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I've applied for self-catered accomodation.

I was wondering if I have to live in the uni accomodation for the whole academic year, or can I move out whenever?
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hey, just a couple of things to ask:

I will be doing the physical education course in september and was wondering which self-catered accomodation you would suggest, as in which is closest to where i will be studying? is there a good chance i will be put in with people doing the same course? thanks for any help you can give.
Anybody have any good suggestions for self catered halls 2009, Fun, friendly and up for a laugh???
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___hothead_
I've applied for self-catered accomodation.

I was wondering if I have to live in the uni accomodation for the whole academic year, or can I move out whenever?


As long as they get the rent they won't care. You will have to either stay until June or find someone else to take over the contract on your room, in which case they will pay the rent instead. Otherwise you need to keep paying the rent. I think there are special allowances such as if you have to move out for medical/family issues though.

Andy_libertine
I will be doing the physical education course in september and was wondering which self-catered accomodation you would suggest, as in which is closest to where i will be studying? is there a good chance i will be put in with people doing the same course? thanks for any help you can give.


Pick any in the central area. You're at Moray House so I guess the closest ones are Darroch and New Arthurs Place if you're wanting to be really specific. But to be honest it'll take you about 5 minutes to get there where ever you choose, perhaps with the exception of the Warrender ones, South Clerk Street and Sciennes where you're looking at about 10 minutes. Obviously don't pick the ones which are at Kings Buildings (its obvious when you look at a map) and you're sorted.

With regards to will you live with people who study your course, it totally depends. I lived with someone else doing my course in first year, but I think they mix you up a lot and its random pot luck really. I noticed that there tended to be science groups of flats and then arts subjects, but that could have just been out of the people I knew.

Graeme Armstrong
Anybody have any good suggestions for self catered halls 2009, Fun, friendly and up for a laugh???


Read the rest of this thread for the opinions, and read the wiki article which is referenced in the first post.

Whether your flat is fun, friendly and up for a laugh completely depends on the people who live there, not the building itself! People generally have a good time wherever they live, and where you live isn't the be all and end all of life at Edinburgh - some people have their best friends in their flats and live with them all the way through, and other people hate their flatmates and source their friends from elsewhere. It all depends on so many factors.
Reply 284
question about vet student's accommodation again... i know "nellied" has asked loads already in this thread but i still have lots of queries...

i'm an international student , considering GEP vet med in edinburgh, having the same problem as nellied, i've to find somewhere to stay by 10/8

do vet students in edinburgh rent houses near Easter Bush or is there accommodation available on site?

transport to and from the easter bush is very expensive as far as i know and i doubt the hours the bus runs meets the students' timetable...:frown:
Ok so I was just checking that my accomodation email came through, because i couldn't remember if it had. I looked through the email again and noticed it said this:

Accommodation Preferences=========================
Catering Preference CateredPreference 1 Chancellors Court, En-suite, Standard, £176.05 per week
Preference 2 Chancellors Court, En-suite, Large, £184.10 per week
Preference 3 Holland, En-suite, Large, £171.29 per week
Smoker
Share with smokers
Mixed sex flat

Why under my preferences does it say smoker, share with smokers, mixed flat, considering that I am not a smoker so would have not indicated to the contrary on my application form. Perhaps it is because I completely declined a self catering option so they just stuck that on the end of my preferences...

can anyone enlighten me on why it says this? have i ****** up my application or something?
oatsandhoney
can anyone enlighten me on why it says this? have i ****** up my application or something?

There is a part of the application where it asks you if you're a smoker, if you would mind sharing with smokers and if you would mind being in mixed sex accommodation. Either you ticked the wrong box by mistake or the system mis-read it.

But it is mostly beside the point, there is no smoking accommodation in Pollock (see smoking policy), either in rooms, common areas or public areas.

If you want to change it, ring up accommodation services (at some point whilst it's not Easter) or send them an e-mail.
Hiiiiiiii people, will be studying Community Education come September, Will be travelling to Moray house for my lectures. Just applied for self catered halls today and was wondering if i will have far to travel to get to Moray house from were i have applied for?? Plus have i made good choices???
Choices were
1 Darrochs court
2 Hermits Croft
3 New Arthurs place

Also not heard much on hermits croft looked ok from pics anybody with any info???
Graeme Armstrong
Hiiiiiiii people, will be studying Community Education come September, Will be travelling to Moray house for my lectures. Just applied for self catered halls today and was wondering if i will have far to travel to get to Moray house from were i have applied for?? Plus have i made good choices???
Choices were
1 Darrochs court
2 Hermits Croft
3 New Arthurs place

Also not heard much on hermits croft looked ok from pics anybody with any info???


Moray House is literally just round the corner from Darroch and New Arthur, a 5/10 minute walk from Hermit's Croft.

I lived in Hermit's Croft. It's similar to all the other self-catered flats, and is perfectly fine to live in.
___hothead_
I've applied for self-catered accomodation.

I was wondering if I have to live in the uni accomodation for the whole academic year, or can I move out whenever?


Yes, you do. You sign a tenancy agreement which is a legally binding contract in which you agree to live there for the duration of the tenancy (38 weeks for s/c, iirc). The get out clause is that you can leave if you can find a replacement tenant that the university approves, and you pay an exit fee. In reality, you'll find that they might well let you leave any time you like but they reserve the right to keep your deposit, or force you to pay up the entire year's rent. I have a flatmate who left after 4 months who only paid an exit fee and got his full deposit back, but I wouldn't enter the tenancy agreement assuming that they'll always be so flexible.
winter_rose
Hiya,
Does anyone know anywhere you can put a bike if you stay in Blackfriars? I'm trying to decide where to apply for accommodation and the website says there isn't any cycle storage, is there anywhere near that people store their bikes? Thanks for any help :smile:


There is no cycle storage at Blackfriars and to be honest, I probably wouldn't leave my bike on the street outside either. More importantly, if you're applying for accommodation as a first year undergraduate, don't bother putting Blackfriars on your application, as priority at Blackfriars is given to current students which means there is a strong chance you won't get offered a place there anyway.
oatsandhoney
Ok so I was just checking that my accomodation email came through, because i couldn't remember if it had. I looked through the email again and noticed it said this:

Accommodation Preferences=========================
Catering Preference CateredPreference 1 Chancellors Court, En-suite, Standard, £176.05 per week
Preference 2 Chancellors Court, En-suite, Large, £184.10 per week
Preference 3 Holland, En-suite, Large, £171.29 per week
Smoker
Share with smokers
Mixed sex flat

Why under my preferences does it say smoker, share with smokers, mixed flat, considering that I am not a smoker so would have not indicated to the contrary on my application form. Perhaps it is because I completely declined a self catering option so they just stuck that on the end of my preferences...

can anyone enlighten me on why it says this? have i ****** up my application or something?

Just checked mine and it says:

Smoker No
Share with smokers No
Mixed sex flat Yes
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Hi guys I am looking for accommodation right now and every building is located on a certain distance form both George Square and King's Buildings but I have no idea what those buildings are. Are the lectures held there? If so in which one are the lectures for Molecular biology held?
cappy_bg
Hi guys I am looking for accommodation right now and every building is located on a certain distance form both George Square and King's Buildings but I have no idea what those buildings are. Are the lectures held there? If so in which one are the lectures for Molecular biology held?


All first year biology lectures are at Kings Buildings. However, as has been discussed many times here already, living in accom near the central area is more advatageous as it makes social life a lot easier (which is more important in first year anyway), and the walk to KB is only about 30 minutes.
elisabethbridge
Moray House is literally just round the corner from Darroch and New Arthur, a 5/10 minute walk from Hermit's Croft.

I lived in Hermit's Croft. It's similar to all the other self-catered flats, and is perfectly fine to live in.



Brilliant thanks has Hermits croft got a bit of a longer walk to it then to get to Moray house??
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii just looking for a bit of advice and compare here??

Applied for

darroch
hermits croft
new arthur

which one u thinkin better?? ano a tough question and it is personal choice but want to be able to have fun bit of banter and be near a good nite out haha??? studying at moray house think all 3 r pretty close to there???
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Graeme Armstrong
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii just looking for a bit of advice and compare here??

Applied for

darroch
hermits croft
new arthur

which one u thinkin better?? ano a tough question and it is personal choice but want to be able to have fun bit of banter and be near a good nite out haha??? studying at moray house think all 3 r pretty close to there???


i know people in all 3 of these (although i have only been in new arthur place) and they all seem to be fairly sociable! hermits croft is the furthest from moray house but still only a 10-15 min walk i would guess!

new arthur place is nice - they have baths! and darroch is meant to be like the chancellor's of self-catering (or so i have heard!)
I was in Hermit's Croft (the crotch, as we termed it), it's really not that far from Moray House and pretty close to Pollock (but not too close) and really close to Holyrood Park, so pretty great location all round. The flats are for 5 sharing, 6 flats to a stair, 3 stairs in total. The bedrooms range from pretty big (rooms 1 and 5) to pretty small (room 3) although I was in room 3 and it was fine. You get a large bathroom with shower cubicle and a second toilet (best to allocate one for post drinking vomit). The best thing about Hermit's Croft is it has the biggest communal areas of all the self-catered accomm - so great for socialising and parties in the flat. If you've already applied for those 3 you won't get any more choice - they'll just let you know where you've been put. Sorry I can't add advice on darroch court or new arthur place, but I hope that helps.
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oatsandhoney
Ok so I was just checking that my accomodation email came through, because i couldn't remember if it had. I looked through the email again and noticed it said this:

Accommodation Preferences=========================
Catering Preference CateredPreference 1 Chancellors Court, En-suite, Standard, £176.05 per week
Preference 2 Chancellors Court, En-suite, Large, £184.10 per week
Preference 3 Holland, En-suite, Large, £171.29 per week
Smoker
Share with smokers
Mixed sex flat

Why under my preferences does it say smoker, share with smokers, mixed flat, considering that I am not a smoker so would have not indicated to the contrary on my application form. Perhaps it is because I completely declined a self catering option so they just stuck that on the end of my preferences...

can anyone enlighten me on why it says this? have i ****** up my application or something?


Those three options are given if you apply for self catered, it won't come up if you are applying for catered halls
Reply 299
Darroch is awesome, from a social perspective. The courtyard was great for having events in, and we got fairly lucky with our RAs there, who did quite a bit for us, and were generally sound guys. The vast majority of uni friends I have are people I met from Darroch in first year - despite not really getting on with most of my flatmates, I could always head across the courtyard to someone else's flat. I'm pretty sure there were parties more nights than not, with some flats getting particular reputations :smile:

Of course, if you're more inclined to be in bed by 11 and likely to get irritated by freshers who don't share your hours, then gatherings in the yard might get to you a little.

The flats are single sex, but on my stair we had some guys in the flat opposite, girls below, guys above and girls on the top floor. It's not exactly hard to mingle, and you at least all get a kitchen room to socialise in. Flats also have 3 toilets, 2 with a shower, and most things you could need in the kitchen. Just make sure randoms don't throw your microwave out of a 4th floor window mid party.

I could enthuse about DC for a long time, I loved it. Then again, I always had a good time going to parties elsewhere too, Hermits Croft and Kincaids especially.

Courtyard party
Kitchen
End of a normal night