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Maple Bank is the best value for money on The Vale. You actually get larger bedrooms than other halls but you have a much smaller living area/kitchen. The location means it is a 20/25 minute walk from Old Joe, you can even walk directly down the canal path for a more scenic route directly to the Uni Station. The one drawback is that it is up a hill on the way back from Uni. The Hall management is good, you can report maintenace issues at the Hub in Shackleton or from the phone in your room. Issues are resolved quickly. Also, when you have flat parties, because the accommodation is older, you don't have to worry so much about breaking things. The Duck is a great night out when you can't make it to Broad Street and a quick 3 minute stagger home. Drinks are very affordable and there's a pub quiz every weekend with good prices.

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By Sarah
On 27th June 15

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Maple Bank is the best value for money on The Vale. You actually get larger bedrooms than other halls but you have a much smaller living area/kitchen. The location means it is a 20/25 minute walk from Old Joe, you can even walk directly down the canal path for a more scenic route directly to the Uni Station. The one drawback is that it is up a hill on the way back from Uni. The Hall management is good, you can report maintenace issues at the Hub in Shackleton or from the phone in your room. Issues are resolved quickly. Also, when you have flat parties, because the accommodation is older, you don't have to worry so much about breaking things. The Duck is a great night out when you can't make it to Broad Street and a quick 3 minute stagger home. Drinks are very affordable and there's a pub quiz every weekend with good prices.

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By Sarah
On 27th June 15

Maple Bank Information

CampusThe Vale Village
PostcodeB15 3TE / 3TF
CateringSelf-catered
No. of rooms435
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th October 17

Good fun, everyone's quite friendly

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 18th December 16

Everyone is so frindly and easy to talk to; very easy place to get to know people with The Hub a 30 second walk away. The campus is a 15/20 minute walk away and Morrisons even quicker. Maintaince can take a little too long to arrive to fix a job sometimes.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th September 16

Maple Bank is definitely the best value for money accommodation, but do not be surprised if things are falling apart and everything seems pretty old. It's the oldest halls on the Vale and it shows. Whilst you're guaranteed to have fun there is very little space to have parties. The kitchens are the only communal area in each flat and this is way too small to have a decent number of people.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 5th June 16

do not apply for this accommodation. The kitchen is absolutely tiny and so gets really messy when your living with people that don't want to wash up. Our fridge and freezer doors didn't shut properly and maintenance never came to fix this. There was mould all over my floor when I arrived and not much was done about it. There is absolutely no social area other than 1 tiny sofa crammed into the corner. Worth paying a bit more to get nicer halls in my opinion.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 28th April 16

Cheap and cheerful, wonderful place with wonderful people.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th April 16

Its a bit of a trek from campus compared to closer halls, but only 20 minutes which is doable! Also right next to the canal, meaning you can get to Uni station within 15 minutes which is great! Perfect to cycle down too, get to uni in no time! Especially as Maple has its own bike shed! Also one of the few halls to have a laundrette onsite to get washing done without carrying it around the vale! Rooms are decent sized, bathrooms are new, kitchen is modern however it is small. This is the only draw back really! But it is adequate to fit people in to for parties/pre's and is a perfect size for cooking/socialising as a flat!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 14th April 16

Is quite small in size but feels cozy. The accommodation is good value for money.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 14th April 16

Cheapest accommodation offered and you definitely get what you pay for. Kitchen is tiny, but bedrooms are decent sized. Everything tends to break a lot and often doesn't get fixed for a while - we had no hot water or heating for a long time.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 14th April 16

While the kitchen space is small, it is adequate for cooking (and a surprisingly large number of people can fit in reasonably comfortably for pre-drinks). The bedrooms are also quite spacious. It's a reasonable 20 minute walk to campus. There are also Hall events, usually to a nightclub, which are good fun. Maple bank provides by far the best value for money out of all the accommodations in my opinion (I advise against the meal plan option as it is much cheaper to cook for yourself). The only let down is the sheer incompetence of maintenance: they take weeks to fix even minor problems. I suspect this is either because they are understaffed or the organisation is poor. However, I believe all the residents on the Vale suffer from this, so this problem is not limited to Maple Bank.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th April 16

Cheapest accommodation for University of Birmingham, but it does the trick! While the kitchen/dining area is too small for mass socialising, the bedrooms are a reasonable size, and sharing a bathroom is no big deal provided you live with decent people. Would recommend!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th April 16

It is a long walk from the Uni (30 mins more or less) and the kitchens are tiny so it's not like you can have huge pres there! Also, I was very unlucky and lived in a really unsocial block...

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 13th November 15

Best value for money, but everything is broken and there is no maintenance and it's very small

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th November 15

Friendly, very social feel. Location means it can be relaxing, and a nice calm spot, but also at times really lively and fun. Amazing value for money too.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th November 15

Best value for money by far, half the price of many others. Obviously fairly basic, but does the job, especially for meal plan students. Fantastic social atmosphere, and within easy reach of all facilities.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 20th October 15

Great environment to make friends, parties, very social.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 17th October 15

I Think it is the cheapest, and sometimes it may seem that way, but its perfectly good as first year accommodation! There is only a small living space/kitchen in terms of social space, but it brings everyone together. A few problems the first couple of weeks - e.g. leak under sink, hot water didn't work - but the repairs desk/team sorted these out in maximum of 2 days. Its probably the furthest accommodation from campus/lecture theatres etc, but only about 5/10 minutes walk further away than the other accommodations. Right next to laundrette which is a really good facility. The maple bank bike shed is good and secure, but can get very crowded/busy with bikes at times and is messy a lot. 15/20 minute walk to a Morrisons supermarket. Close to the Hub for the bar/costcutter/pizza. I wouldn't change my accommodation choice if I could go back in time and change it, so I hope that says it all!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th October 15

I loved this hall as you got exactly what you payed for. Although it is small this is perfect as a student as everyone got to know each other and it is a very social environment. Simple and fun.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 13th October 15

You're a walk from Uni (30 mins-ish), but you've got a laundrette right next door, and you're very close to the Hub. 20 min walk to the Morrisons. 20 min walk to Five Ways train station. Block 1 neighbours the train track and a primary school which can get annoying if you leave your window open when you're trying to work. The social area is quite small, but you can work with it. The kitchen and bathroom are pretty decently sized. Bedrooms are very nice. Tends to be a good community environment, lots of flats and even blocks are friends with each other. It's not on meal plan and you don't get cleaners so as long as you're out with students who clean up after themselves you're sorted. Basically it's what you want if you're looking for something cheap, social, but still nice.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 5th October 15

not too bad, chose the cheapest so what can you expect

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 5th October 15

Near Hub, facilities are a bit dodgy and need people out a lot to repair. Really social though with flats of 5 and flats next door and upstairs. Big desks and good wardrobe space. Kitchen is small which isn't an issue if on meal plan.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 2nd October 15

Great place to stay, it's the cheapest place to stay on the Vale and cheapest offered by the Uni. However it's the worst looking, but still a good laugh. Bathrooms are shared, kitchen is tiny, the sofa in there is tiny and uncomfortable. But it's a great place to live, 15 minute walk to campus, 1 minute to the student hub for all my food. I'd recommend to anyone that doesn't mind not having an ensuite.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 27th September 15

Here's the thing, it's crap but great. Half the stuff in our flat doesn't work but it has a nice character, it's dirt cheap, the rooms are surprisingly big got all the space you need and everyone in the building is wonderful, I definitely recommend it. Though bring a bike, half hour walk to campus :/

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 7th September 15

Great value for money and social

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 25th August 15

Best place to live on the vale!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th June 15

Maple Bank is the best value for money on The Vale. You actually get larger bedrooms than other halls but you have a much smaller living area/kitchen. The location means it is a 20/25 minute walk from Old Joe, you can even walk directly down the canal path for a more scenic route directly to the Uni Station. The one drawback is that it is up a hill on the way back from Uni. The Hall management is good, you can report maintenace issues at the Hub in Shackleton or from the phone in your room. Issues are resolved quickly. Also, when you have flat parties, because the accommodation is older, you don't have to worry so much about breaking things. The Duck is a great night out when you can't make it to Broad Street and a quick 3 minute stagger home. Drinks are very affordable and there's a pub quiz every weekend with good prices.

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

Amazing, might be small but atmosphere is amazing and definitely most fun at Birmingham!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 28th March 15

Really fun place to live, but a bit far from uni and meal plan is quite pricey!

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