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The coppice is not where you want to live, catching buses to town is expensive and annoying. There is nothing in perry barr and its scary at night round there. Social areas are awful, when you visit your friends at uni you'll be so jealous. Get used to seeing everyones pubes and wee all over the shared bathrooms too. Free gym is pretty good though.
Coppice management are a total ballache, unlike most student halls they are very strict and ensure you're living by the flat rules e.g no smoking. It's a huge effort everyday to get to the city centre, also £4 a day adds up when you're a poor student !! There's no socialising space in the crappice, just a table and chairs situated in the pokey kitchen. The one and only positive of living here is the people, who are amazing ! But seriously, you don't want to live here.
It serves well as a basic base, but I wouldn't live here any longer than I had to. I moved into my flat to find it had bedbugs and it took 3 weeks for them to be fully removed (although the on site manager was very good about this). We also moved in to a broken sink, broken wardrobe and both of our toilets were barely functioning. After the first month we've had one toilet that breaks at least once a week, every time it is fixed it just breaks again so we've given up on that. Our second toilet is also now broken due to everyone having to use that one instead of both! The oven is absolutely appalling, it takes an hour to cook chips that should take 15 minutes but apart from that the kitchen is useable, even if your "social area" is simply plastic chairs around a plastic table. You do though get a bedroom with a fair amount of storage and a sink which is useful. Fine for 1st year as everyone is very friendly, but you want to move elsewhere for the other years really
Although the halls are quite expensive for the amount of facilities available, it is so close to the uni that it doesn't matter. It is so close to the gym and as there are so many other students living in the area, it is very social. There's never a dull moment in the coppice.
I moved into The Coppice with reasonably high hopes having moved from a very small town. Although I was initially happy with the size of the room and location, me and all of my friends living here grew to hate it. The rooms are standard sized, maybe a little smaller. There's always one room in a flat which is bigger than the others so if you get room 1, you're in luck. The kitchens are also reasonably sized but considering there is no other social area it can be really crowded if you're having people round. They come equipped with some appalling stuff though, our kettle, freezer, toaster and oven all managed to break in the first 6 months but they got replaced (with possibly just as bad equipment). There is a stale smell throughout every house. Some worse than others. It is extremely noisey to sleep if you live in Ash, Elm or any of the other houses on that side. Location is one of the worst in Birmingham by far. Never leave the house at night.
Overall my experience of the coppice in Birmingham City university was abysmal no values for the money considering I have paid just short of £4000, some nights I was without hot water and electricity. Not a good start to my university experience
If there was a common area that would need much better. It's not that great if u consider the kitchen size but the rooms are big and everyone just gets along really well. If u have a house party, then everyone hears the music and comes along only if they have a drink with them
Both bathrooms were an abomination upon arrival, mould, stains etc. Kitchen surfaces had various burn marks, floor was not cleaned. Freezers have aququate space for perhaps a field mouse, not a human being. Windows barely open, which is quite an issue considering the whole building smells. Bed may as well be non existent as the floor is actually softer. Poor discipline of members that constantly set off the fire alarm. And I won't get started on the location, a revolting backwards dirty place that is not fit for any life form. Good range of takeaways that don't seem to be regulated at all and Iikely contribute to the lower life expectancy of the area. To sum up, appauling.
Good Accommodation if you're mainly after something thats cheap, not too far from shopping area so food isn't a problem, also regular bus and trains to city centre (something like 10 buses every hour at least), as someone who goes to the city centre frequently for my course I should say it did a good job
Not great value for money considering it's shared bathrooms and old fashioned, paying £100 a week here whereas my friends in a newly built accommodation with an ensuite, large kitchen/diner and has sofas and is paying £117 a week
Good if studying at PerryBarr Campus as literally over the road! Can stay in bed until 5 minutes before you have to leave and still make it to your lecture early! Cheap enough to get taxi's into City centre for a night out but have to travel you can't walk. If you want to be in the middle of things stay in the City centre! Not much going on here. Although Bull Ring is an 8 minutes train ride a way so it's not all bad Shared bathrooms are absolutely fine as long as you get on with your flat mates (most people will, we're a nice bunch at the coppice! Haha) unfortunately have to do all your own cleaning, much to my disgrace as friends at other uni's get cleaners and none of my flat mates mind the mess! Which means me always tidying, all in all. A top place to spend first year!