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    I don't know wheter you guy has ever found this site. http://www.london-hostels.co.uk/uk/p...els/rates.aspx
    I tried to find private accommodation and Imperial page directed me to there. Ironically, the Imperial accommodation is robbing us compared to what the site offers!! It offers hostels in many locations and some are within five minute's walk to Imperial (Regina House) with the catered rent 136pounds per week per standard single room. It is a pity that the site offers too little information about the rooms, the surroundings and almost no picture about it.
    Are there anybody living or having seen any of these houses? I think this is much much more reasonable than Imperial ones.
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    The only things is that you'd be staying there with people you didn't know who would be there for a few weeks at a time, not Imperial students.
    I'd prefer to pay a bit extra to stay in the halls...
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    Hostels aren't exactly ideal for long term accommodation. And plus, you'd be missing out on the halls experience.
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    (Original post by jennikay)
    The only things is that you'd be staying there with people you didn't know who would be there for a few weeks at a time, not Imperial students.
    I'd prefer to pay a bit extra to stay in the halls...
    That's why I am appealing here on the Imperial forum
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    You're going to stay in a hostel for 43 weeks of the year, having no fixed room, having no postal address and potentially frustrating the management...

    Good luck with that...
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    (Original post by sir.jamesgreen)
    You're going to stay in a hostel for 43 weeks of the year, having no fixed room, having no postal address and potentially frustrating the management...

    Good luck with that...
    How come I won't get a fixed room? Why no postal address? In what aspect will the management be frustrating?
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    (Original post by wudanao)
    How come I won't get a fixed room? Why no postal address? In what aspect will the management be frustrating?
    You are staying in what is essentially just a cheap hotel. As such you do not have the same letting rights as you do in rented-acomodation. If the management wished to move your room for any reason they could. Further they could impose restrictions on when you are allowed guests, when you are allowed in your room, when it has to be cleaned.

    There is no guarantee of how well the hostel will be cleaned or maintained.

    I would say it's just not a great idea, especially as you are only saving £30 a week on the price of beit/southside and are paying more than you would in Fisher.

    But, your choice I guess...
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    So you can afford the 20 grand a year on tuition fees but not the accomodation?
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    Seems there is element of truth in your advice. However, though I do not know how exactly a hostel works, I don't think a hotel(even if it is very cheap) can move your room as they like, and restrict when you can have a geuest come. If you say it is a hotel, why it could potentially be more strict than a student halls, where is regulated by the hall senoirs?

    (Original post by sir.jamesgreen)
    You are staying in what is essentially just a cheap hotel. As such you do not have the same letting rights as you do in rented-acomodation. If the management wished to move your room for any reason they could. Further they could impose restrictions on when you are allowed guests, when you are allowed in your room, when it has to be cleaned.

    There is no guarantee of how well the hostel will be cleaned or maintained.

    I would say it's just not a great idea, especially as you are only saving £30 a week on the price of beit/southside and are paying more than you would in Fisher.

    But, your choice I guess...
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    (Original post by Neznayu)
    So you can afford the 20 grand a year on tuition fees but not the accomodation?
    scholarships
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    (Original post by wudanao)
    Seems there is element of truth in your advice. However, though I do not know how exactly a hostel works, I don't think a hotel(even if it is very cheap) can move your room as they like, and restrict when you can have a geuest come. If you say it is a hotel, why it could potentially be more strict than a student halls, where is regulated by the hall senoirs?
    None of the university halls have curfews - It is very possible a hostel may have a curfew.
    The university halls generally have no rules on when you are allowed in the common rooms - A hostel might.
    A Hostel can set any rules and regulations they want, the university restrictions are uniform and can be challenged by the Student union. Any disputes and repairs can be dealt with by the college and you have many, many more rights as you are considered a tennant of the hall.

    In a Hostel your only point of contact is the hostel management. Repairs can be completed whenever they feel like it, you have rights as a guest, which are different to your rights as a tennant.

    Not to mention you would have to pay for internet access which may not be provided in your room, and will certainly be much slower than the college connection. Security can also be varied at a Hostel, the college security is good at all halls.

    I'll make my feelings nice and simple.

    DON'T LIVE IN A HOSTEL IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA.

    Of course, you seem intent on disagreeing with me, and paying more for your room than you would in one of the college's cheaper halls. So I doubt you'll take notice of me...
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    NO, thanks very much for your advice! I intent to disagree to no one coz I virtually do not know anyting about how univerity halls or hostel works. Therefore, I'm just asking. I thought the hostel would have much less regulations compared to university halls, say you mentioned it as a cheap hotel, and apparently a hotel has little regulations on their guests:o: . Anyway, I'm going to London 1 month prior to my academic year so I would have the opportunity to see things around in person. Moreover, I think the Internet access, their policy against guests would be possible to make clear by consulting them directly. Do you think it will help?
    If I am allocated to Garden or Weeks halls, I would have totally no complain. But if I am distributed to a really expensive or noisy hall, I might go for my private accommodation....

    Again, thans very much for your reply! Btw, which university hall are you living now?



    (Original post by sir.jamesgreen)
    None of the university halls have curfews - It is very possible a hostel may have a curfew.
    The university halls generally have no rules on when you are allowed in the common rooms - A hostel might.
    A Hostel can set any rules and regulations they want, the university restrictions are uniform and can be challenged by the Student union. Any disputes and repairs can be dealt with by the college and you have many, many more rights as you are considered a tennant of the hall.

    In a Hostel your only point of contact is the hostel management. Repairs can be completed whenever they feel like it, you have rights as a guest, which are different to your rights as a tennant.

    Not to mention you would have to pay for internet access which may not be provided in your room, and will certainly be much slower than the college connection. Security can also be varied at a Hostel, the college security is good at all halls.

    I'll make my feelings nice and simple.

    DON'T LIVE IN A HOSTEL IT'S A TERRIBLE IDEA.

    Of course, you seem intent on disagreeing with me, and paying more for your room than you would in one of the college's cheaper halls. So I doubt you'll take notice of me...
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    (Original post by wudanao)
    If I am allocated to Garden or Weeks halls, I would have totally no complain. But if I am distributed to a really expensive or noisy hall, I might go for my private accommodation....
    Surely though you must know that when you applied for accommodation you signed a contract (albeit a "virtual" one) and made a commitment to pay rent for however many weeks for whatever hall you'll be allocated to. Pulling out of that contract just because the hall they gave you doesn't quite suit your fancy is taking the piss really. If you didn't want the "really expensive or noisy hall" then why did you apply to them in the first place?

    And while we're on the subject, I just can't get my head around why you're asking for advice if you're gonna blatantly ignore it. Everyone on this thread has given you plenty of reasons to get this incredibly stupid idea that hostels are better value for money than student halls out of your mind, and yet you still think there might be some truth to it. I have nothing against keeping one's options open or trying to find a better deal (and I certainly have nothing against hostels!), but if you're gonna ask people who've actually been to hostels and know the places better than you do, then why can't you just trust us when we say they're not in any way suitable for long-term student accommodation?
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    Well, apparently they need you to select 5 options and it is very likely that you to be only interested in 2 of themMoreover, they have the right to allocate you to the halls out of this 5 halls.

    For the hostel thing, first of all, the Imperial website directed me there so I can assume it is IMperial recommended... Also, there are actually students living there, so I do not think it's completely unsitable for students. Anyway, thanks for all your advice and your advices are really IMPORTANT to me! I am going there 1 month ahead of the term beginning and I might have the opportunity to confirm in person.

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    Surely though you must know that when you applied for accommodation you signed a contract (albeit a "virtual" one) and made a commitment to pay rent for however many weeks for whatever hall you'll be allocated to. Pulling out of that contract just because the hall they gave you doesn't quite suit your fancy is taking the piss really. If you didn't want the "really expensive or noisy hall" then why did you apply to them in the first place?

    And while we're on the subject, I just can't get my head around why you're asking for advice if you're gonna blatantly ignore it. Everyone on this thread has given you plenty of reasons to get this incredibly stupid idea that hostels are better value for money than student halls out of your mind, and yet you still think there might be some truth to it. I have nothing against keeping one's options open or trying to find a better deal (and I certainly have nothing against hostels!), but if you're gonna ask people who've actually been to hostels and know the places better than you do, then why can't you just trust us when we say they're not in any way suitable for long-term student accommodation?
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    (Original post by wudanao)
    NO, thanks very much for your advice! I intent to disagree to no one coz I virtually do not know anyting about how univerity halls or hostel works. Therefore, I'm just asking. I thought the hostel would have much less regulations compared to university halls, say you mentioned it as a cheap hotel, and apparently a hotel has little regulations on their guests:o: . Anyway, I'm going to London 1 month prior to my academic year so I would have the opportunity to see things around in person. Moreover, I think the Internet access, their policy against guests would be possible to make clear by consulting them directly. Do you think it will help?
    If I am allocated to Garden or Weeks halls, I would have totally no complain. But if I am distributed to a really expensive or noisy hall, I might go for my private accommodation....

    Again, thans very much for your reply! Btw, which university hall are you living now?
    I was in Beit for the past year, and am living in Wilson for the summer while I find a flat.

    My experience of hostels is only from treating them as a cheap place to stay while touring Ireland. I stayed in a few Hostels, none of which provided an internet connection, and certainly not a free internet connection, in the room. Most of them charged a rate 'per guest' meaning that had I had someone with me I would have had to pay extra.

    You also have even less guarantee of who you will be staying with. While I was fortunate to meet nice people you have to understand that Hostels are generally used as accomodation by those with very little money who are on holiday, or in some cases homeless. Most of the time the other people there will be temporary, and you will find it hard to make friends who you could use for accomodation in the future.

    You also miss out on the experience of living in a halls of residence and plenty of opportunities to socialise that come from that.

    In terms of noise, all halls have a "no noise outside your room after 11" policy, which can be enforced by punishments if you are continually kept awake. In most cases the walls are thick enough that this won't be a problem.

    As for hostels... well, again, that's a matter for the management to decide, and for the management to enforce. At their own discretion.

    Edit: In terms of the imperial reccomendation, that is on a page related to private housing. As I am finding at the moment it can be very difficult to find a flat, and it can be even more difficult after the term begins. Particularily if you wish to share. If you leave a flat because of a disagreement or an argument then a Hostel may well be your only option. At which point that page becomes very useful. If your choice is between halls of residence and a Hostel however, I would reccomend the halls of residence.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostel might be useful for you to get an idea of what hostels are used for generally.
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    (Original post by sir.jamesgreen)
    I was in Beit for the past year, and am living in Wilson for the summer while I find a flat.

    [...]

    Edit: In terms of the imperial reccomendation, that is on a page related to private housing. As I am finding at the moment it can be very difficult to find a flat, and it can be even more difficult after the term begins. Particularily if you wish to share. If you leave a flat because of a disagreement or an argument then a Hostel may well be your only option. At which point that page becomes very useful. If your choice is between halls of residence and a Hostel however, I would reccomend the halls of residence..
    Blimey, that doesn't sound too good. Is this a common problem for second-year Imperial students or have you just been particularly unlucky this time around?
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    (Original post by Emc2)
    Blimey, that doesn't sound too good. Is this a common problem for second-year Imperial students or have you just been particularly unlucky this time around?
    None of us want to move in until September, but all the landlords who have houses on the market at the moment are keen to have us move in in mid-August. If we were flexible we could do that, but it would cost us almost £1000 in lost rent as none of us will be in the country to live in the flat. Which also means none of us will be able to inspect the flat and deal with bills and complications within the first few weeks of us being the tennants.

    Added to this fun problem, none of the three of us will be around in early August to view the houses which are on the market then.

    It could just be that we've only viewed properties with crap landlords and crap estate agents.

    A group of my firends have an excellent flat already, which they are staying in over the summer. I guess it just depends where you look. I have to go hunting again later this week, but estate agents make me depressed...
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    I have a one-month hostel experience in Singapore and it did like what you described, including the Internet stuff. But I am afraid what we lived in are more accurately to be described as a dormitry rather than hotels. I am also confused whether the hostels on the website posted
    are similar to ours, coz it offers single room!
    http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik...disp=inline&zw
    This is one picture of room I requestied.

    (Original post by sir.jamesgreen)
    I was in Beit for the past year, and am living in Wilson for the summer while I find a flat.

    My experience of hostels is only from treating them as a cheap place to stay while touring Ireland. I stayed in a few Hostels, none of which provided an internet connection, and certainly not a free internet connection, in the room. Most of them charged a rate 'per guest' meaning that had I had someone with me I would have had to pay extra.

    You also have even less guarantee of who you will be staying with. While I was fortunate to meet nice people you have to understand that Hostels are generally used as accomodation by those with very little money who are on holiday, or in some cases homeless. Most of the time the other people there will be temporary, and you will find it hard to make friends who you could use for accomodation in the future.

    You also miss out on the experience of living in a halls of residence and plenty of opportunities to socialise that come from that.

    In terms of noise, all halls have a "no noise outside your room after 11" policy, which can be enforced by punishments if you are continually kept awake. In most cases the walls are thick enough that this won't be a problem.

    As for hostels... well, again, that's a matter for the management to decide, and for the management to enforce. At their own discretion.

    Edit: In terms of the imperial reccomendation, that is on a page related to private housing. As I am finding at the moment it can be very difficult to find a flat, and it can be even more difficult after the term begins. Particularily if you wish to share. If you leave a flat because of a disagreement or an argument then a Hostel may well be your only option. At which point that page becomes very useful. If your choice is between halls of residence and a Hostel however, I would reccomend the halls of residence.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostel might be useful for you to get an idea of what hostels are used for generally.
 
 
 
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