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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.

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By member109014
On 26th May 15

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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.

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By member109014
On 26th May 15

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CampusCity North Campus
PostcodeB42 2SU
CateringSelf-catered
No. of rooms432
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 16th October 17

When I first moved in to the Coppice I enjoyed meeting the people there. I quickly found out that meeting new people is the only reason you would want to go to such a horrible place. The kitchen/ communal areas are small and shoddy with out of date equipment, the rooms feel like prison cells with a fire alarm in each one that goes off at 10:00 EVERY Friday morning (absolutely ridiculous) and the staff are rude, condescending and pathetic, especially Sue the head hauncho. They have termly fire drills at ridiculous o clock in the morning waking everybody up and forcing them to leave their rooms without being able to grab so much as a pair of shoes and they then proceed to inspect everyone's rooms, a complete invasion of privacy. So overall it's the worst accommodation you could possibly stay at but if you're still adamant on going make sure you complain about Sue the hag to get her gone, she made mine an many others lives a misery while there.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 12th May 17

One of the worst places on earth. Perry Barr is an absolute hole, there were 2 dead bodies found in and around the city North Campus when I lived there, one was on Oscott Road a road I used frequently. My flatmate was mugged within 2 days of moving in. The place is depressing, every time you need to get food you are in for at least a 10 minute walk to the supermarket and back. The security is more bothered about kicking you out than your safety. Honestly one of the most distressing, disgusting, vile, unrepeatable years of my life, and my housemates and I have agreed that we wouldn't live there for a year even if we were paid £100,000. If you get accepted at BCU and get placed here differ your entry, it's not worth the hassle, pain, heartache, blood, sweat and tears to be honest. Perry Barr is an absolute hole with nothing going on a train station thats 15 minutes away and locals with murderous intent. DO NOT GO HERE. P.s. BCU if you're reading this, KNOCK THIS HELLHOLE DOWN.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 12th May 17

One of the worst places on earth. Perry Barr is an absolute hole, there were 2 dead bodies found in and around the city North Campus when I lived there, one was on Oscott Road a road I used frequently. My flatmate was mugged within 2 days of moving in. The place is depressing, every time you need to get food you are in for at least a 10 minute walk to the supermarket and back. The security is more bothered about kicking you out than your safety. Honestly one of the most distressing, disgusting, vile, unrepeatable years of my life, and my housemates and I have agreed that we wouldn't live there for a year even if we were paid £100,000. If you get accepted at BCU and get placed here differ your entry, it's not worth the hassle, pain, heartache, blood, sweat and tears to be honest. Perry Barr is an absolute hole with nothing going on a train station thats 15 minutes away and locals with murderous intent. DO NOT GO HERE. P.s. BCU if you're reading this, KNOCK THIS HELLHOLE DOWN.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 12th May 17

One of the worst places on earth.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 5th April 17

The coppice is a nazi camp for innocent students. The microwave makes your food smell like sick and poo, the fridge smelled like a dead body intact literally everywhere stank and my room had the ex tenants pubes and cum stains everywhere. Everyone who lives in perry barr seems sad, it's not a happy place. You may initially move there with high hopes, but those hopes will quickly diminish as you realise you would be better off in prison. Don't live there this is a genuine comment, it's a hole, I'm surprised the government have made it legal to live in what Romanian orphans have to deal with. It literally always smelled like someone had taken a poo no matter where you were in your flat you can smell some kind of fecec,

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 5th April 17

The understand the full depth of filth the coppice acquires, you must firlty understand the nazi/Russian prison like location. Arriving in perry Barr felt like my parents were dropping me off to serve a 10yr sentence. I found the previous tenants pubic hair around my room throughout the year, whenever the microwave was used, it smelled like someone heating up a poo. if you are looking for any normal first yr uni life experience, the coppice will only provide you with same sensation experienced when you attend a funeral, grief. It's horrible do not live there unless you are used to the similar environment Romanian orphans live in. By the end of your experience there the only thing you will gain is a clinical diagnosis of major depressive disorder. I could write an essay on the coppice, but I am being restricted by the word count. This comment comes to you all for free however I served a year to gain the evidence for my comment.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 29th March 16

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.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 25th February 16

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.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 17th January 16

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 30th September 15

the runt of the litter, as far as BCU halls are concerned, 20 min bus from campus,very little social space, no en suite, with that said, very cheap, good internet speed, decent enough

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 29th September 15

Room is spacious, homely and 2 bathrooms. No social area unlike other halls of residence, it seems they put all the erasmus and international students here as I had only just one option to choose for halls.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 22nd September 15

We've had broken equipment and the shower is constantly either scalding or freezing

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd July 15

Not bad, although there's been a lot of building works this year - 'improvements' that haven't improved much as far as i can see, just made the seating wackier!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 11th July 15

Generally a clean and tidy living experience.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th July 15

The halls were a great bonding experience and I've never become so close to people before :)

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15

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.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 26th May 15

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.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 25th April 15

Abit dusty but a decent place to live should be cheaper though

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 24th April 15

For the same price you could get an ensuite bathroom and double bed with a much larger kitchen, with two sofas that are rather comfortable to sleep on and a large screen TVs in the common area

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 24th April 15

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

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 23rd April 15

The management staff are extremely rude. Security unhelpful! Very social place to live though, much nicer than Oscott gardens, not the worse place to live ever!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 23rd April 15

The coppice is like marmite some people will love it most will hate it

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd April 15

It's cool, it'll do, better than Oscott Gardens and the people are sound

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Not great facilities but you get what you pay for. Very social. Cheap and cheerful.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 22nd April 15

Met lovely people and had a great social experience. The kitchen needs better equipment and beds/mattresses in rooms aren't very good quality.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 22nd April 15

happy with the location and how close the halls are. As this is good to interact and meet new people. Love the student union bar. Needs to be a common room.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 22nd April 15

Security take their job far too seriously, we always get threatened with fines for the building falling apart and the walls are as thin as paper.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 22nd April 15

Awful, cheap showers, oven didn't work, hardly any space.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 22nd April 15

Lived with the dirtiest people I've ever lived with. Worst accommodation ever.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 22nd April 15

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.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 22nd April 15

Poor storage facilities and not value for the money you're paying.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 22nd April 15

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

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 22nd April 15

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

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 10th April 15

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!

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