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unless you're desperate and as a last resort, do NOT stay here. Overpriced, terrible food, no social scene and just overall a terrible first year experience. Not to mention the place is falling apart. Actually shocking how you have to pay to stay here when you should be the one getting paid to stay there. A solid 0 out of 5.
Basically an old, moldy hall that was built 1962. The price (£139 pw) definitely did not correlate with the quality - far from it. Since the hall was catered, the food was okayish, given that it was prepared in "mass production", which is obviously a bit different than preparing it for only a few people at once. However, when it comes to the quality of living, then it is absolutely horrible; cold in the winter, constant moisture in the room, single-glazed windows, really old furniture, foul smell (mold). The shower room had literally mold on the ceiling, and the water did not come sometimes. The Interned did not always work. Basically the only good thing about the halls was the location, which is on campus. Otherwise, if I would have seen it before signing the contract, then I would not have moved in. Absolutely no.
Worst experience ever. Couldn't have a shower without drenching the floor. When I requested to move due to bullying I was denied. The cleaners made it better as they were all lovely and the food provided was dreadful I ended up buying my own
Quite good due to the location (just few minutes by foot from any university's buildings). Dinner at the hub isn't bad, while breakfast can be considered acceptable (few food...). Shared spaces such as toilets and kitchen aren't worth the paid rent. Anyway it is a good accommodation for freshers.
It's a dump. Not worth the money in any way. Who would put a toilet with no window. The windows don't open. May aswell be another wall. The cold water tap- if you can call it that as sometimes the water doesn't even come out. The shower overflows and the whole floor is flooded. I've seen porridge thicker than the wall in this place, get ready to hear a pin drop in your neighbours room (or a lot worse). Be prepared to starve from the 'catered' hall more like 100% carbohydrates for 9 months
The staff and the people were awesome and I am thankful for them. They did everything they could to make the living better. However, the Hall itself won't get a positive review from me. Struggling with moisture issues and coldness throughout the winter made it bad. Those factors do not give a good impression. Taking into account that the Hall was built in 1962 and hardly renovated due to bureaucracy, the living conditions were horrible. For a price of 579 pounds per month I could have gotten a villa in some other city. Since the hall was a catered one, the food was alright. For the people and the location five stars indeed.
Great place, in a great location. Position of rooms encouraged socialising and its location on campus encouraged attendance (close to lectures). Food was for the most part great, and completely edible and staff were friendly and on first name terms by the end of first semester! Would fully recommend, especially considering the table tennis and pool tables available on site!
Too old and unkept. Two taps for water (one too hot and one too cold), what is pretty s****y. Windows are not isolated so the cold wind blows through them inside. The door are far from being soundproof. You can literally hear what's happening in the kitchen that is on the opposite side of the hallway behind the corner even though there are two doors separating you. But on the other hand the staff is superhelpful in case you experience any difficulties and also you can report any maintenance issues elegantly through an online form. The food is served in the hub which is on the opposite side of the campus but still not that far away.
Only real perk to Johnston Halls is the convenient location, yet this is similar for Crombie and Kings Hall. Johnston Halls are in desperate need of renovation and has sadly been overlooked in preference of renovation for halls at Hillhead. The cost of these halls is extortionate given their age and lack of facilities. These halls have no social space aside from a chair by the front door, which has been stolen numerous times. In terms of security, the front door has been broken on multiple occasions providing little comfort to the residents. Whilst it has always been replaced rapidly, the fact that it is obviously this easy to break is concerning. The porters and cleaning staff are in general very kind and helpful. There is a shocking lack of resources in terms of supplying for the correct number of students, particularly in the kitchens. I have much more to say but not the space.