I just read a review on Pennsylvania courts, saying how the girl enjoyed it there but it wasn't very social and was too private.
I'm feeling really nervous now, as I really wanted to go there and have been offered a place.
Does anyone have any experiences of it? x
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- 21-08-2008 22:22
- 21-08-2008 22:39
I spent one night there last week.
My opinion? I didn't like it personally. I know its not a proper analogy as its not term time, but I found it to be lacking in character in much the same way as Birks and Holland lack character - just felt enclosed, purpose built and un-homely. What is with those fire doors on each floor? You need the key to your specific floor to open them, making socialising with other floors a little difficult at the best of times.
Also, personally I think En-Suite is massively overrated. Never in my life would I pay the extra money just to have what is basically a closet with shower, basin and toilet - the whole experience did nothing for me.
On the plus side, it is close to town, but for some reason I felt it was a little 'cut off' from the rest of campus like I feel Duryard (was) and Birks is.
But don't worry about it I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time, everyone does! Don't worry so much about the place, it may be clichéd to say, but it really is the people that make it.
- 24-08-2008 18:12
I lived in Penny C in my first year - I absolutley loved it. Ok it perhaps doesn't have as much character as some of the other places but then you do eat your meals in Lopes which has tons of character.
As for it being anti-social thats just a rumour, our year had quite a few formals and had the best Summer ball at the end of our year there. Whats more there is a lawn outside Lopes which in the summer is teeming with people playing sports etc. We even had several BBQs there (provided by the staff). However I do agree with the lockable doors they are highly annoying especially if you live in the room next to the door - as you will then have people knocking on the door to come in. Though I think this is the same with any of the new builds and has been made for added security.
The en-suite was brilliant and is better than in Holland as you have a proper shower cubicle instead of a wet room. You also get someone coming round to hoover your room once a week and clean your bathroom once a fortnight.
Distances wise Penny C is probably one of the closer residences to town and is pretty close to campus (at first I thought 10mins walk was a long way but in second year lived 30mins walk away, so seems like no distance at all now!).
So not to worry its a great place to live
- 25-08-2008 19:02
i also spent my first year in penny c and wouldn't have changed it for the world. the locks on corridor doors are a godsend in my opinion as they stop unwanted people running through and making a racket after nights out (not that we didn't ever do that ourselves...) especially if you're in C, D and E blocks/theifs... (there were a few scares in first year, i once saw a dodgy looking man get let into f block as someone was leaving and then watched him proceed to try to enter every corridor, thankfully he couldn't get into any) it also means you can leave your room unlocked when you're in someone elses room etc, i trusted everyone on my corridor to lookout for each other so never had any trouble. as for atmosphere there is plenty! admittedly the people do make it but i wouldn't worry. having to walk to lopes for food meant you're constantly bumping into people, even those who tended to keep to themselves more. whenever i was in my room i'd have my balcony door open and people always used to walk past and shout up, then someone else would hear and we'd all have a big chat. location wise, you're about a 5 minute quick walk from cornwall house/uppercrust woop and streatham court (business school) and another 5 minutes uphil from there is pretty much central campus, a great location. internal phones aswell mean you're not cut off. but seriously, IMO you've got the best of both worlds with penny c. you've got the new and modern rooms with the double beds/ensuite/possible balcony etc, with the tradition and character of lopes. i wouldn't be complaining!!
- 28-08-2008 16:22
I spent my first year there - I would do anything to go back! It is very sociable - you meet people from Randy P, Lopes Main too, there's the shared lawn outside etc. You'll get out of it what you put in.
Everyone was really sociable, there's a halls commitee that put on loads of socials, it's fantastic! The best halls, I am so so glad I went there!
The rooms are great, the staff are nice, the people were awesome in my year. Seriously - don't panic, don't think of the negatives. One person's experience doesn't mean the same will go for you.