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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.