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After staying in both Mary Sturge and Lakeside, I'm disappointed in the former when it's more expensive than the latter. When warm/hot water runs, there's a squealing noise accompanying it, the bathroom is smaller with less space for toiletries and I can hear other people very easily on either side of my room. It genuinely feels like the walls are paper thin, making me worry about the amount of noise people can hear from my room, which results in it hard for me to properly settle and feel relaxed. The kitchen is very big, however, and there's plenty of space for everyone's food and utensils.
So so expensive for what you actually get. If you have any issues, they are not always dealt with very well, and the fact that our accommodation does not get cleaned even though we are paying more than previous years is absolutely ridiculous. Students, I urge you to really think about whether this is worth your money. The only plus side is the location. Very disappointed with the standard, it has definitely dropped massively over the years of me being a student.
Halls was sold on the promise of weekly kitchen cleaning and monthly bathroom cleaning - GREAT RIGHT?! However 2 weeks into term this was revoked and is such a shame if you live with messy people who trash the flat every day...no sofa or "chill" space in the kitchen like alternatives nearby.