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The porters are constantly stressed. Block 1 has been out of warm water for an entire week at the moment and they still didn’t bother to fix the problem even though everyone has gotten ill from the incident. 4 flatmates including me have gotten ill and they still don’t care. The flat constantly has problems including leaking toilets, clogged drains, not enough cupboards. It’s a pain honestly. There is no launderette so you have to walk across campus to find the nearest one. The rooms are extremely tiny for the price point. The only good thing in Swanborough is the location and WiFi.
It’s locate in the centre of the university. You can get to the lecture or even bus stop for a very short distance. One thing that is worth to mention is that the laundry room is very far away from the accommodation as it doesn’t have one itself.
Nice halls but not worth the amount they're asking, quite a few of the kitchen furnishings are broken but still technically work so aren't fixed. Convenient location, but not worth paying the extra money for. Reception is only open a couple of hours each day so very difficult to get your post, you have to be lucky enough not to have lectures when the reception is open or you won't get your deliveries on time. The sound proofing is quite good which is useful for the small rooms. Atrocious internet. The speed tests are great but only because they usually use servers located in the uni so the speeds you'll get are no way near as good as the speed test indicated. 200 ping on average in online games with a wired connection and nothing you can do about it bar complaining to an uninterested IT service. Can't stream in HD. Wifi and wired networks are separate. Forces you to log on every time you start a device and download security software every time.
I got on with my flatmates immediately - Swanborough can be either extremely social or completely the opposite however I got lucky (but it's like that with all accommodation) - our flats still socialise amongst the entire block though, and going to the co-op only seconds away is a blessing! The internet, despite being in the middle of campus, can be difficult to connect to at times but once you've established a connection it's quite strong. Great space and living/kitchen area. En suite is a nice size. Beds come with a side table which other on-site accommodation doesn't seem to have!
Not great value for money, constantly finding bugs such as spiders and there's always woodlouce in the bathroom once you've had a shower. Large kitchen which is good, and the hall is central to the campus so you don't have to walk far to get to lectures etc. If you have a problem, good luck getting it fixed, they don't care if you have bed bugs in the mattress or if your wardrobe door is hanging off its hinges.
I was luckily placed with very social people in my flat, and my neighbours across and upstairs were just as sociable too. The layout is very social and spacious and the rooms are very cosy. Extremely convenient location for last minute runs to the co-op, and specific to me I am literally only 2 minutes away from my seminar location. Quiet at night too.
The location is perfect, but the facilities can be improve. The room is quite small comparing to others hall. The table does not have drawers. There are no way to turn off the light when you lying on the bed. The Mattress is in poor condition. Don't ever expect they will fix your problem within a month if it is not urgent. Since there is no laundry service provide in Swanborough, you might have to walk a long way to Park Village laundry.
Most things were dirty and unclean when i turned up , even now our oven doesn't work our freezer doesn't freeze its a night mare. so much is broken such as floor seals the kettle not having matching electrical components. I have to keep chasing up whats happening and its wasting my time as its not getting anywhere. its also wasting my money as i have to buy expensive food just to be able to eat. which ultimately makes the value for money terrible. The wifi keeps coming and going and loves to freeze and be incredibly slow. there is no social area for this residents and its such a shame it would be fantastic if there way. And because of this the social experience is really bad compared to other halls such as Northfields lewes court and east slope. however the location is absolutely perfect and i feel thats probably only one of the reasons why i enjoy being here and the fact i have the best room mates however doesn't make its value for money really worth it .
You basically pay more for the location, rooms are smaller than most other halls and you'd expect a lot more from it. Especially a laundrette. But it's great to be so close to everything: bus stop, co-op, and classes.
All the sockets in the kitchen trip out almost everyday and maintenence take about 2 hours to come and do anything about it. Appliances in the kitchen are not of good quality at all. Other than that, everything else is great.
More expensive than Northfield, and from my experience not worth the money. I spent the first term living in Swanborough before moving to Northfield. Swanborough is closer to the heart of campus but only by 7mins tops & you might not think it now but the extra walk can be really great to wake you up before a lecture in the morning, or afternoon ;), & the extra walk & fact northfield backs onto the beautiful countryside & where rabbits roam around is really uplifting. Swanborough also doesn't have its own laundrette or social space, and there is constant background noise from the road traffic, and students outside due to it being right in the centre of campus. If I could go back and choose again i'd pick northfield.
Spacious kitchen/dining area and great to hang out there, cleaners every week and super friendly. Bedroom is a little on the smaller side compared so some of the other halls but it has HUGE wardrobe space and a great bathroom (although shower pressure is much to be desired). Only thing I disliked was that there wasn't really any common social area for everyone (although apart from a couple of ping pong tables out the front)
Nice that it's so close to everything. Rooms are very nice (second only to Northfield). Was close to East Slope Bar, but it's getting knocked down. Social experience can depend on your flatmates, but when the sun's out the green space tends to be busy and there's a table tennis table. Flat parties not as common as with the cheaper halls (Norwich house and East Slope get much more going on). It can take long for requests to be taken when there are issues. It took weeks for management to fix the light in my en-suite and the second freezer has been broken all year, we have reported it broken multiple times.
- Just awful. - The place is invested with silverfish and mice. - You'll end up living with the worst and most antisocial people. - The social area is like the waiting area in a dentist, so when you actually bring friends from outside the flat (because you'll hate all your flatmates) it feels wrong and uncomfortable. The only good thing about this place is the en suite and the fact that you can crawl to the co op.