Applying for halls of residence for first year, is it worth getting an ensuite room or is a shared bathroom not as bad as its cracked up to be?
For the whole three years of my undergraduate I shared a house (in halls) with 15 other people. We had 2 showers, 1 bathtub and 3 toilets and there was never a problem. It was very rare that both showers were used at the same time.
You appreciate the ensuite once you get diarrhea
Depends if you need it for health reasons or if you have money to waste. Usually an ensuite will cost you at least an extra 1k if not more. That's a lot of money when you already have a limited amount to live off.
Sharing a bathroom is really not that bad, but if you can afford the ensuite there aren't really any downsides.
I had to make a decision on this for manchester. In terms of cost, it's probably not worth the extra money itself. But there's no way I'm sharing a bathroom with 4-12 people for a year. So in that case don't mind being ripped off weekly. My friends a year above me in uni always tell me stories of how their flat mates throw up near the toilets or pee with bad aim.
I'm not even taking the risk.
I don't mind sharing a kitchen though
Shared saved me £20 a week when i lived in halls, so the saving paid my food bills. I managed with no problems sharing a bathroom with 5 other women.
It depends on how much you want it. If you're really not bothered about a shared bathroom then I wouldn't bother wasting about an extra grand in a accommodation fees when you need all the money you can get at uni. But for me, I really wanted and do have an ensuite. The thought of sharing a bathroom with total strangers with no idea how hygenic they are scared me enough to get an ensuite room this year at uni. While I pay extra, I very much appreciate having it there especially like others have said when you're ill/on your period.
30 people in my house sharing 4 toilets and 4 showers. Never has any problems and glad to have saved the extra money.
I had a shared bathroom and thought it was fine. The only issue was it could be annoying in the mornibg for example if you had to wait or in the winter at night it is was a fair distance from your room (I mean like 20m, just felt colder).
However the pros outweighed the cons in my opinion. The best bit were a) it was cheaper b) we had the option of a bath and c) it was cleaned every day. Unlike my friends with ensuites who had to clean their own.