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    I'm looking for accomodation for attending the University of Sheffield, and I'm wondering how private accomodation in Sheffield compares to uni accomodation. I'm not really interested in Ranmoor or Endcliffe, but rather Allen Court and the like.
    Right now, I've got 3 accomodations on my list that I'm seriously considering, those being Fenton House (iQ), Allen Court, and Cornerhouse(fresh student living).
    Is there anyone who's lived in any of these accomodations, and could you give me any advice?
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    I'd say you generally get better support at the uni accommodation, and everyone will be in the same boat of being a brand new first year if you go for a flat with the uni. Allen Court is also insanely close to uni and the Diamond and St. George's Church in particular if you're an Engineering or Psychology student as you will have a lot of lectures there. This has the downside that your cardio will go to crap if you don't make yourself go for runs or at least long walks, and Sheffield is full of hills so you really need to keep your cardio in check.

    iQ is generally lower quality accommodation with less than great support, Fresh Student Living (who run Cornerhouse) is higher quality accommodation with fantastic maintenance support and weekly events (usually free sweets, breakfasts, stuff like that). Cornerhouse is really aimed at later years rather than 1st years, and additionally most of the rooms are sold out now, the only ones left are those on the lower floors (not ideal given you're in a student house and right across from Sheffield 2 which is a bit rowdy at times) and more expensive studios/twodios.

    Personally I would go for Allen Court as it's best to be in uni accommodation for the first year. For later years, Cornerhouse is good but I would go for private housing with some friends, or if you really want halls then go for Rockingham house which offers pretty much the same rooms but it's closer to uni, the room layout is better,and it's a lot cheaper, the downside is that the interior design is a bit older and you won't get the same weekly events.
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    (Original post by Helloworld_95)
    I'd say you generally get better support at the uni accommodation, and everyone will be in the same boat of being a brand new first year if you go for a flat with the uni. Allen Court is also insanely close to uni and the Diamond and St. George's Church in particular if you're an Engineering or Psychology student as you will have a lot of lectures there. This has the downside that your cardio will go to crap if you don't make yourself go for runs or at least long walks, and Sheffield is full of hills so you really need to keep your cardio in check.

    iQ is generally lower quality accommodation with less than great support, Fresh Student Living (who run Cornerhouse) is higher quality accommodation with fantastic maintenance support and weekly events (usually free sweets, breakfasts, stuff like that). Cornerhouse is really aimed at later years rather than 1st years, and additionally most of the rooms are sold out now, the only ones left are those on the lower floors (not ideal given you're in a student house and right across from Sheffield 2 which is a bit rowdy at times) and more expensive studios/twodios.

    Personally I would go for Allen Court as it's best to be in uni accommodation for the first year. For later years, Cornerhouse is good but I would go for private housing with some friends, or if you really want halls then go for Rockingham house which offers pretty much the same rooms but it's closer to uni, the room layout is better,and it's a lot cheaper, the downside is that the interior design is a bit older and you won't get the same weekly events.
    I've not heard amazingly positive things about Allen Court in terms of reviews, though. In addition, the facilities look a little bit less clandestine than the private accomodations. Is it a bit of a social handicap not to stay in uni accomodation?
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    (Original post by fashionablylait)
    I've not heard amazingly positive things about Allen Court in terms of reviews, though. In addition, the facilities look a little bit less clandestine than the private accomodations. Is it a bit of a social handicap not to stay in uni accomodation?
    Having been at the uni for the last 5 years, two of those as a fresher, and another two with close friends living in Allen Court, I would say the worst thing I've heard about Allen Court is that it's just ok. Some people will see it as less social than Endcliffe or Ranmoor though this hasn't been the case for a long time, and even then, compared to private halls it would still be better.

    Yes, I would say living outside of uni halls in first year is a bit of a social handicap, to use your terminology. This applies to any City accommodation, including Allen Court, as you make a lot of good friendships on the walk home from lectures to Endcliffe or Ranmoor. Though uni accommodation in the City would be the lesser of two evils.
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    (Original post by Helloworld_95)
    Having been at the uni for the last 5 years, two of those as a fresher, and another two with close friends living in Allen Court, I would say the worst thing I've heard about Allen Court is that it's just ok. Some people will see it as less social than Endcliffe or Ranmoor though this hasn't been the case for a long time, and even then, compared to private halls it would still be better.

    Yes, I would say living outside of uni halls in first year is a bit of a social handicap, to use your terminology. This applies to any City accommodation, including Allen Court, as you make a lot of good friendships on the walk home from lectures to Endcliffe or Ranmoor. Though uni accommodation in the City would be the lesser of two evils.
    Thanks for the advice. I'd be hesitant to move to Ranmoor or Endcliffe, since I've grown up in smaller towns my whole life and would like to be right in the middle of things.
    Appreciate the help!
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    (Original post by fashionablylait)
    Thanks for the advice. I'd be hesitant to move to Ranmoor or Endcliffe, since I've grown up in smaller towns my whole life and would like to be right in the middle of things.
    Appreciate the help!
    Hey, I'm a postgrad at Sheffield currently living in Endcliffe. I also did my undergrad at Sheffield and lived in Endcliffe in my first year. I would definitely recommend uni halls for your first year, whether that be in Endcliffe, Ranmoor, or Allen Court. You get 24/7 support, as well as easy access to a lot of social events which go on at the residences. Living in uni owned halls is also great for making friends as the vast majority of freshers live there in their first year.

    Even if you live in Endcliffe or Ranmoor, you'll be right in the middle of things. There's always something going on and even though you're not right in the city centre, getting there is super easy and cheap. Getting a taxi into town from Endcliffe costs about £7, which makes it super cheap if you share with friends. There's also the 120 bus which goes from both Ranmoor and Endcliffe and the city centre which only costs £1 with your student card. I love the lively atmosphere in Endcliffe as there's so much going on, but it's still in a super nice bit of town. I'm saying this as someone like you who grew up in a tiny town where a taxi cost £50 one way and the bus £10 return to the nearest clubs and shops.
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    (Original post by fashionablylait)
    Thanks for the advice. I'd be hesitant to move to Ranmoor or Endcliffe, since I've grown up in smaller towns my whole life and would like to be right in the middle of things.
    Appreciate the help!
    Honestly, if you're in private accommodation it'll feel a lot more isolating as there are fewer students around. Plus a lot of them tend to be internationals who haven't really come to uni to socialise. If you want a good social life your best bet is Ranmoor or Endcliffe. That's where the majority of students are and where all the parties will be. They're also both next to Broomhill which is always full of students doing their shopping or going to the pub. Genuinely think it'd be a big mistake to not choose Ranmoor or Endcliffe in first year. It is a bit further out but it's worth it.
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    (Original post by fashionablylait)
    Hey!
    I'm looking for accomodation for attending the University of Sheffield, and I'm wondering how private accomodation in Sheffield compares to uni accomodation. I'm not really interested in Ranmoor or Endcliffe, but rather Allen Court and the like.
    Right now, I've got 3 accomodations on my list that I'm seriously considering, those being Fenton House (iQ), Allen Court, and Cornerhouse(fresh student living).
    Is there anyone who's lived in any of these accomodations, and could you give me any advice?
    Hi, I don't know about Sheffield accommodation because I didn't study there but I wanted to give general advice.

    In my uni town, I lived in private student accommodation. I wanted somewhere that felt like a home from home so city centre accommodation with double bed, tv in the room and ensuite felt the best option when wanting to move away from home for the first time.

    I would go and have a look and get advice. I live in the city centre of my town and I still got on well with my flat mates even if they didn't study at my uni. Someone I know lived with a third year student in the accommodation but found it really nice to live with someone who knew what uni was like!

    What I would say is where you live isn't such a big barrier. I still lived with students and chatted to them and met up with friends cause they just happened to not live in the same accommodation as me.

    Do what makes you feel most comfortable. I have friends that commute to uni too including in their first year so please don't worry about not making friends
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