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I have been in Dorchester House for my first year of University and it has been amazing to live there. My room and kitchen area has been very spacious as well as the social spaces outside the flats. Dorchester House and their management handled the lockdown and the situation with COVID-19 of 2020 very well and gave very clear instructions to residents, communicated with me when coming to reception and were always helpful when needed. I am very happy that I have extended my stay in Dorchester House until September 2020 and looking forward to spend 2 more months in this accommodation.

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By member648509
On 20th May 20

Bournemouth University (BU) Hall Rankings


Home Park #1
Dorchester House #2
Purbeck House #3
Winton Halls #4
Corfe House #5
Cranborne House #6
Chesil House #7
Lyme Regis House #8
St John's Road #9
Belaton House #10

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I have been in Dorchester House for my first year of University and it has been amazing to live there. My room and kitchen area has been very spacious as well as the social spaces outside the flats. Dorchester House and their management handled the lockdown and the situation with COVID-19 of 2020 very well and gave very clear instructions to residents, communicated with me when coming to reception and were always helpful when needed. I am very happy that I have extended my stay in Dorchester House until September 2020 and looking forward to spend 2 more months in this accommodation.

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By member648509
On 20th May 20

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Covid-19 Response

TEACHING DELIVERY STATUS:
Confirmed Sept/Oct start
TEACHING MODE:
Online learning
OPEN DAYS:
12th Jun & 3rd Jul
TEACHING NOTES:
Under current guidelines, only small numbers of students are permitted to return to face-to-face teaching, with the Government confirming that restrictions will remain in place for universities until at least phase three of Covid-19 restriction easing, 17 May at the earliest.
This is the latest available data taken from the bournemouth.ac.uk website on 26th April 2021. Read all universities responses in our Covid-19 university response article.

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What room number is furthest away from the kitchen ?
By member755973 On 9th April 21
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What are the new rules for guests during the covid situation?
By member950988 On 6th September 20
same as most places 6 people, not allowed guest expect for certain exceptions
By On 26th September 20
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Does Dorchester House have cladding
By member549456 On 20th June 20
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Are flats 103 and 104 on the same floor in the same building
By member447421 On 19th April 20
I was in flat 103 in 2018, yes they're in the same building. They're either on the same floor or flat 104 is the floor above.
By member553285 On 3rd January 21
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Do the rooms have a tv Ariel point?
By member546037 On 22nd February 20
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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 4th August 20

Wifi went a number of times. Constantly had issues with the rooms in our flat and kitchen. Way too overpriced for what you get. Only plus side is the location is great. Everything else is pretty poor. Washing machines were also always broken

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th May 20

I have been in Dorchester House for my first year of University and it has been amazing to live there. My room and kitchen area has been very spacious as well as the social spaces outside the flats. Dorchester House and their management handled the lockdown and the situation with COVID-19 of 2020 very well and gave very clear instructions to residents, communicated with me when coming to reception and were always helpful when needed. I am very happy that I have extended my stay in Dorchester House until September 2020 and looking forward to spend 2 more months in this accommodation.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th May 20

The staff have made living here a delight.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th April 20

Everything about Dorchester House was extremely average. In a good way. No major problems and the community life is pretty good. It’s right by the station and bus stations and right next to Asda. It’s the perfect spot. The rooms could do with updating however.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 26th May 19

Great place to study

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 15th May 19

While the building itself is fine, the management and staff team are abysmal at doing their jobs. Emails are not answered within a reasonable amount of time, inspections are not carried out in a fair and decent way - I had a "window inspection" carried out the day before my window started to leak and destroyed some of my computer equipment. Obviously, these checks are not conducted to the standard that you would expect when paying the extortionate prices. Considering a basic student loan will leave a person around £700 short every quarter, the value for money is just not there. I would warn any and all potential student at Bournemouth to avoid this accommodation at all costs, unless you are a fan of poor service and communication from the staff.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 29th March 18

Location was definitely the best part, with Asda, co-op, bars and clubs within very short walking distance. Also very useful with it being the first stop for the uni bus, meaning you get on before anyone from other halls. Minority of staff I dealt with were very nice but have to say most were pretty poor, very condescending and patronising towards students, eg I failed a room inspection without the member of staff entering the room, I simply opened the door and he told me I had failed straight away, because I had a pair of jeans on the floor, when there was nothing wrong with the rest of the room, just felt the guy was in a bad mood and had something against students. Staff would also turn up unannounced for ‘inspection’ which was very annoying, especially during exam period. Lights in the communal areas were automatic, no switches, which was a huge waste of energy. Bedrooms were very nice with everything there that you’d need, large desk, double bed, and en suite.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th February 18

First impression...not v clean. Had too give shower unit and walls a wipe over. Curtain never fitted track properly. Kept having adjust too clise priperly. Floor nightmare...swept every day and still kept finding dust flufv on floor. Mould forming up walls...kept cleaning but when emptied flat too clean was worse than when orig saw...even keeping room dry aired didnt help. Friend kept loosing hot water so had keep comong my apartment for shower....common room never seemed tidy always stank. Supposed been best halls out of all lansdowne but felt like worse. Def not worth the money you pay.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd January 18

Don't stay here if you don't like bugs. This place is filled with silverfish, on the floors, under your bed, on the walls, from your room to the bathroom and the kitchen they're everywhere. Security put traps in which are basically just stickers and they're still everywhere. Best location you could want for halls. Rooms are lovely and flats are modern. However there are doors between each room and if its windy outside or at night you will hear these doors bang which is really annoying. Only stay here if you're sociable because dorch is full of party goers. Internet is so fast for such a large building. Washing machines are awful and need updating. If you're looking value for money I would advise you to go to Purbeck.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 29th July 17

Glad so many students like this place!! I find Dorchester House adequate to good, though some things are very annoying! The lights come on all the time, night or day, and you can't turn them off - waste of energy and unpleasant. There's no switch to turn off the fan & light in the bathroom pod, and the fan is so noisy! [You can solve it, though, so be creative! ;-) ] Was asked to remove and store all belongings for "deep clean"... When I returned, the cleaners were sitting in the corridor chatting while the floors clearly hadn't been cleaned, the shelves, surfaces and window sills not wiped - so what exactly is a deep clean? There is no small saucepan with a lid, so had to buy one. There's an ironing board, but no iron! Which bin is for recycling, if any? I'm here in July, and they've given me a winter duvet - very uncomfortable; will buy my own. But then, I live here as a teacher, not a student, and am used to my own home comforts.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 17th March 17

Wow! What a halls to live in!!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th September 16

Best halls ive ever seen. Been to many others and its just not the same as dorch!

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

This acomadation is absolutely amazing, I loved it here

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 3rd April 16

Double bed is so comfy and a really nice place to be.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th July 15

Nice place but not much done about troublemakers

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th July 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th July 15

My experience at dorchester house was poor. One thing that was not clear to me when moving in to dorchester is that if you wanted to leave, then you had to find your own replacement (which seemed near impossible at the time.) Luckilly i managed to find someone with the help of the university.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th July 15

New, clean, lost of space, wooden floor and big kitchen. Asda just sveis the street and close to bars and clubs. Basically all you can ask for In a student accomendation

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

Amazing year. Really nice staff and security. Mail room was great and safe! Double beds and huge clean kitchens !!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15

Good although Expensive

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15

The condition of the building and rooms are good but the rooms are small and there's no social activity - it doesn't feel communal

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

Expensive for what you get and bad management of situations

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15

was nice - we were the first ones in the halls!

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

amazing

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Best stay ever. We were in there the first year it opened. Only thing was they never put soap in the washing machines when I was there. So minor. They were so chilled about everything and had the best time.

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

Nicest student accommodation you will find! Great team that get things sorted ASAP.

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