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The accommodation is laid out more like a small village than blocks of flats, so the sense of community between the entire accommodation is unmatched. The balconies are great places to socialise with neighbours in the sun, and are a gift from god during house parties. This was (in my year anyway) the only accommodation to have a washing machine and a dryer in each house, free of charge to use. Despite being 5-12 minutes from anywhere on campus, this accommodation is surrounded by trees, grass and woodland, meaning wildlife would appear very frequently (there’s a badger who pops up every now and again and wanders around). It’s by no means the cheapest accommodation, and there’s no en-suites, but sharing with 1 or 2 other people is really not an issue at all. The rooms are very spacious, and feel very homely. We did encounter a few silverfish in the house but it was nothing you wouldn’t find anywhere else. The cleaners are lovely. I wouldn’t choose anywhere else over Brighthelm
The hall management is appalling.**BED BUGS** **ROTTED OUT BATHROOM FLOOR** **MIGHT TAKE AWAY THE WASHING MACHINES NEXT YEAR** The houses look nice on the outside but many are rotted out on the inside. The cleaning staff are only given one or two days to clean all 50 houses after the summer students and many people that moved in this year moved into dirty houses. When i found bed bugs in my room it was a battle to get halls management to do anything, and all that is being done is just my room so they will just move to other rooms and then come back. There is also a massive rotted out hole in my upstairs bathroom floor. House i was in last year had bird mites from bird nest - again uni did nothing. Brig is only worth it for washing machines and apparently, SEF (owners of halls) want to take those away next year too (I'm guessing someone over there got a nice backhander from the launderette owners ;) ) Oh and there is zero sound isolation from paper thin walls.
Brighthelm is in the best location, lovely place, very homely. Great mix of social, but a good place to live if you want to study as well. You don't honestly need an en suite, you share a large bathroom and shower between 1.5 people! Best value for money.
Really good accomodation for those who can afford it. Comfortable 5-person terrace homes, with Tumble Driers and Washing Machines. A little far up from Co-op and the rest of campus, but easily makes up for it in being great for parties, or just comfortable living.
The maintenance of this place was terrible. I had disgustingly messy housemates, who eventually got so bad it led to us getting mice in the kitchen. I reported this problem every week to the porter, and no one did anything. Eventually rats replaced the mice, and still nothing happened! It was a health hazard, especially as most of the lights didn't work either in the stairwells. However, it did have a great patio for barbecues, the rooms were big and the washing machine and dryer were a big plus. Still overpriced in my opinion though.
Great facilities however social aspect isn't great because you're only sharing with 4 other people the social aspect isn't so good. Also your facilities manager is based in swanborough so you have to walk a bit further to sort out any issues but it's not too bad. I have enjoyed my time there
The hall I'm staying in is near perfect completely equipped with everything (washing machine & dryer) and with only 5 people per house it's quite convenient and comfortable to manage and socialise. Moreover the room is quite spacious and with a lot of spaces to store things compared to other halls in the uni. The bathroom and toilet is also better than other houses ( in my opinion ) and I would say the rent is value for money compared to the rest of the halls here.
I've loved living in Brighthelm, the washing machine is a definite bonus and the kitchen/social area is great. Best value for money at Sussex in my opinion, the 2 bathrooms between 5 people is fine and makes an ensuite seem unnessecary. However, management of the accommodation is quite poor- when we report something i.e. broken hob, cold shower, or worst of all, MICE, nothing is done for weeks if not months, even if we report several times!