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    Hey guys, just wandering what everyone is considering for accomodation?

    I know Dinwiddy is the sole SOAS owned property for undergraduates, but how many of you are going for it?

    Is anybody considering the intercollegiate halls...? Does anyone have any reccomendations?

    Cheers :cool:
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    damn PLEASE SOAS ACCEPT MEEEEEEEEEEEE
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    From what I've heard (not seen), the rooms at Dinwiddy are relatively big compared to the intercollegiate halls, the en-suite "bathroom" (shower with included toilet and washbasin mainly) is handy as well.

    These are major pro Dinwiddy arguments in my opinion. On the other hand, several intercollegiate halls are closer to the main campus (not Vernon square, though - it's right next to Dinwiddy) and the student body might be more diverse there.
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    Dinwiddy is the centre of everything in the first year, you miss out in intercollegiate. In the 2nd year, everyone finds houses in London, generally Turnpike Lane/Manor House/etc, so it really is worthwhile living in Dinwiddy where half the people in the first year are about 30 seconds' walk away from you.
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    Ooooh but Tavistock Square halls are so close to SOAS! And so gorgeous too :grin:
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    Dinwiddy isn't ''SOAS owned property'' as far as I know...it's owned by a management firm.

    Whilst the Vernon Square campus may be near to Dinwiddy, the intercollegiate halls are close to the main Russell Square campus.

    I would personally not recommend Dinwiddy if you prefer a nicer standard of living. If I could go back, I would have chosen intercollegiate halls without a doubt, and the price difference between intercollegiate and Dinwiddy isn't really that great. You'd be winning in the long term, as well as having a variety of friends from different colleges of the UoL.

    Whilst I did enjoy Dinwiddy when I was there, it isn't worth £120 a week (a figure which they will no doubt increase for you guys this year) whereas the intercollegiate residences do seem to have more advantages and worth the cost. Both Dinwiddy and intercollegiate halls are very social places, but very different in the kinds of people that stay there.
    I would say a lot of people at Dinwiddy really like the hall parties and stuff that happen there, but don't tend to venture out much, which is a shame as you've also paid to study in London which is an amazing place with so much to offer, and it baffles me as to why anyone would stay in the confines of a building in Kings Cross as opposed to sampling London's amazing nightlife.

    This will sound blunt, but if you have the money then go for intercollegiate halls (a mistake I made, I guess). The building and everything inside it is very dated and unmodernised. It might sound nice that Dinwiddy offers ''en suite'' but this is actually a filthy stone closet in the corner of your room. I hate to just list the negatives about Dinwiddy, but they do outweight the positives, unfortunately.

    The only positive thin I can think of the place is that if you're into the bohemian side of life and prefer to kick back at the weekend and just drink inside Dinwiddy and not actually leave the place, then it might be for you. That said, I had some amazing nights there and made great friends, the people there are all from SOAS and really nice. It's definately a more down to earth place than the intercollegiate halls might be.

    Make a decision now though - would you prefer to socialise with people exclusively from soas, or from a variety of colleges of the University of London? Choosing Dinwiddy does offer you some security and safety in the knowledge that everyone studies at soas, which is good at times like Freshers week where you feel disorientated and a little unsettled and want to find people with a common cause like at all other universities, so for this Dinwiddy would seem a wise choice. Just be aware there are alternatives!
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    The intercollegiate halls are all catered which might not appeal to you, definitely not me because I'm rather picky with some foods and I need my rice everyday haha.

    I've found somewhere which is very cheap for London which is self catered. Victoria League student accomodation - its by Notting Hill which is still in zone 1 and rooms start at £91 per week, but theres a huge waiting list since the demand is so great and you might have to go into a shared double for a few weeks or something like that.

    I'm applying there, see what you think of it: http://www.victorialeague.co.uk/
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    Has anyone else still not received the accomodation leaflet with serial no.??
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    can we only apply for accomodation once we accept the offer?
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    You can apply for accomodation without accepting the offer, at least I did.

    I got my offer through e-mail, in the e-mail they gave me the serial number for the accomodation website. If you got an offer but no leaflet, contact SOAS or the accomodations people, they should help to sort you out (there is a FAQ there that answers the questions and offers contact information.)
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    I pretty much agree with what jonboyyork said. If I had my time at SOAS again I would have gone for intercollegiate, mainly to meet more non-SOASians. I kind of expected to interact more with other UoL students than I did during my time at SOAS. Provided you go for intercollegiate that is close to Dinwiddy you are only a 10min walk away. Just make sure you don't get a room that you have to share with someone if you do opt for intercollegiate! Haven't heard anything good about them.
 
 
 
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