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pretty good value for money, the kitchen is big, the rooms are very large for the price with big windows and nice desks. the bathrooms are not great but do the job. the cleaners don't do a great job (never hoover the hallway or clean the microwave), and they often won't clean the kitchen/bathroom for small reasons. but whenever we have had a maintenance issue it has been resolved really quickly. the security isn't great, so students pretty much do what they want, which works out for us as there's always parties going on somewhere. the community in Favell is really great and people are always helpful when you need to borrow something. the staff at the front desk can be rude at times, and there's a delay getting parcels after they're delivered. the laundry is extortionate, around 7.50 for one load of laundry (wash and dry) and it often is not fully clean/dry when it comes out. however the location is perfect, 15-30 minutes walk to most uni buildings and loads of shops around.
On paper Favell seems okay: great location, & despite the ugly exterior rooms are pretty big with a 3/4 double bed & a lot of storage, but the downsides completely outweigh the positives. Unite & Resilife have treated us like squatters rather than paying tenants. The washing machines, charging £3 per wash, were broken for the majority of the year so we had to go to another building to wash our clothes. We complained countless times but they would never respond to our emails. Additionally, the halls were overcome with mould & Riverside left us living in an unsafe environment for months until they finally “fixed” it. This did not work & the roof began leaking again. They did not give us any money back for this. The kitchens & bathrooms have no vents or windows & would be upwards of 25 degrees when we all cooked/ showered. Staff are inconsiderate. It recently came out that the Resilife team withheld £20,000 from Riverside. Proof they don’t care about students here.
Been living here for a term and 1/2 now and would advise people against living here until Unite get their sh*t together and sort out the building and their attitude towards students. Honestly please avoid Unite accommodation at all costs due to their sheer inability to sort out maintenance issues or admin and their treatment of students like children. We have encountered a huge scale mould issue, which took them multiple months to "sort out" before they realised that it is actually a structural issue - hence why we have had a leak in our living room for over a month now- and frankly the building is a safety hazard. We are meant to be getting a goodwill payment eventually but I don't have hope it'll be much. The rooms are nice, good size, nice desk, comfy 3/4 double bed, large wardrobe and the students living here make it sort of worthwhile, but with the amount of problems we've experienced I would not recommend that anyone live here unless they want to get f**ked over.
Favell is a great accommodation that is definitely underrated (don't be fooled by the Hitler reacts video). From the outside it might not look fab but the flats and rooms are spacious. There are small double beds with side tables, large desks and plenty of space for storage. I've been in a flat of 7 this year and we've all had a lot of fun and get on really well, and made other friends in the building. It's super close to a lot of pubs and clubs, and even the furthest clubs are within walking distance. The main shops (Cabot Circus) are super close, there's a corner store downstairs, and there's lots of foodie restaurants, cafes and markets around (e.g. St Nick's Market, Wapping Wharf). Queen's Square and the river are also right on your doorstep. It's a 15-20 minute walk to uni and there was a free bus pass for first years.
Favell, Waverley and Rackhay are a trio complex otherwise known as riverside and they are the most underrated student accommodation. Don't be disheartened if you get your third choice as it was probably for the best. The location is prime, right next to the river for evening chills. Situated close to pretty much everything; pubs, clubs, bars and shopping. The interaction between the three makes it a very social hub which some other accommodations haven't experienced, another social hub such as stoke bishop is a lot different Riverside. Here they don't often come down this far to Bristol apart from for a special occasion as the price of a taxi back is absurd otherwise and walking is just a straight no. Stoke Bishop is loved by the druggies as they can stay in there rooms and have fun as no one there can afford to go out out often, and it's hated by normal people who are stuck in their accommodation with no fun activities nearby. Sharing a toilet is worth all the cons. KEBAB U LIKE 4EVA.
Location is definitely the best thing about it, bedrooms and kitchen/living area are nice, bathrooms are not so great. No common room in Favell House but there is one across the road although I've only used it once
Big rooms, lots of storage, big beds, desk. Good location, near city centre and by the river. Lovely view of the river, but other sides of the block have a view of a wall or one of the other riverside accommodations. The kitchen is big, but when we arrived one of the fridges didn't work, and there were other little problems too. There is a bar on the other side of the road, next to the river, and a restaurant below. Earplugs are useful to get to sleep, though the windows are better at blocking out sound than expected. Cleanliness is an issue. The shower-heads and taps are covered in limescale, the shower had hair in it before it was even used by any of us, the sink, shower and bathroom shelves were covered in dust. Room had marks on desk and windowsill that cleaned off easily, and surfaces were dusty and not pleasant. They claimed the rooms were deep cleaned. Bathrooms the same once cleaners had been two weeks later. Same price as some ensuite rooms, expensive washing machines.
Favell House is fairly modern, the kitchen is cleaned well every other week and the bedrooms are a decent size with the luxury of a double bed. However, it can be very noisy with drunk people walking home in the early hours, the restaurant underneath putting out its rubbish (mainly bottles) at midnight and the incredibly thin walls. This isn't a joke - the walls sometimes feel like they're made of paper. Maintenence is good, but can take forever to arrive. The common room feels a bit sterile, but the activities put on there are fun. It's in a really convenient location, but at the bottom of the hill uni is located on. Really, Favell is just a load of pros and cons that seem to balance each other out to make alright halls that won't make your uni experience any worse, but probably won't be what you remember your first year for.