|John Wood Court||#8|
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Great en-suites, terrible ventilation, squeaky beds, thin walls (you know what I'm talking about). Terrible kitchen, great internet, not enough space for corridor football, good views, lift smelt like bins throughout the year, great desks, crap mattresses, conveniently close to lectures, a nice balance between the posh quads and the slums of Eastwood and Westwood, grass outside is ideal for a snowball war, you can fit someone's whole bedroom contents on the outside landing and plug it all in, if you pull, telling them you live in Marlborough won't make them run away, near to the bus stop for the last minute dash to make it to ponana.
Pretty poor value for money when you consider the similar prices for Woodland and Quads when they have TVs in their rooms, social space (Quads) and double beds (Woodland). Good location as is close to the parade, bus stop and gym. Cleaning is poor, rooms only get cleaned every 6 weeks and we're not even provided a hoover to clean them ourselves in the meantime. The cleaner for the kitchen tends to come in at lunchtimes (not ideal when you're in a rush to eat between lectures and she won't let you in the kitchen!). There is no common room or social space and the kitchens are tiny so there's no rooms to have friends over for predrinks or to get to know the rest of Marlborough. Also the WiFi is temperamental in certain rooms where it constantly cuts in and out... Kind of a joke when you're paying £150 a week. On the plus side there's only 7 people per kitchen so it doesn't get too crowded when cooking and the storage space is ok. Also, the bedrooms are quite big
I love living in Marlborough - the rooms are pretty spacious (and have mood lighting which is just awesome) with an en suite too. There's generally 7 people to a flat which is a great number with enough people to make it not too awkward if you don't get on with anyone but not too many that it's crowded. It's in a great spot on campus, literally opposite the Chancellor's building where loads of lectures happen, and with the Limetree cafe, sports village and bus stops only a minute's walk away too. If you don't mind paying a bit extra for quality accommodation it's definitely worth it.
Rooms are a good size and have some nice features (mood lighting!) and en-suite is a bonus. Good location with easy access to Parade and the rest of campus. Lack of social space is evident after visiting the Quads but it doesn't stop everyone from congregating in kitchens etc to hang out.
Marlborough bedrooms are great. There's plenty of space and shelving (and mood lighting - a priority of course!) as well as a good sized bathroom. The rooms don't look old or worn as they were just refurbished this summer so you don't feel freaked out about the amount of people who lived there first. The kitchens are a good size for the amount of people in the flat (usually 7 but sometimes 5). You get two sinks between you which is better than a lot of the other halls! Plenty of cupboards and fridge space which is handy. Right by the lime tree and bus station. Not the closest halls to the lectures but better quality than the ones closer by! Nothing's too far on campus anyway so it's not really a problem at all.
Marlborough is the best hall ever! The location is so super close to absolutely everything on campus; the kitchen is brand new and the rooms are newly refurbished, homely and ideal for studying or chilling in! We lack a designated common room, however, the kitchen is still a fab social space.
Right on campus so it's really quick to get everywhere (10 minute walk max) and they've been done up this year so they're a lot better than last year. Really bad, slow wifi and no real common areas unlike in Quads.
Great hall - perfect mixture. En suites are spacious and bright, the rooms are also a good size with a big desk. Kitchen is shared between seven which is a good number, cleaners come regularly and do a thorough job of the kitchen. Right in the heart of the uni, right next to the chancellors building. Good value for money and they are re doing the social spaces currently to improve them.