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Please can someone talk me through (honest) reviews of the different first year living options?
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Hi there,
In first year, there is a massive range of accommodation both in the city and on campus. I'll try and walk through them from my personal experience, and also provide some information from my friends and some useful links. There are Circuit Laundry laundrettes for all of the acommodations - its pretty common knowledge that Circuit laundry is expensive and doesn't work very well, but you only have to deal with it for a year and its the same at all universities. It's also important to note that there are accessible rooms available if you have a disability/medical condition, and you can also request quite, alcohol free or single gender accommodation.
CITY ACCOMMODATION
There are 3 different city accommodation buildings in the city for undergraduates:
- John Wood Building
- John Wood Court
- Carpenter House
I haven't personally been to any of these accommodations, but they are of the same quality as the buildings on campus. They are all self-catered, and there are options of shared bathrooms or en-suite. A lot of people don't want to live in city accommodation as you have to get the bus to campus, instead of having the convenience of already living on campus so not having to commute. However, you will have to do this after first year when you move into private accommodation, and from what I've been told by friends who lived in these accommodations, it really isn't a problem (aside from having to pay ~£250-£300 for the bus pass, but again you'll need this in subsequent years). The general consensus is the city accommodation is pretty social and fun to live in, and its very convenient for shopping, going into town or nights out as you are right in the city centre instead of having to get the bus.
CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION
There's a huge range of different room types of campus, so there's something for everyone's preferences and budgets.
Catered
In the catered accommodations, you still obviously have a kitchen but part of what you pay for rent weekly gets loaded onto your library card as Eat & Drink credit, which you use to buy food from the eateries on campus (hence, its catered).
Brendon Court
This is one of the cheaper accommodation options, and is very central. It is one of the older ones, so the decor may not be as nice as some of the others but this isn't really an issue. According the the Bath website, you have a kitchenete with everything but a fridge, as you have a kettle & mini-fridge in your room (as since its catered, you only need the kitchen to make light meals and snacks). Everyone that I know who lived here really enjoyed it and since you live in larger flats, its very social. From what I know, it is mostly international students that live here (as its cheaper, and they have to pay higher tuition fees).
Polden Court
Polden is one of the more expensive options, as the rooms are all ensuite and some of these are double bedrooms. As with Brendon, you have a kitchenette and then a kettle & fridge in your room, as you've got Eat & Drink credit to get catered. The first floor has smaller flats of 5-8 people, and the other floors are flats of 22-24 students. Polden is really nice in terms of the size and decor of the rooms, and you have the options of larger 22-24 people flats if you want the more social aspect. However, it is right down the other end of campus so it's further from all the main campus buildings and lecture theatres. Polden also has a large social space on the ground floor.
Part-Catered
The Quads
Quads is the only part catered accommodation, meaning you have a fully equipped kitchen to cook some meals, but some of your rent gets loaded to your library card as Eat & Drink credit to buy some of your other meals. The rooms are all ensuite, and you live in flats of 8-10 people. There are also large living social spaces shared between 2 flats, so the Quads is generally very social and people usually host pres/parties here. As you have an extra social space, the bedrooms are very small and stuffy. Its also one of the most expensive options. However, everyone who lives here loves it. So, the pros are its very social and you have an ensuite and the big social space, and its very central, cons are the bedrooms aren't spacious or particularly comfy, and there's always parties being hosted there so the flats tend to be quite noisy and messy.
Self-Catered
Westwood
Westwood is one of the older accommodations so the decor isn't great, but you live in a house of 16-22 students with 2-3 kitchens and 3-4 showers/toilets. Its also one of the cheaper options and is again very central. It is very social accommodation and everyone I know who lived here loved it.
Eastwood
Eastwood is very similar to Westwood, in that its central and one of the older, cheaper accommodations, but you live in houses of 11-13 students with shared bathrooms and kitchen. It is very social accommodation, and there are also shared bedrooms which are super cheap.
Norwood House
My best friends lived here in first year and loved it. It has shared bathrooms and is very central, right above the SU. This means it can be a bit noisy (but you get free entry to the campus club nights if you live on the bottom 2 floors to compensate) but the flats are of 7-11 people so its very social. You also have a big social space for the building to use. It's also one of the cheapest accommodation options. From my experience living in a smaller flat, I would've rather lived somewhere like Norwood and had a more social flat and saved some money.
Marlborough & Solsbury Court
This is where I lived. The bedrooms are really big and spacious which I loved, and ensuite. You have a combined kitchen & living room which is nice for socialising, and plenty of storage space in the kitchen. These are really central accommodations (right next to the main lecture building). However, they are also one of the more expensive options and you live in fairly small flats of 5-7 students. This means its less social and fairly quiet, which may be what you want, but in my case I would've rather lived in a cheaper, more social accommodation and saved some money but had a better time socially.
Woodland Court
Woodland court has ensuite rooms (which are double rooms and one fo the most expensive options), as well as cheaper shared ensuite rooms (which are one of the cheapest options). It is fairly central and very social as the flats are of quite a few people.

That's what I know from personal opinion/experience, but if you follow the links you can look at the university website pages with the full details of the accommodations, as well as 360 tours. You might also want to use Student Crowd, where past students review their accommodation.

I think my main advice would be to not prioritise things like having an ensuite that aren't really that important (i.e. you will have to share a bathroom in most private housing later anyway), and think more about whether or not the accommodation is a fit for you socially. If you like more quite and down-time, a smaller flat mgiht be more suitable, but if you're quite social and outgoing, you might want to consider looking at flats that have more people.

I hope this has helped, and if you have any more questions please let me know,
Jessica, a second year Natural Sciences student
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hey can I ask, if the rooms in the quads are all the same, bc I saw on uni of bath's flickr account a room that was wider but didnt have the layout of an accessible room. thanks x
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hey can I ask, if the rooms in the quads are all the same, bc I saw on uni of bath's flickr account a room that was wider but didnt have the layout of an accessible room. thanks x
Hi there,

I was in Quads last year and as far as I'm aware, aside from accessible rooms and post-grad rooms (which I only knew one of), all rooms in quads are exactly the same - no matter which building or floor.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Katie, 2nd year Modern Languages student
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Hi, I applied for accommodation yesterday and I was wondering how likely you are to get one of your top 3 choices because I’ve heard different things?
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(Original post by ecarpe1606)
Hi, I applied for accommodation yesterday and I was wondering how likely you are to get one of your top 3 choices because I’ve heard different things?
There's no stat for it. The website says 80% but we gotta wait and see if we get it, i suppose
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Hi, I was wondering if the eat and drink credit is optional? I want to apply for the polden court accommodation but if its with catering its too expensive.
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Hi there,
Generally, most people get one of their top 3 options. Myself and all my friends all got our 1st or 2nd choice, in fact. However, it does depend on which accommodations you choose (i.e. if you put the most popular accommodation as your 1st choice, it is less likely that you will get it). It will also change by year depending on the circumsatnces, e.g. if one accomodation is more popular that year. From what I was told when applying, the accommmodation is allocted randomly by computer to maximise the number of people in their top choices, so while it isn't guaranteed obviously, virutally everyone does get one of their top 3 options.
I hope this has helped,
Jessica, a second year Natural Sciences student
(Original post by ecarpe1606)
Hi, I applied for accommodation yesterday and I was wondering how likely you are to get one of your top 3 choices because I’ve heard different things?
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I am fairly certan that the eat and drink credit is compulsory in catered/part-catered accommodations, as it is included as part of your rent payment. You cannot live in catered/part-catered accommodation without having eat and drink credit. If you like the look of Polden but don't want catering, perhaps look into Marlborough/Solsbury (also ensuite, large sized bedrooms but far more central on campus than Polden), or Woodland Court (which has double bed ensuite rooms).
I hope this has helped,
Jessica, a second year Natural Sciences student
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Hi, I was wondering if the eat and drink credit is optional? I want to apply for the polden court accommodation but if its with catering its too expensive.
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Westwood is an absolute dump. Seriously. Don't pick it. Other than that they're all fine to be honest, any issues people have are generally with the people they live with rather than the accommodation itself; thankfully I don't fit into that category, I basically won the lottery in regards to flatmates. Some people I am close to have not had quite the same experience. I'd go for Quads (if you have the money to pay for it) or Norwood. I know a few who live in Marlborough/Solsbury and the large room is nice but there doesn't seem to be much in terms of social space which the accommodations I previously mentioned have. People seem to really like Polden but it's not really my vibe.

Unrelated point, but I don't know anyone who lives in Polden who isn't an International student, oddly.

Woodland seems nice but I've only set foot in it once, can't really comment. Eastwood is a bit of a tip but I'd happily live there, I find it a much more homely tip than Westwood, which, as I touched upon before, feels like a prison. The only people I know who live there only do so because Bath wasn't their firm choice and it was the only on-campus accommodation available upon signing up to their course.
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Thank you that’s very helpful! I’m not choosing between Eastwood and Brendon court. Is Brendon court mainly international? Do you know if the catered food is good? Also, I know people are saying Eastwood is better overall than Westwood but do you actually know people who’ve lived there?
(Original post by MongoDB)Westwood is an absolute dump. Seriously. Don't pick it. Other than that they're all fine to be honest, any issues people have are generally with the people they live with rather than the accommodation itself; thankfully I don't fit into that category, I basically won the lottery in regards to flatmates. Some people I am close to have not had quite the same experience. I'd go for Quads (if you have the money to pay for it) or Norwood. I know a few who live in Marlborough/Solsbury and the large room is nice but there doesn't seem to be much in terms of social space which the accommodations I previously mentioned have. People seem to really like Polden but it's not really my vibe.

Unrelated point, but I don't know anyone who lives in Polden who isn't an International student, oddly.

Woodland seems nice but I've only set foot in it once, can't really comment. Eastwood is a bit of a tip but I'd happily live there, I find it a much more homely tip than Westwood, which, as I touched upon before, feels like a prison. The only people I know who live there only do so because Bath wasn't their firm choice and it was the only on-campus accommodation available upon signing up to their course.
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*I’m now choosing between Eastwood and Brendon court
(Original post by whichuni050100)
Thank you that’s very helpful! I’m not choosing between Eastwood and Brendon court. Is Brendon court mainly international? Do you know if the catered food is good? Also, I know people are saying Eastwood is better overall than Westwood but do you actually know people who’ve lived there?
(Original post by MongoDB)Westwood is an absolute dump. Seriously. Don't pick it. Other than that they're all fine to be honest, any issues people have are generally with the people they live with rather than the accommodation itself; thankfully I don't fit into that category, I basically won the lottery in regards to flatmates. Some people I am close to have not had quite the same experience. I'd go for Quads (if you have the money to pay for it) or Norwood. I know a few who live in Marlborough/Solsbury and the large room is nice but there doesn't seem to be much in terms of social space which the accommodations I previously mentioned have. People seem to really like Polden but it's not really my vibe.

Unrelated point, but I don't know anyone who lives in Polden who isn't an International student, oddly.

Woodland seems nice but I've only set foot in it once, can't really comment. Eastwood is a bit of a tip but I'd happily live there, I find it a much more homely tip than Westwood, which, as I touched upon before, feels like a prison. The only people I know who live there only do so because Bath wasn't their firm choice and it was the only on-campus accommodation available upon signing up to their course.
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Very helpful, thanks. Out of Eastwood and Brendon Court which would you pick?
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Westwood is an absolute dump. Seriously. Don't pick it. Other than that they're all fine to be honest, any issues people have are generally with the people they live with rather than the accommodation itself; thankfully I don't fit into that category, I basically won the lottery in regards to flatmates. Some people I am close to have not had quite the same experience. I'd go for Quads (if you have the money to pay for it) or Norwood. I know a few who live in Marlborough/Solsbury and the large room is nice but there doesn't seem to be much in terms of social space which the accommodations I previously mentioned have. People seem to really like Polden but it's not really my vibe.

Unrelated point, but I don't know anyone who lives in Polden who isn't an International student, oddly.

Woodland seems nice but I've only set foot in it once, can't really comment. Eastwood is a bit of a tip but I'd happily live there, I find it a much more homely tip than Westwood, which, as I touched upon before, feels like a prison. The only people I know who live there only do so because Bath wasn't their firm choice and it was the only on-campus accommodation available upon signing up to their course.
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Very helpful, thanks. Out of Eastwood and Brendon Court which would you pick?
Honestly, depends if you want to be catered or not I guess. Brendon's probably a bit nicer as an accommodation.
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