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    How is the general social life in Bridges, Childs and Mackinder halls? Also which of these halls ten to have majority of the first year students? I've heard that some halls tend to place more postgraduate students?

    Thanks.
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    Ahhhh okays, that's not too bad! And yeh mine is conditional too, but only have to get 32 points overall! I'm from Essex so not too far away
    (Original post by Lily44)
    Yeah its conditional and I have to get AAB:/ What about you? Where are you from is it close to Reading? I'm from Norfolk
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    Which of the premium ensuite halls is the most social?
    Hi

    There are a few different choices of premium en suite rooms at Reading. These are; Bridges Hall, Mackinder, Stenton and Childs.
    Mackinder, Stenton and Childs are all in the Park group section of accommodation on campus which in my opinion are probably more sociable. This is because there is Park bar in the middle of them where you can go and socialise and get a bite to eat as well.
    This doesn't mean that Bridges isn't sociable as there is an bar just next to the accommodation.It is just a bit more separate than the other group of accommodation which are in more of a cluster.

    Hope this helps!
    Any more questions feel free to ask!

    Sophie
    Second Year Philosophy student
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    (Original post by Mumofson)
    What date can conditional holders apply please?
    Hi

    Applications are currently open for conditional offer holders if you have put Reading down as your first choice university.
    If Reading is your insurance choice university application only opens on 21st August once you have found out your results.
    I have attached the accommodation timeline so you can see where you can go from next.

    Hope this helps!

    Sophie
    Second Year Philosophy student
    http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-st...-timeline.aspx
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    Does anyone have any pictures or opinions of Benyon ensuites? Especially of the wet rooms?

    My current choices are
    1) Sherfield ensuite
    2) Benyon ensuite
    3) St George's washbasin - because it's more important for me to have a washbasin/bathroom than to have a double bed
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    Hi,
    Would there be any recommendations on staying in catered or self-catered halls?
    I have always been considering self-catered however has catered been found to be beneficial? Or does the addition of a kitchen help with social life and bonding with house mates?
    Thanks in advance, C
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    hiya,

    I've just applied for my accommodation, but I wasn't asked to complete a questionnaire? I'd heard that there was a questionnaire based on lifestyle, but on the application questions seemed minimal, only asking about whether I wanted mixed or single gender, and any room adaptations? just wondering if anyone could give me any more info as a bit worried
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    Hi.

    Do applicants with unconditional offers who have firmed their place get their accommodation confirmation (inc. hall that they have been allocated) before other applicants? and before august?
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    Hi,

    Does McCombie House offer single gender accommodation?
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    (Original post by harriet64)
    Hey guys,

    Quick question, what's bridges halls like overall?? I wasn't unable to visit it when I came for an applicant day but on the website, it looks lovely! what's the social side like? what's it like with a shared bathroom between a few people thing? what kinda people normally stay there because I'm looking for a lively bunch of people to live with! Does it actually look like the pictures online?

    Thanks in advance
    Hi harriet64

    I'm a second year student at Reading and stayed in Bridges for my first year at university and really liked it.

    I was dubious at first about the shared bathroom situation but didn't find it to be a problem at all. Usually in a flat there will be ten people. However, in mine there was nine because it was on the ground floor a disabled room takes up the space of two rooms. So for eights of us there was three modern bathrooms to share.
    So, in the normal flats there would be ten people sharing three bathrooms. Also with it being a premium shared bathroom hall, the rooms were nice and spacious. There was a lot of storage and desk space too.

    When I stayed there Bridges was only two years old, so currently the third year of people are there so it is still really new and modern. So, to answer your question it does look like the pictures!

    I liked Bridges a lot because it was near the lake and a very short walk to the centre of campus. Only a five minute walk to the student union. It was a very friendly hall too. There is a bar just next door at Wessex Hall which is a two minute walk which me and my friends liked to socialise at.

    Hope this helped!
    Any further questions feel free to ask,

    Sophie
    Second year Philosophy student
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    (Original post by mathumi487)
    Hi,

    Does McCombie House offer single gender accommodation?
    Hi

    I am not entirely sure if McCombie in particular offer single gender accommodation.
    I think for most halls when you apply you can tick a box to say mixed gender flat or single gender.

    However, if you would like to know for sure here is the email for the accommodation team and they can tell you.
    [email protected] k

    Hope this helps,
    Sophie,
    Second year Philosophy student
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    (Original post by Lily44)
    Is Bridges Premium Ensuite only for postgrads as this is what it says on the accommodation guide online? I was led to believe this could be for Undergraduates too or is this not the case?
    Hi Lily44

    I have checked on the website and the Premium Ensuite rooms are only for post graduates.
    However, there are still other room types at Bridges such as a premium room with a shared bathroom and the town houses.

    There are other premium en suite rooms available at Childs hall, Mackinder and Stenton if you wanted to look at those as an alternative.

    I will attach the accommodation email address so you can enquire whether there is room for other post graduates. Although, if the website specifies that it is only for post graduates then it must be the case.
    [email protected] k

    Hope this was of some help to you,
    Sophie
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    (Original post by UniofReading)
    Hi

    I am not entirely sure if McCombie in particular offer single gender accommodation.
    I think for most halls when you apply you can tick a box to say mixed gender flat or single gender.

    However, if you would like to know for sure here is the email for the accommodation team and they can tell you.
    [email protected] k

    Hope this helps,
    Sophie,
    Second year Philosophy student
    Hi,
    Thank you for replying to me and for sending me the email. I already sent an email to the accommodation team, so hopefully they'll reply to me soon. I know Sherfield definitely offers single gender accommodation, but I think McCombie is closer to the Psychology and Clinical Language Science department so that's why I wanted to make sure.
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    Hi harriet64

    I'm a second year student at Reading and stayed in Bridges for my first year at university and really liked it.

    I was dubious at first about the shared bathroom situation but didn't find it to be a problem at all. Usually in a flat there will be ten people. However, in mine there was nine because it was on the ground floor a disabled room takes up the space of two rooms. So for eights of us there was three modern bathrooms to share.
    So, in the normal flats there would be ten people sharing three bathrooms. Also with it being a premium shared bathroom hall, the rooms were nice and spacious. There was a lot of storage and desk space too.

    When I stayed there Bridges was only two years old, so currently the third year of people are there so it is still really new and modern. So, to answer your question it does look like the pictures!

    I liked Bridges a lot because it was near the lake and a very short walk to the centre of campus. Only a five minute walk to the student union. It was a very friendly hall too. There is a bar just next door at Wessex Hall which is a two minute walk which me and my friends liked to socialise at.

    Hope this helped!
    Any further questions feel free to ask,

    Sophie
    Second year Philosophy student
    Thanks for the reply! That's really helpful x
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    (Original post by aj179)
    hiya,

    I've just applied for my accommodation, but I wasn't asked to complete a questionnaire? I'd heard that there was a questionnaire based on lifestyle, but on the application questions seemed minimal, only asking about whether I wanted mixed or single gender, and any room adaptations? just wondering if anyone could give me any more info as a bit worried
    Hey!

    So, when you apply for accommodation they don't ask you to fill in a questionnaire as such, as you say it is just to specify your main requirements such as wanting a quiet room, single sex or if you needed a ground floor or adapted room.

    The accommodation team will try and meet your requirements of room type and also try to also put you with pretty much a half split of each gender and also people from similar courses to you. In my first year, I lived in a Bridges townhouse and I was with 6 females and 6 males and also the girl next to me studied Biochemistry (similar modules to Food Science) and in the rooms opposite me one boy studied Maths and one boy studied Economics.

    I know some universities do get you to fill out a more detailed questionnaire, my sister had to do one for Exeter, but don't panic as you don't have to do that for Reading!

    Hope this helps - but any other questions please let me know.

    Alice
    2nd Year Food Science Student
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    (Original post by yooj98)
    Hi.

    Do applicants with unconditional offers who have firmed their place get their accommodation confirmation (inc. hall that they have been allocated) before other applicants? and before august?
    Hello!
    Firstly, congratulations on the unconditional offer - that is fab news!

    Being an unconditional offer holder, you are able to apply for accommodation before the conditional offer holders. However, you still hear back at the same time - from the 17th August (after results day) with your room allocation.

    Hope this helps and best of luck for your exams. Please ask if you have any more questions.

    Alice
    2nd Year Food Science Student.
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    (Original post by clilig)
    Hi,
    Would there be any recommendations on staying in catered or self-catered halls?
    I have always been considering self-catered however has catered been found to be beneficial? Or does the addition of a kitchen help with social life and bonding with house mates?
    Thanks in advance, C
    Hello!

    Some fab questions which I shall try my best to answer

    So, I stayed in self catered halls (Bridges Townhouses) in my first year and for me that was really good. I am someone who likes to cook so wanted to have a large kitchen. Our kitchen was also really sociable, so all of my housemates would congregate in the kitchen and we would chat in there. However, smaller kitchens (as with catered halls) and corridors also do the job just fine! If you choose to move into a shared house in second or third year then being self catered does prepare you for that in terms of cooking and shopping.

    I had friends who were also catered halls in their first year and they really enjoyed it - I wouldn't worry about the lack of kitchen for socialising as people all go down for dinner together so it is very sociable in that respect. Friends that I know who were catered found it very convenient, as you can buy all of your food on campus and don't have to worry about doing big food shops or cooking.

    It really depends on you and whether or not you like or want to cook in your first year. Both self catered and catered halls are sociable in different ways!

    Hope this helps and if you have any more questions please feel free to ask.

    Alice
    2nd Year Food Science Student
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    (Original post by Tobikuyinu)
    Does anyone have any pictures or opinions of Benyon ensuites? Especially of the wet rooms?

    My current choices are
    1) Sherfield ensuite
    2) Benyon ensuite
    3) St George's washbasin - because it's more important for me to have a washbasin/bathroom than to have a double bed
    Hello

    Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the Benyon ensuites or wetrooms. However, two of my flatmates lived there last year and they said the ensuite was a very good size and the wetroom was good - they were very comfortable! The only comment from my flatmates was the floor does get quite wet due to the wetroom if you are not careful! However, you could try contacting the accommodation office to see if they have any photos which they could send to you, or they could give you a more detailed explanation of the wet rooms. This is their e-mail: [email protected] k

    I also had another friend that lived in Sherfield and she really enjoyed herself, here you don't have a wetroom you get an actual shower, so if you would prefer that then maybe choose Sherfield.

    In St George's you can get either standard ensuite rooms or washbasin rooms, when you apply for accommodation you make the choice as to which type of room you apply for. Some of the ensuite rooms are slightly more modern than others, but my friend is living in the older rooms at the moment and he really likes it so don't worry about how new the room is - you can only really tell by the exterior of the building rather than the interior.

    Hope this helps - and any more questions please ask!

    Alice
    2nd Year Food Science Student
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    (Original post by yooj98)
    Hi.

    How is the general social life in Bridges, Childs and Mackinder halls? Also which of these halls ten to have majority of the first year students? I've heard that some halls tend to place more postgraduate students?

    Thanks.
    Hi yooj98

    All halls are social in different ways!
    Childs and Mackinder are in park group which is a big cluster of different halls near to the centre of campus. So there are lots of people you will have to chance to meet and socialise with. In the middle of park group there is Park bar where you can get a meal or snack if you are catered. Even if you are not catered it is still nice to go if you don't fancy cooking. As well it is a bar and has a pool table. If you join a society, a lot of them like to start their socials there. Mackinder and Childs are also nearer to the sports park which is another great way to meet people at the clubs which meet there.

    Bridges is also social, it is two minutes walk from the student's union and also has the Ice Bar two minutes away located in Wessex Hall. There is a Junior Common room too which everyone is free to use. Last year me and my friends liked to go there when I'm a Celeb was on as we didn't have a TV in our flat to watch it on!
    I think neither hall is particularly more social, because the first friends you will make are the ones in your flat. All of these three halls are located on campus and nowhere is very far to walk to.

    Regarding post graduate students, I am not entirely sure of the system the university use to place them in halls. The only information I am aware of is that in Bridges all the premium en suite rooms are for post graduates only. But that still leaves the townhouses in Bridges and the premium rooms with shared bathrooms which I was in last year.

    Hope this has answered your questions.
    Any more that you can think of feel free to ask!

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