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Aitken is great, big rooms, big kitchens, sinks in your room, stairs! Probably the UOB accommodation with the most unique selling points and was just refurbished. The storage is great too! Whilst it is on the far side of the vale, you don't have to pass the other accommodations if you go up the hill, like you would at Chamberlain/Elgar/Maple Bank. Plus a great view of the lake! Whilst I get on with my flatmates, aren't close them but can't fault Aitken for that. It's fairly quiet and chill if that's what you're after.
I wanted to love Aitken but I really didn’t. It’s bland, whitewashed walls and dampish smell wasn’t very welcoming at all when I arrived. My friends even likened it to a hospital ward. Also, it’s the furthest away from campus and up a massive hill so the location isn’t great. My social experience wasn’t great either as I didn’t really get on that well with my flatmates. A major problem I found with aitken is that the walls are paper thin so you can hear everything. I was next to the kitchen and literally could hear every word of every conversation that was had in there. So overall, even though it’s good value for money, I wish I’d never picked aitken as after looking in every other accommodation (even maple bank) I can assure you they were far more homely than aitken.
Recommend aitken so much! So social and being on meal plan is so much easier and helps you socialise. It's so much better value for money than most other accomdation! Sink in the room is so convient and in most flats 2 bathrooms for 6 people so never any issues waiting. Also you need to be on the vale! Enjoyed aitken so much!!!
They would anything that you need as soon as possible. The stuff is friendly and helpful. Wifi was a bit s****. Only negative is the location. It is on the leith walk. It's a cool place with a lot if bars and sainsburys on the ground floor! But it is half an hour walk to the george square.
Nice people, decent sized rooms. Absolutely poor management, take ages to fix things. Bought a TV license and my tv with me and they have aerial sockets but can't be bothered to fix them. Meal plan is convenient but all frozen, processed crap and won't last you the full week
Being a rare and mythical creature that is a (former) resident of Aitken, I can tell you that it is the greatest pleasure when bleary eyed and confused in the smoking area of Snobs to meet a fellow Aitkener. You relive the halcyon days of the treehouse lifestyle; when people wandered into each other's kitchens for a cup of tea, when you had to walk for ages to get pizzas on Aitken Wednesday and when the washbasin (we are very proud of our washbasins) fell off the wall because your drunk friend tried to take a dump in it. Aitken is cheap and cheerful, without being the sinkhole of despair that is Maple Bank. Yes Chamberlain does tower over us with their shiny kitchens and lines of Prosecco bottles, but due to our small and hidden location, we are doubly proud and fiercely loyal to our halls. Plus you get a roomy kitchen even though the halls are catered. A great place to make memories and friends, just don't expect maintenance to fix your broken light anytime soon.
Good location at the top of the Vale yet quicker to get to than Maple or Shackleton, great views of the lake too! However the rooms are smelly and with only single glazed windows, everything outside can be heard so very noisy! Carpets need changing in most flats. Although they've all received new kitchens, which are nice, new bathrooms are most definitely needed! Not worth the price paid, when compared to halls of the same price, e.g. Jarratt Hall. Also, meal plan is not worth the money!!
Great vibe without too many people so you get to know all the people in halls. If you want a night out you can find someone, let alone having great socials organized by the Residents Association. Plus we get some of the biggest rooms of all halls, as well as kitchens bigger than the self catered halls
Aitken is the smallest halls at UoB which is what makes it one of the best! You know everyone who lives there. It's on the beautiful Vale and you even get Meal plan, which is ideal. It's genuinely the best value for money of all the halls.
Amazing feel to the whole place! Friendly! Social! But also quiet enough to study and do work. I've stayed in my flat alone and with no one else in the block on my own and i've felr perfectly safe! Near morrison's for essentials, because you're on meal plan, which provides plenty of food and options but for things like milk and fruit its located nicely! Lovely views across the lake, and only 15-20 minutes walk from campus!