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    So I've started considering my accommodation for uni and I really like the appeal of catered halls. As a first year student I think it would be much easier for me if I had some help in the cooking department (and my mom will be calmer, knowing I won't starve). But I haven't heard a lot of good things about Pollock's and was wondering is it worth it?

    Anyone that's stayed there? What are your experiences? Are you also considering your stay there? I'd like to hear whatever you have to say for it.

    Thanks
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    (Original post by deairiee)
    So I've started considering my accommodation for uni and I really like the appeal of catered halls. As a first year student I think it would be much easier for me if I had some help in the cooking department (and my mom will be calmer, knowing I won't starve). But I haven't heard a lot of good things about Pollock's and was wondering is it worth it?

    Anyone that's stayed there? What are your experiences? Are you also considering your stay there? I'd like to hear whatever you have to say for it.

    Thanks
    Hi !!! I heard a lot of bad reviews about pollock hall etc the food there is bad but i still applied there since my mom has the same concern as yours ( me starving there )
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    (Original post by deairiee)
    So I've started considering my accommodation for uni and I really like the appeal of catered halls. As a first year student I think it would be much easier for me if I had some help in the cooking department (and my mom will be calmer, knowing I won't starve). But I haven't heard a lot of good things about Pollock's and was wondering is it worth it?

    Anyone that's stayed there? What are your experiences? Are you also considering your stay there? I'd like to hear whatever you have to say for it.

    Thanks
    I stayed there in my first year. It was a while back now but the food wasn't terrible. It was better at the start of the year and went downhill a bit as they year went on. By the time I came back after the easter holidays I was pretty fed up of the food, but I just got my dinner from the salad bar instead which had a pretty decent selection, and I also ate a lot of jacket potatoes that they always had on offer. Basically, the food isn't great but it's fine, and you'll always find something decent enough to eat I also liked living in Pollock in general, there's always lots of people around and it's easy to make friends
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    (Original post by deairiee)
    So I've started considering my accommodation for uni and I really like the appeal of catered halls. As a first year student I think it would be much easier for me if I had some help in the cooking department (and my mom will be calmer, knowing I won't starve). But I haven't heard a lot of good things about Pollock's and was wondering is it worth it?

    Anyone that's stayed there? What are your experiences? Are you also considering your stay there? I'd like to hear whatever you have to say for it.

    Thanks
    I have an offer for Pollock Halls I have also talked to some students living there. From what I have gathered, the food is not great but it's edible. There is always something for you to eat, granted you are not too picky about what you'll be having which is what most students would be like anyway. They also said that they found it helpful to actually have food ready when coming back from an exhausted day of class. As that's all I'm looking for, I thought I might as well just go with it.

    I remember seeing you on other threads before. And, I think we talked... You're applying for Genetics, aren't you? I'm also a Biological Science student )
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    So i'm trying to decide which accommodation to choose for 2017. Right now it's between chancellors, and darroch. Could anyone possibly help me decide?
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    (Original post by Ace2184)
    So i'm trying to decide which accommodation to choose for 2017. Right now it's between chancellors, and darroch. Could anyone possibly help me decide?
    They're completely different. Chancellors is catered accommodation and Darroch is self catered. As well as Chancellors being en-suite and Darroch being shared bathroom. Both have relatively decent sized rooms, with Darroch court rooms looking slightly nicer in my opinion. Chancellors however, looks nicer in terms of the building itself and there are several communal areas whereas Darroch doesn't have this. Darroch is roughly 10 minutes away from the main university buildings and next door to the sports centre if that's your thing. Chancellors is about 20-25 minutes away from the main campus but you'll find lots of pre parties tend to take place there.

    It really depends on what kind of accommodation you're looking for. I personally think part of the university experience is about finding your own feet and learning to fend for yourself so catered accommodation seems a bit silly to me, but that's just my opinion. Although I have heard mixed opinions about the food at Chancellors and bear in mind that you have set periods for meal times- so if you roll out of bed at 1pm you can't go down and have a cheeky breakfast because you've missed it.

    Another thing worth noting is that Darroch Court kitchens are typically shared between 5 people and you're given a cooker, microwave, kettle etc. At Chancellors the kitchen is bigger but you share it with a lot more people, and it doesn't have cooking facilities so you can't make your own meals when you feel like it- it's literally just for keeping snacks, making beverages and socialising with flatmates.

    I hope this was helpful
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    (Original post by EmmaLouise759)
    They're completely different. Chancellors is catered accommodation and Darroch is self catered. As well as Chancellors being en-suite and Darroch being shared bathroom. Both have relatively decent sized rooms, with Darroch court rooms looking slightly nicer in my opinion. Chancellors however, looks nicer in terms of the building itself and there are several communal areas whereas Darroch doesn't have this. Darroch is roughly 10 minutes away from the main university buildings and next door to the sports centre if that's your thing. Chancellors is about 20-25 minutes away from the main campus but you'll find lots of pre parties tend to take place there.

    It really depends on what kind of accommodation you're looking for. I personally think part of the university experience is about finding your own feet and learning to fend for yourself so catered accommodation seems a bit silly to me, but that's just my opinion. Although I have heard mixed opinions about the food at Chancellors and bear in mind that you have set periods for meal times- so if you roll out of bed at 1pm you can't go down and have a cheeky breakfast because you've missed it.

    Another thing worth noting is that Darroch Court kitchens are typically shared between 5 people and you're given a cooker, microwave, kettle etc. At Chancellors the kitchen is bigger but you share it with a lot more people, and it doesn't have cooking facilities so you can't make your own meals when you feel like it- it's literally just for keeping snacks, making beverages and socialising with flatmates.

    I hope this was helpful
    Part of the reason Chancellor's is attractive is because i'm an international student, so I kinda of feel hesitant to jump into a new culture and worry about shopping and cooking on top of that. At the same time, i'm definitely not rich, and i can cook (I enjoy cooking actually), darroch's more down to earth, flat-style accommodation is also appealing. But I just don't know whether the meal flexibility is worth the initial stress. In any case, your response was really helpful, so thanks!
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    (Original post by Ace2184)
    Part of the reason Chancellor's is attractive is because i'm an international student, so I kinda of feel hesitant to jump into a new culture and worry about shopping and cooking on top of that. At the same time, i'm definitely not rich, and i can cook (I enjoy cooking actually), darroch's more down to earth, flat-style accommodation is also appealing. But I just don't know whether the meal flexibility is worth the initial stress. In any case, your response was really helpful, so thanks!
    From experience a lot of people at Chancellors are in your situation so it's understandable. If it's any help, there are several supermarkets very close to Darroch and if you enjoy cooking, you may find it a pleasant procrastination tool. At the same time, Chancellors meal times are a good social experience. Whichever you choose, I'm sure you'll love it. If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask me.
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    (Original post by EmmaLouise759)
    From experience a lot of people at Chancellors are in your situation so it's understandable. If it's any help, there are several supermarkets very close to Darroch and if you enjoy cooking, you may find it a pleasant procrastination tool. At the same time, Chancellors meal times are a good social experience. Whichever you choose, I'm sure you'll love it. If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask me.
    Can I ask what course you're studying? Oh, and are you Scottish?
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    (Original post by Ace2184)
    Can I ask what course you're studying? Oh, and are you Scottish?
    I'm studying Physics and I'm from England.
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    (Original post by EmmaLouise759)
    I'm studying Physics and I'm from England.
    Ah, ok cool! I'm from the US. How do you like Edinburgh so far, city wise and uni wise? What accommodation did you choose your first year (if you went with uni accomodation), and how did you like it? Are you enjoying your course? Was it easy to make friends during freshers week? And lastly, how many societies did you join/you think would be good to join?
    PS: what football team do you support?
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    (Original post by Ace2184)
    Ah, ok cool! I'm from the US. How do you like Edinburgh so far, city wise and uni wise? What accommodation did you choose your first year (if you went with uni accomodation), and how did you like it? Are you enjoying your course? Was it easy to make friends during freshers week? And lastly, how many societies did you join/you think would be good to join?
    PS: what football team do you support?
    Ah I love it here, the city is so beautiful and there's so much to do. The whole city basically looks like something from a Harry Potter Film. The university itself is amazing and there's so much choice in modules to choose from. In the first two years you tend to have three courses per term. Two are related to your subject and the third can either be related to your course or completely different, which is really enjoyable as a way to experience more that the university has to offer and can really broaden your knowledge of different subjects. Support at the university is good as well and there's so much effort put in to make sure students are enjoying their time here as much as possible.

    I currently live in Shrubhill which isn't accommodation I chose myself because I came through clearing so applied to get accommodation really late. The accommodation is lovely but my only problem is that it's the furthest accommodation from the university with a 40 minute walk to the main buildings, although the walk to the university is beautiful and historic so I can't really complain.

    I found making friends in freshers quite easy because there are so many events to attend and everyone is so friendly. There were also lots of groups on facebook to make friends before attending the university which I would definitely recommend looking for.

    In terms of Societies, there are so many. Anything you can think of, there's a society for it. My first term I didn't join any just because I found the fact there were so many slightly overwhelming and I couldn't decide which ones to join. Next term I'm thinking of joining the Physics Society, Maths Society, Long Distance Running Society and the Animal Rights Society. So many of my friends met a lot of their friends at societies so I'd definitely recommend joining some in the first term even though I didn't myself. In regards to which ones to join, I've never heard anything bad about any society, just pick some that you're interest in. There are fayres in the first week to look around at all of the societies and there are lots of taster events to see if the society is right for you so just have a go at any that take your fancy.

    PS- I do not support a football team i'm afraid, it's not really my thing.
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    (Original post by EmmaLouise759)
    Ah I love it here, the city is so beautiful and there's so much to do. The whole city basically looks like something from a Harry Potter Film. The university itself is amazing and there's so much choice in modules to choose from. In the first two years you tend to have three courses per term. Two are related to your subject and the third can either be related to your course or completely different, which is really enjoyable as a way to experience more that the university has to offer and can really broaden your knowledge of different subjects. Support at the university is good as well and there's so much effort put in to make sure students are enjoying their time here as much as possible.

    I currently live in Shrubhill which isn't accommodation I chose myself because I came through clearing so applied to get accommodation really late. The accommodation is lovely but my only problem is that it's the furthest accommodation from the university with a 40 minute walk to the main buildings, although the walk to the university is beautiful and historic so I can't really complain.

    I found making friends in freshers quite easy because there are so many events to attend and everyone is so friendly. There were also lots of groups on facebook to make friends before attending the university which I would definitely recommend looking for.

    In terms of Societies, there are so many. Anything you can think of, there's a society for it. My first term I didn't join any just because I found the fact there were so many slightly overwhelming and I couldn't decide which ones to join. Next term I'm thinking of joining the Physics Society, Maths Society, Long Distance Running Society and the Animal Rights Society. So many of my friends met a lot of their friends at societies so I'd definitely recommend joining some in the first term even though I didn't myself. In regards to which ones to join, I've never heard anything bad about any society, just pick some that you're interest in. There are fayres in the first week to look around at all of the societies and there are lots of taster events to see if the society is right for you so just have a go at any that take your fancy.

    PS- I do not support a football team i'm afraid, it's not really my thing.
    Thanks you so much for your incredibly detailed response! I have an offer for International relations, and i'm a bit obsessively trying to get more information, so this is really helpful! One of the reasons i'm excited about Edinburgh, is that the weather seems pretty mild. What do you think about the weather? What should I think about bringing/buying in preparation? Oh, and Edinburgh nightlife, thoughts?
    PS: I guess I can accept that answer....😏
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    (Original post by Ace2184)
    Thanks you so much for your incredibly detailed response! I have an offer for International relations, and i'm a bit obsessively trying to get more information, so this is really helpful! One of the reasons i'm excited about Edinburgh, is that the weather seems pretty mild. What do you think about the weather? What should I think about bringing/buying in preparation? Oh, and Edinburgh nightlife, thoughts?
    PS: I guess I can accept that answer....😏
    It is pretty mild actually, obviously Scotland isn't particularly warm but it's not as cold as I thought it would be, there hasn't been too much rain so far either! The university has a website for new students and they have a checklist of things to bring when you come to the university, i'd definitely suggest checking that out. For the weather, bring a waterproof coat and warm clothes but I wouldn't bother with an umbrella, it's pretty windy when it rains and an umbrella wouldn't fair to well i'm afraid.

    Nightlife is amazing. So much to do. Nightclubs, bars and pubs are in abundance. So many themed bars and pubs as well, my favourite is the frankenstein bar which is themed around the story and it looks amazing. Plus most of the pubs have a historical significance which is really cool, such as the Greyfriar's Pub by the Kirkyard (watch Greyfriar's Bobby if you haven't already- such a tear jerker and a true story based around 5 minutes from the main university buildings). If you're not much of a drinker there's lots to do that doesn't involve drinking as well. The student union has around 6 bars of its own, all with a different style and vibe and with decent priced drinks. Also, societies have socials where they go out on nights together doing a variety of things. There's always something to do no matter what night of the week it is.
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    (Original post by EmmaLouise759)
    It is pretty mild actually, obviously Scotland isn't particularly warm but it's not as cold as I thought it would be, there hasn't been too much rain so far either! The university has a website for new students and they have a checklist of things to bring when you come to the university, i'd definitely suggest checking that out. For the weather, bring a waterproof coat and warm clothes but I wouldn't bother with an umbrella, it's pretty windy when it rains and an umbrella wouldn't fair to well i'm afraid.

    Nightlife is amazing. So much to do. Nightclubs, bars and pubs are in abundance. So many themed bars and pubs as well, my favourite is the frankenstein bar which is themed around the story and it looks amazing. Plus most of the pubs have a historical significance which is really cool, such as the Greyfriar's Pub by the Kirkyard (watch Greyfriar's Bobby if you haven't already- such a tear jerker and a true story based around 5 minutes from the main university buildings). If you're not much of a drinker there's lots to do that doesn't involve drinking as well. The student union has around 6 bars of its own, all with a different style and vibe and with decent priced drinks. Also, societies have socials where they go out on nights together doing a variety of things. There's always something to do no matter what night of the week it is.
    I know that it's a bit silly, but I can'tell help feeling extremely nervous about uni. I definitely know that edinburgh is where I want to go, but there are so many of my peers at school that act quite sceptical of the idea. Once again I know it's silly but I feel anxious. Had you ever been to Scotland before choosing Edinburgh? Is it difficult to go home during breaks? Oh, and do you have to move your things out during breaks?
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    (Original post by Ace2184)
    I know that it's a bit silly, but I can'tell help feeling extremely nervous about uni. I definitely know that edinburgh is where I want to go, but there are so many of my peers at school that act quite sceptical of the idea. Once again I know it's silly but I feel anxious. Had you ever been to Scotland before choosing Edinburgh? Is it difficult to go home during breaks? Oh, and do you have to move your things out during breaks?
    Sorry for the delayed reply! I know lots of people from abroad who chose to come here and they absolutely adore it so I wouldn't let your peers make you question your choice. Actually Scotland seems to be quite the hub for international students, in particular Americans, so a lot of people will be in your position.

    I'd been to Scotland once before actually starting at Edinburgh, and that was a trip I took to St Andrews, so I hadn't actually seen Edinburgh before I got there in September (apart from a quick changeover on a train from St Andrews to Durham at Edinburgh Waverley).

    Going home during breaks isn't particularly difficult for most people I don't think, the university's main buildings are a 10 minute walk from Waverley and a 45 minute drive from the airport, with lots of buses and trams taking you directly there, so you shouldn't have too much trouble getting home.

    In my accommodation and in the accommodation of everyone else I know, you don't have to move your things out during breaks- your lease starts in September and runs through till June and your flat is yours until that time.

    If you have any other worries or concerns about moving to Edinburgh, feel free to PM me. I know it can be a bit daunting but I really was surprised with how quickly I made friends and settled in and I'm sure you'll be the same. I would strongly recommend finding the Edinburgh freshers group on Facebook though because I made a group of about 20 friends on there that I'm still close with 3 months in, and you may find having a close group of friends before you even start at the university might put you more at ease.
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    Hi, as a non-rich non-rah person, what en suite pollack halls would you recommend? I have quite a few 'rah' friends so i generally get on quite well with them but i don't want to feel the halls common or that i can't keep up financially.
 
 
 
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