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I wasn't really looking forward to sharing a kitchen with 12 people and thought it looked abit manky round the edges, but i am soo glad to live in Park Houses. Very social, (your'e bound to get on with at least some of your flatmates), its generally as clean as you choose to keep it, bit noisy with the neverending partys but overall worth it. Definately choose it over the more expensive accomodations which are proper lonely on the whole.
I was put into york for my foundation year which was my first choice because of the low rent so I’d have more money for going out however this is one of my biggest regrets. The kitchen is tiny and doesn’t have enough chairs for everyone supposed to be there let alone holding pres for the whole floor, also the cleaners do absolutely nothing with cleaning it (even when it’s left in good conditions for them to clean). My room and a lot of my friends rooms had mould around the windows so we had to get the replaced. The internet is none existent I had to email IT 5 times for them to bring our kitchen a WiFi box which still did nothing. York has a 24 hour reception meaning people under the age of 17 (mostly international students) are put there for safety and therefore a lot of the residents don’t go on nights out or even socialise. The shared toilets and showers has never been an issue, apart from the cleaners never giving us toilet paper. DONT APPLY FOR PARK HOUSES ESPECIALLY YORK.
The rooms and kitchen are both fine, and it's on their cheaper side of Brighton accomodation but the cleaning is an absolute joke. There cleaners, leave our toilets for weeks without toilet roll and continuously make rude, loud remarks in the early hours of them morning. Besides that, Lancaster house definitely seemed the most social, and I had a fantastic time here.
Kent house was definitely the most social halls to live in. It was the third cheapest accommodation offered by Sussex Uni making it fun and affordable. The kitchens are relatively new and bedrooms are a decent size... bathrooms/showers kinda gross though.
awful experience with other students which is still unresolved. disgusting also filthy RAs (second year students who 'look after' us for cheaper rent) always stoned and unhelpful. go more expensive or live off campus!!!
Lancaster. Little bit mouldy but manageable. Newer kitchens and bathrooms than other Park house buildings. Not enough cleaning of kitchens and bathrooms. Can be loud as its one big building with a court yard in the middle but overall good communal atmosphere
I had the best year of my life in the wonderful building that is Norwich House. The first main plus is the location. It is one of the closest halls to the lecture theatres, which is very handy for the lazy students like me who like to get out of bed 5 minutes before their 9am! Probably the biggest factor though, is the atmosphere/sense of community that Norwich House (and possibly the other park houses) seems to have. The shape of the building itself (a square with a courtyard in the middle) encourages socialising. Walking through multiple corridors to get to a friends on the other side of Norwich house became part of my daily routine, and I would often stop and chat to people I stumbled across on the way. With regards to other halls, I wouldn't recommend the more expensive ones as a general rule (less social & tend to be further from centre). Park houses are definitely a good compromise for price and quality!
After not being accepted into my first place accommodation, I was somewhat apprehensive to be living in Lancaster house for my first year at the University of Sussex. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of my accommodation. My room was spacious (with plenty of storage), the shared toilets and showers were of a good quality and the kitchen was more modern than I had anticipated. On the social side of things, I quickly made friends in my halls and having East Slope Bar a mere stumble away from my bed was always convenient. If I were to have one complaint about Lancaster house, it would be the security -petty kitchen theft was common place toward the end of the year (I wasn't too fond of the basket ball court being outside my window either, but I quickly got used to it) .Ultimately, my experience living here has been positive. Compared to the other park houses, in my opinion, I felt that Lancaster house was the best and was great value for money.
Although I know that Brighton house prices are known as being "London outside London", I don't see why this should apply to university owned accommodation on a campus that isn't even in Brighton. The prices are going up next year, and I think that is an abomination. I pay £108 a week for open plan living, poor facilities and a cramped kitchen (seriously, 12 students to a kitchen is just not on). Furthermore, I have had to have many an email exchange with our building manager, due to the horrendous state of the cleaning. Our kitchen is never cleaned properly, our oven shelves dumped outside, surfaces ignored and floor not even swept. As for the bathrooms, as far as I can tell all she does is a cursory wipe of the sink/floor. The toilets are stained, the showers clogged, and don't even get me started on what's floating in the toilet brush holders. She has even thrown away expensive razors and electric toothbrushes. Don't live here, trust me.