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    I'm going to portsmouth in September with an Unconditional but I'm having trouble with picking accomodation.
    I like James Watson, Greetham and Margaret Rule but i can't pick between them!
    From the applicant day I saw yhat James Watson had quite roomy rooms. Is this the case with all the rooms?
    And I heard that Greetham and Margaret both have double beds and I really don't want that....
    Also what are the reputations for each?
    If anyone can give me anymore information about accomodation I'd be very grateful!
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    (Original post by CookieBearxox)
    I'm going to portsmouth in September with an Unconditional but I'm having trouble with picking accomodation.
    I like James Watson, Greetham and Margaret Rule but i can't pick between them!
    From the applicant day I saw yhat James Watson had quite roomy rooms. Is this the case with all the rooms?
    And I heard that Greetham and Margaret both have double beds and I really don't want that....
    Also what are the reputations for each?
    If anyone can give me anymore information about accomodation I'd be very grateful!
    A few of my freinds said Greetham is best for social life but also feeling like a home. I applied for Greetham and James Watson, happy with whatever... Just want a good balance of work and social
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    (Original post by Thane1)
    A few of my freinds said Greetham is best for social life but also feeling like a home. I applied for Greetham and James Watson, happy with whatever... Just want a good balance of work and social
    I also like James Watsom and Greetham but I feel like Greetham is expensive for how little room you get with a double bed.
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    (Original post by CookieBearxox)
    I also like James Watsom and Greetham but I feel like Greetham is expensive for how little room you get with a double bed.
    Yeah that is true. It is expensive but worth the money as you will meet loads of people in the flats, you have a massive common room and a double bed! I understand what you mean about the bed because I have always slept in a single, the main reason I chose Greetham was for the social and meeting new people
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    Hello! Just to clarify, the beds are 3/4 size (so not quiiiiiiite a double, but almost!), so you get something a little larger than a single. They are "Ottoman" style so you lift them up and you have storage underneath.
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    (Original post by UoPHousingTeam)
    Hello! Just to clarify, the beds are 3/4 size (so not quiiiiiiite a double, but almost!), so you get something a little larger than a single. They are "Ottoman" style so you lift them up and you have storage underneath.
    I did not know that. But it sounds cool to me
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    (Original post by UoPHousingTeam)
    Hello! Just to clarify, the beds are 3/4 size (so not quiiiiiiite a double, but almost!), so you get something a little larger than a single. They are "Ottoman" style so you lift them up and you have storage underneath.
    Is that the same for all the halls that have those beds? Cause that's pretty cool!
    Also which accommodation options have those kinds of beds cause I can't find that information anywhere!
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    (Original post by CookieBearxox)
    Is that the same for all the halls that have those beds? Cause that's pretty cool!
    Also which accommodation options have those kinds of beds cause I can't find that information anywhere!
    The halls with the 3/4 size beds are Catherine House, Margaret Rule Hall, Chaucer House and Greetham Street. I hope this helps!
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    I've stayed in Margaret rule and had friends in the others. Greetham Street, being the newest, is modern and has a nice common room, but as you mentioned, the rooms are pretty small with a 3/4 bed. I also think it's too pricey for what you get compared to the others. Kitchens were spacious too.

    James Watson has spacious/roomy rooms which is helped by the single beds (I haven't seem them all though so there may be some different). The place also seems older and not as modern as the others. Kitchens were also spacious too.

    I preferred Margaret rule as I saw it as a best of both. The rooms were spacious and had a 3/4 bed which was great and, because of the flats having been refurbished not long ago, it seemed newer. What was annoying however was how much the flat sizes seemed to vary. I'm not sure how much they differed in the other buildings, but I ended up in a small flat with a tiny kitchen (with no sofas) while a friend of mine in the same building had a huge kitchen with lots of seating area (which is obviously a bonus for social gatherings).

    I personally thought James Watson was the worst but that's because I prefer more modern places. And what's not to like about bigger beds?? :P

    Not sure what was meant above about 'feeling like home' and the social aspect of each as I think that depends more on the people you end up living with and around as apposed to the building.
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    I think the Chaucer building is currently being built, ready for 2018. Does this accommodation have a lobby area and if so could you describe it? Thanks.
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    (Original post by CookieBearxox)
    I'm going to portsmouth in September with an Unconditional but I'm having trouble with picking accomodation.
    I like James Watson, Greetham and Margaret Rule but i can't pick between them!
    From the applicant day I saw yhat James Watson had quite roomy rooms. Is this the case with all the rooms?
    And I heard that Greetham and Margaret both have double beds and I really don't want that....
    Also what are the reputations for each?
    If anyone can give me anymore information about accomodation I'd be very grateful!
    I saw James Watson on a tour yesterday, personally I found it very cramped and boxy. Personally I liked Greetham the best, its on the pricier side but the appeal and massive lounge area that overlooks the city really sold it to me.
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    (Original post by Red Herring)
    I've stayed in Margaret rule and had friends in the others. Greetham Street, being the newest, is modern and has a nice common room, but as you mentioned, the rooms are pretty small with a 3/4 bed. I also think it's too pricey for what you get compared to the others. Kitchens were spacious too.

    James Watson has spacious/roomy rooms which is helped by the single beds (I haven't seem them all though so there may be some different). The place also seems older and not as modern as the others. Kitchens were also spacious too.

    I preferred Margaret rule as I saw it as a best of both. The rooms were spacious and had a 3/4 bed which was great and, because of the flats having been refurbished not long ago, it seemed newer. What was annoying however was how much the flat sizes seemed to vary. I'm not sure how much they differed in the other buildings, but I ended up in a small flat with a tiny kitchen (with no sofas) while a friend of mine in the same building had a huge kitchen with lots of seating area (which is obviously a bonus for social gatherings).

    I personally thought James Watson was the worst but that's because I prefer more modern places. And what's not to like about bigger beds?? :P

    Not sure what was meant above about 'feeling like home' and the social aspect of each as I think that depends more on the people you end up living with and around as apposed to the building.
    I agree James Watsons kitchen area was shockingly small, with a small leather sofa shoved in the corner, the price didn't justify it :'D
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    I got an unconditional and chose Greetham Street as my first choice accommodation with Catherine House as second and Chaucer House as my third. I'm just worried about the sizes of the rooms because they seem really small for what we're paying for
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    I personally stayed in James Watson, wasn't the most amazing accommodation but no major complaints. In general it would have benefited from a bit of renovation (new paint, replacement of aging furniture, etc.) but it's student halls so there's a limit to what you can expect. To my knowledge it's also one of the older accommodation buildings, which factors in.

    Things that I wasn't a fan of (some of these are down to being in James Watson and others are that students suck):

    Bin situations: You have to take your rubbish down to the courtyards to put in the rubbish chutes. I was on the second floor, so not too bad but higher up it's going to be a pain. Additionally we had frequent problems of the bins being full and rubbish would literally be piling up outside. This isn't great if you want to use the courtyards or if you're overlooking them

    Walls are paper thin: I was unfortunate enough to be living in the room by the kitchen and was also directly above one of the courtyard doors. As a result, it was difficult to get any sleep as there was frequently someone in the kitchen getting drunk with friends at 2am. Being above the courtyard doors means you get the lovely smell of cigarette smoke (or anything else someone wanted to smoke) wafting through the window. It was necessary to have the window open though because it got way too hot in some of the rooms, even without the temperamental heating on

    Showers: Not sure if all the rooms are the same but the majority of James Watson rooms have wet rooms. Quite simply, the lack of divider for the shower meant that the floor was always wet. I had to buy a mop and often had to wear shoes in the bathroom

    Fire alarms: The regular Wednesday testing was fine but I was not a fan of how often some idiot would set off an alarm in the middle of the night

    Lifts: When we moved in, 2 out of the 3 lifts didn't work. I was fortunate, I stayed on the second floor so moving in wasn't too much hassle. But for students on the higher floors, they didn't have fun. Of course I don't expect this to happen again. But I also wouldn't have expected it to happen at all.

    Washing machines: The entirety of James Watson is served by 2 laundry rooms, with driers and washing machines stacked. From what I remember there were 6 washing machines and 6 driers in one block, with 5 washing machines and 7 driers in the other. One block had no laundry facility and had to go to one of the other blocks. That's not too much of an issue, although they frequently broke down. And if you ever had issues, the staff were of no help, you'd have to deal with problems like getting wrongly charged yourself because Unite don't manage the machines (Circuit laundry does). Can't say I was ever a fan of leaving my washing unattended with hundreds of other students around either and while I never had any major issues, trying to do laundry was always a pain

    Bad flatmates: The rest of the stuff I could live with. It's student accommodation and I don't expect it to be perfect. All the bad stuff was mitigated by the room size (it's a decent size) and proximity to the uni. But I absolutely could not stand my flatmates. I lived with 3 people who never cleaned, never washed up, were constantly noisy late at night, were dealing or doing drugs and in general made life hell. On separate occasions, they broke the cooker and the fridge, both of which needed replacing which took some time. And this was not something I had any control over, nor did I get any useful help when I wanted to move flats (which didn't end up happening). This isn't specific to James Watson of course, you could have this problem anywhere. But combined with all the other small issues it made my time in halls pretty poor.

    That said, I wouldn't claim that my experience was particularly representative of staying in halls. A lot of people, especially those who were more outgoing, wanted to get drunk, etc. had a good time. There were problems with James Watson though and unless they've been fixed it wouldn't be my first choice. If you've got any specific questions feel free to ask though.

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    (Original post by Georgia Pontin)
    I got an unconditional and chose Greetham Street as my first choice accommodation with Catherine House as second and Chaucer House as my third. I'm just worried about the sizes of the rooms because they seem really small for what we're paying for
    To be honest the accommodation seems very good value compared to other universities, Catherine house especially. It seems crazy that Catherine house costs just £4 a week more than James Watson.
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    I personally stayed in James Watson, wasn't the most amazing accommodation but no major complaints. In general it would have benefited from a bit of renovation (new paint, replacement of aging furniture, etc.) but it's student halls so there's a limit to what you can expect. To my knowledge it's also one of the older accommodation buildings, which factors in.

    Things that I wasn't a fan of (some of these are down to being in James Watson and others are that students suck):

    Bin situations: You have to take your rubbish down to the courtyards to put in the rubbish chutes. I was on the second floor, so not too bad but higher up it's going to be a pain. Additionally we had frequent problems of the bins being full and rubbish would literally be piling up outside. This isn't great if you want to use the courtyards or if you're overlooking them

    Walls are paper thin: I was unfortunate enough to be living in the room by the kitchen and was also directly above one of the courtyard doors. As a result, it was difficult to get any sleep as there was frequently someone in the kitchen getting drunk with friends at 2am. Being above the courtyard doors means you get the lovely smell of cigarette smoke (or anything else someone wanted to smoke) wafting through the window. It was necessary to have the window open though because it got way too hot in some of the rooms, even without the temperamental heating on

    Showers: Not sure if all the rooms are the same but the majority of James Watson rooms have wet rooms. Quite simply, the lack of divider for the shower meant that the floor was always wet. I had to buy a mop and often had to wear shoes in the bathroom

    Fire alarms: The regular Wednesday testing was fine but I was not a fan of how often some idiot would set off an alarm in the middle of the night

    Lifts: When we moved in, 2 out of the 3 lifts didn't work. I was fortunate, I stayed on the second floor so moving in wasn't too much hassle. But for students on the higher floors, they didn't have fun. Of course I don't expect this to happen again. But I also wouldn't have expected it to happen at all.

    Washing machines: The entirety of James Watson is served by 2 laundry rooms, with driers and washing machines stacked. From what I remember there were 6 washing machines and 6 driers in one block, with 5 washing machines and 7 driers in the other. One block had no laundry facility and had to go to one of the other blocks. That's not too much of an issue, although they frequently broke down. And if you ever had issues, the staff were of no help, you'd have to deal with problems like getting wrongly charged yourself because Unite don't manage the machines (Circuit laundry does). Can't say I was ever a fan of leaving my washing unattended with hundreds of other students around either and while I never had any major issues, trying to do laundry was always a pain

    Bad flatmates: The rest of the stuff I could live with. It's student accommodation and I don't expect it to be perfect. All the bad stuff was mitigated by the room size (it's a decent size) and proximity to the uni. But I absolutely could not stand my flatmates. I lived with 3 people who never cleaned, never washed up, were constantly noisy late at night, were dealing or doing drugs and in general made life hell. On separate occasions, they broke the cooker and the fridge, both of which needed replacing which took some time. And this was not something I had any control over, nor did I get any useful help when I wanted to move flats (which didn't end up happening). This isn't specific to James Watson of course, you could have this problem anywhere. But combined with all the other small issues it made my time in halls pretty poor.

    That said, I wouldn't claim that my experience was particularly representative of staying in halls. A lot of people, especially those who were more outgoing, wanted to get drunk, etc. had a good time. There were problems with James Watson though and unless they've been fixed it wouldn't be my first choice. If you've got any specific questions feel free to ask though.

    /rant
    That’s interesting. Thanks for sharing. Did you have the option of the newer accommodations such as Catherine house, Greatham Street and Margeret Rule Hall? If so, what made you choose James Watson over the other accommodations?
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    (Original post by MY_NAME_IS_JEFF1)
    That’s interesting. Thanks for sharing. Did you have the option of the newer accommodations such as Catherine house, Greatham Street and Margeret Rule Hall? If so, what made you choose James Watson over the other accommodations?
    When I started, Catherine House hadn't actually been built, it was under construction but this year is the first year anyway has actually been living in it.

    I also never got to choose my halls. When I applied there was a form to fill out for accommodation type. Rather than specifically choosing where you lived, you only got to choose the type of accommodation (catered or non-catered, ensuite or shared bathroom). James Watson is the accommodation I was assigned based on what I wanted (no way would I share a bathroom and I'd rather much rather cook for myself). That may or may not have changed as I was making this choice 2 years ago when only 90% of first years were guaranteed somewhere to live.

    If you are given the option to directly choose I'd recommend checking out as many places as you can online or via open days. Each hall offers something different and you can only really see what it's like to live there when you go there yourself. I've been told that Catherine House is much nicer than James Watson for example because it's more modern. I've also been told the rooms are smaller and since everything is fresh and new any damage is easy to spot (and charge you for).
 
 
 
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