What is the accommodation at Keele like???? Watch

Tired_Sphinx
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 2 months ago
#1
I was only able to see the shared flats and the Holly oaks ensuite during the open day.
How are you supposed to share a kitchen with 20+people? Are any of the rooms recently new-ish apart from the Barnes ones (they are way too expensive for me to even look at)? What are the cleaners like? At the moment I'm considering the shared flats as they have less people in the kitchen and bathrooms, are the ones at Horwood nice, is there enough cupboard and fridge space? Does the wifi survive the countryside or does it cut out every so often?

Sorry for so many questions
0
reply
Anonymous #1
#2
Report 2 months ago
#2
Hey! the wifi's really great tbh as it's on the eduroam system, the only problem I have had was on the first few days as there was sooo many people on campus connecting to the wifi. I do live in Oaks so that may be different in other halls and I can only speak for my experiences there. In Oaks/Holly Cross we share a kitchen between 8 of us and it's never been a problem and I've never really heard of others complaining too much about sharing with more people. Yes it's very daunting and weird at first but eventually the kitchen becomes almost the hotspot of social activity and we tend to gather there a lot. The cleaners are lovely, just make sure you wake up and clear off your worktops before they come unlocking your door whilst you're still half asleep. Feel free to ask any more questions! xx
1
reply
Keele Student Ambassador1
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#3
Report 2 months ago
#3
(Original post by Tired_Sphinx)
I was only able to see the shared flats and the Holly oaks ensuite during the open day.
How are you supposed to share a kitchen with 20+people? Are any of the rooms recently new-ish apart from the Barnes ones (they are way too expensive for me to even look at)? What are the cleaners like? At the moment I'm considering the shared flats as they have less people in the kitchen and bathrooms, are the ones at Horwood nice, is there enough cupboard and fridge space? Does the wifi survive the countryside or does it cut out every so often?

Sorry for so many questions
Hey there! If you would like to live in an en-suite, you might want to check out the en-suites in the Barnes X and W blocks. They are the cheapest en-suites you can get. There are also the en-suites in Lindsay Court and Holly Cross and the Oaks. These are more expensive than the ones in Barnes W and X but cheaper than the new accommodation in Barnes Y and Z. You can also take a look at the four person shared flats in Barnes if you are not too keen on sharing the kitchen and the toilet with a lot of people. Horwood offers shared flats with 8 people as well. I will attach a link below that will take you to the page on the Keele website, with the different types of accommodation and prices so you can get a specific idea about the costs.

https://www.keele.ac.uk/discover/acc...mmodationfees/

I lived in Barnes last year and I have to say that I never experienced any problems with the internet. My phone and laptop always connected to it without any problems and it was pretty fast as well. The cleaners were really nice and understanding. They will pass a note through your door the day before your room will get cleaned and all you have to do is clear your desk and floor so they can wipe down the surfaces and hoover the floor!
Hope this helps! If you have got any other questions, please don't hesitate ask!
2
reply
04MR17
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#4
Report 2 months ago
#4
Cupboard and fridge space in Horwood? Not a chance.

Barnes shared flat is a good one to get in my personal view, but regardless of where you are your experience in halls is going to be significantly affected by who you're living with.

In terms of age, after New Barnes the newest blocks on campus are Holly Cross and the Oaks. Which opened in the mid-late 90s. :ahee:
0
reply
therandomperson
Badges: 16
Rep:
?
#5
Report 2 months ago
#5
(Original post by Tired_Sphinx)
I was only able to see the shared flats and the Holly oaks ensuite during the open day.
How are you supposed to share a kitchen with 20+people? Are any of the rooms recently new-ish apart from the Barnes ones (they are way too expensive for me to even look at)? What are the cleaners like? At the moment I'm considering the shared flats as they have less people in the kitchen and bathrooms, are the ones at Horwood nice, is there enough cupboard and fridge space? Does the wifi survive the countryside or does it cut out every so often?

Sorry for so many questions
Hello, I'm currently in Lindsay Hall Block A but like Horwood we also have a high kitchen share ratio (we have 24 rooms, for 360 image of our kitchen see link below)
https://www.keele.ac.uk/docs/virtual...Kitchen1_.html

1) How are you supposed to share a kitchen with 20+ people?
I remember being in your situation but it really is true that not everyone will eat at the same time, The most I think I have seen in the kitchen at once was 4 (including myself) , 1 at the far oven, 1 waiting for a kettle to boil and another using a microwave and me drying my dishes. I can say with confidence that even after 10 weeks there is still probably some people in my block that I haven't seen. for space the freezers all come with 4 draws and the fridges come with about 4 spaces (not including the door which is usually just used for milk & butter). with 4 of each there in theory should only be space for 16 people but usually there is still a lot of spaces for the others to put things, (some people only take up half a shelf). One thing you will unfortunately notice is other people seem to not wash their dishes so the sides by the sinks will rarely be clear. (I guess this is just to be expected with a student accommodation). Most people do not eat in the Kitchen and will take their food to their rooms.

2) Are any of the rooms recently new-ish apart from the Barnes ones?
I believe Horwood may have had some work done recently however I am not too sure about this i'm afraid. after barns i think the newest are Holly Cross and the Oaks.

3) What are the cleaners like?
Different blocks will have different cleaners (change year by year, i believe male blocks get a male cleaner, female blocks get a female cleaner etc.) For us we have Andrew and he is a really chill guy, it's surprising how clean he can make the kitchen after the state in which some of the others in the block leave it. For accommodation in general the bins in the kitchen and by the entrance of the block are emptied very frequently (multiple times a week) and when the time comes to clean your room your blocks cleaner will leave a laminate sheet under your door a day before stating "YOUR ROOM WILL BE CLEANED TOMORROW, PLEASE CLEAR YOUR DESK TOPS AND FLOOR AREA PLACING ITEMS ON THE BED, Your waste will be emptied- larger rubbish should be separated for recycling and placed in the respective kitchen bins, Do not leave any rubbish outside your room causing obstruction and fire hazards. Please leave this notice on your desk top for collection." cleaning is usually vacuuming the carpet, (removing cobwebs from the summer break), emptying your bin and replacing the bag. wiping down desktops and windowsills. (the en-suites will also get cleaning of their bathroom probably)

4) At the moment I'm considering the shared flats as they have less people in the kitchen and bathrooms, are the ones at Horwood nice, is there enough cupboard and fridge space?
360 photo of horwood Kitchen
https://www.keele.ac.uk/docs/virtual...Kitchen1_.html
I haven't seen the Horwood bathrooms so am unable to tell how many toilets and showers there are or the overall size. (For us in Lindsay A we have 3 floors with a bathroom (large with 3 showers, 3 sinks, 2 toilets) on the ground and second floor with the first floor having a smaller 1 toilet and 1 shower, The showers are actually the same ones used in the en-suite bathrooms (The non-touch ones that end up burning your back if you are turned away from it and accidentally stand too close to the sensor for increasing the heat.). Same thing as with the kitchen not everyone will need to use it at the same time so you are extremely likely to be in there on your own.)
^side note, unfortunately as people settle in most blocks will usually get at least one food thief so others tend to only put the essentials that have to be in the kitchen in the fridges,cupboards,freezers and keep the rest in their room. (for us our food thief started stealing on the second week onwards.)

5) Does the wifi survive the countryside or does it cut out every so often?
The wifi is good with a strong signal strength (currently for me -57 dBm) and hasn't cut out. throughout your block you will have routers which allow you to connect to the eduroam network (There's also a network called Keele 5 in some blocks) The speeds are okay but have been capped at 100mbps down and up (as opposed to other university like Lancaster where you can get over 400mbps on their own network.)
2
reply
Tired_Sphinx
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#6
Report Thread starter 4 weeks ago
#6
Hi again,

Does anyone know what Taylor house is like???
Any advice for moving in or what stuff to bring that you wouldn't normally consider?
Can students use the allotments, how does that work?
0
reply
Anonymous #1
#7
Report 4 weeks ago
#7
(Original post by Tired_Sphinx)
Hi again,

Does anyone know what Taylor house is like???
Any advice for moving in or what stuff to bring that you wouldn't normally consider?
Can students use the allotments, how does that work?
To be honest I've never even heard of Taylor house but that might just be me being absolutely stupid. Advice = you don't need your whole wardrobe. No clue how I'm going to move everything out at the end of the year lmao
0
reply
Keele Student Ambassador1
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#8
Report 4 weeks ago
#8
(Original post by Tired_Sphinx)
Hi again,

Does anyone know what Taylor house is like???
Any advice for moving in or what stuff to bring that you wouldn't normally consider?
Can students use the allotments, how does that work?
Hello there! Lindsay Taylor house consist of bedrooms in traditional university accommodation blocks. These have washbasins in bedrooms with shared bathrooms and kitchens with tables or breakfast bars.
If you want to know about Lindsay or the other halls and the types of room they have to offer you can use this link-https://www.keele.ac.uk/discover/accommodation/ouraccommodation/
If you click on "Lindsay" and go to the "360 photographs" option, you can see what the rooms look like. You will find the "classic" rooms in the Taylor house.

As for your question on the allotments, there are weekly gardening sessions in the allotments that you can join. If you want to grow anything specific you need to request it from "Student eats." You can simply talk to the leader of the gardening session about this and they will pas the information onto Student eats.

Hope this helps! Please don't hesitate to ask any other questions!
Last edited by Keele Student Ambassador1; 4 weeks ago
0
reply
Tired_Sphinx
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#9
Report Thread starter 3 weeks ago
#9
Hi,

When you apply for the accommodation can you choose what block you would like to be in or is it just the halls and then the type of room? Also, can you put down preferences e.g. single/mix gender, quiet, non-alcoholic?
Is applying for accommodation on a first-come-first-served basis?
0
reply
Keele Student Ambassador1
Badges: 8
Rep:
?
#10
Report 3 weeks ago
#10
(Original post by Tired_Sphinx)
Hi,

When you apply for the accommodation can you choose what block you would like to be in or is it just the halls and then the type of room? Also, can you put down preferences e.g.single/mix gender, quiet, non-alcoholic?
Is applying for accommodation on a first-come-first-served basis?
Hello there!
From what I remember when I applied for accommodation last year, you can put down three choices on your application, in the order of most preferred type of room to least preferred type of room. Unfortunately, you can only put down the hall and type of room. However, you can ask for single or mixed gender flats. You can't ask for quiet or non-alcoholic flats specifically. However, I didn't use to drink myself when I was a first year but I was in a flat with a good mix of people who do and don't drink.

As for your question on whether accommodation is on a first come, first served basis, I don't think it is. Like I said before, you have to put down three preferences and the university will try their best to offer you your first choice.

Hope this helps Please don't hesitate to ask any other questions!
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

Has your university offer been reduced?

Yes (45)
32.85%
No (70)
51.09%
Don't know (22)
16.06%

Watched Threads

View All