April 11th with a conditional offer.




    Also I'm currently trying to decide between McCombie and St George's and was wondering if anyone could tell me the pros and cons between the two.
    Especially what the showers were like in each, I've heard some are more like a wet room and would like to avoid those. Thanks.
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    I'd say that st georges is best for socialising because they have a good JCR room (communal space) with a pool table and sofas and a piano and stuff where everyone drinks and has parties. Their rooms are pretty nice, though im not 100% sure because my friend who lives there is a absolute pig and her room is a disgrace haha, they are a little more dated than like Childs/Greenow but they're fine.

    I think being in any of the park group halls is going to make socialising a bit easier because there are so many halls all in one place (G&M, Childs, Stenton, Windsor, Mackinder) so going to see friends or going to parties is much easier, especially if you go back to your friends at night, having to walk back from a park group hall to stenton is no fun, they're also all around park bar which is great if you just want to go in for a drink or two etccc!
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    I've accepted a conditional offer at reading and I'm now trying to sort out my accommodation. Would prefer a double bed anyone know which halls are the best cost wise as well. Bridges looks good but I've heard the warden is a prick????
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    (Original post by Dannny1)
    I've accepted a conditional offer at reading and I'm now trying to sort out my accommodation. Would prefer a double bed anyone know which halls are the best cost wise as well. Bridges looks good but I've heard the warden is a prick????
    Don't forget to check Mackinder.I chose that hall.I've heard that its location and social activities are better than Bridges.
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    Yeah does look nice but £160 a week, too expensive for me. Thjnking of wantage halls but not sure what the rooms in the new court bit are like.
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    I'm really struggling wit choosing accommodation, I was thinking Bridges but then I've heard it's not that social and is quite a distance from other halls. I don't think I'll be able to stretch to afford any premium en suites but i really can't decide from the rest😭 also what are accommodation forms like?? Do you pick a few options or just one?


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