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I live in a 5 bed house in Parkwood and it is one of the cheaper accommodations. The kitchen is rather small and not much space to socialise, but it does have enough storage space for your food. There is a cleaner who comes once a week. The room sizes can vary, I was left with one of the smaller rooms but there's still enough space for all of my stuff, though the wardrobe is quite small. The heating in the rooms sometimes acts up and doesn't work. Bed is super comfy :) Parkwood is a nice walking distance to campus (there's rabbits and squirrels). I live in one of the further courts and it takes me 11 minutes to get to my lecture! Shop (too pricey) and study hub nearby which is handy and the bus stop is 2/3 minutes away once you learn the short cut! My 5 bed house wasn't the most sociable but it all really does depend on who you live with. If i had known I would have definitely gone for the 6 bed in Parkwood!
I've enjoyed my stay in parkwood so far. Aside myself all my housemates are international students, which I have mostly enjoyed as you get to see how other people from different cultures live. I would prefer my house hold to be long term as the turn over each term of a household can be daunting when you've just found your groove as a house. The 6 bed houses have lovely rooms , decently sized with plenty of space for all your essentials. Beware that bedroom radiators are not reliable but maintenance will fix them within a day or so. Th kitchen can get cramped but it's manageable- the modern look of it perhaps wins it over. My only real criticism has nothing really to do with the house itself but more of people having parties at unreasonable hours and campus security taking over an hour to stop them! The walls are very thin so everything can be heard regardless of how loud or quiet. Oh, and being back Woody's , it was the best bar on campus
Park Wood is great with a nice community feel. The kitchens are relatively small but being modernised yet there's plenty of kitchen storage space for everyone. Sharing a bathroom is nowhere near as bad as it seems. The rooms are comfortable and have everything you need and it's a really nice location with plenty of bunnies, ducks and woodland. However, it's further away from campus than the other colleges but still only a 10 min walk. The best thing about Park Wood is probably Woody's which is the best bar on campus in my opinion.
Parkwood is kind-of the 'left behind' UKC accommodation. I'm currently staying at the 5-bed house which is lacking in a lot of provisions. There's no social space to hang out with, only a cramped uncomfortable kitchen that can only hold a few people. The dryers and washers in the laundrette are regularly not working - either swallowing your money or failing to wash your clothes. My radiator can be described as schizophrenic at best - even after having it "fixed" it regularly doesn't work. Furthermore there's no consistently in whose staying in the house. There's short term students constantly moving in and out, some of them social and some of them not. It leads to an uncomfortable social environment where it feels more like a hotel than student accomodation. I'd really recommend people think twice before choosing to stay at parkwood. If you can pay a bit extra to go somewhere else it's worth doing.
It is worth noting that the sizes of the rooms vary. The speed of wi fi is okay but it occsaionaly switches from the fast 'eduroam' to the much slower 'wi-fi guest' for no apparant reason. Standard of cleaning is fine in the kitchen but the cleaner often sits in the house for several hours doing stuff on their phone which is rather distracting and uncomfortable. The house definelty lacks a social space, the kitchen is fine but other accomdations on campus have far larger kitchens and social spaces. The location is fine, 10 mins from main campus and there is a shop and pub a two minute walk away from the house. Park Wood is definelty the most social place on campus with a friendly atmosphere and the occasional massive house party. I reccomend Park Wood if you want to save some money and a good social scene, but if you want nicer and more spacious facilities you should look at somewhere like Keynes instead.
Brilliant value for money, the best accommodation in the University of Kent due to the amazing social life and community feel. Park Wood is a student village so it feels like a home away from home. I can't recommend it enough. I originally applied for en suite rooms but the lack of shower in my room is really not an issue because of the high standard of bathroom and value for money. I saved £1500 by not having a bathroom and actually prefer my house to my friends flats.
Despite boasting to be a student village, it lacks enough facilities to cater to the 1,700 students living in Park Wood. The five and six bed houses are one of the cheaper accommodations on campus so it's more value for money in comparasion to the other accommodation types, but the flats seems way too expensive compared with the other flats on campus that have a much better location. Whilst it's furthest away from main campus, it's still a great location as it only take about 20 minutes to get to the other end of campus by foot. Cleaner comes once a week and does the communal areas, but wish they could come more often and restock bin bags and toilet paper more often. If anything broke the office would normally send someone to fix it right away. However, Park Wood on a whole lack social spaces that the other colleges/accommodations enjoy, especially the houes.
The house I lived in was great for socialising, even with a large group of people. It was located less than a minute away from the convenience store and pub and only a 10 minute walk to main campus, ideal location for first year!
Value for money is 5 stars because although the house is very basic, the green area, Essentials, Woodys and the social aspect of Park Wood in general definitely make up for it. Location is 4 stars because it is about 10 minutes away from campus. Everything else is perfect. Hall management is 4 stars as the maintenance checks are thorough, if someone doesn't work it is immediately replaced and any problems with lights, toilet etc. are dealt with swiftly. Cleaning is 3 stars as we have had problems with staff and cleaning standards, however towards the end of the year we had a lovely cleaner. Common room and social spaces is 3 stars only because there isn't a dedicated area like a couple of other halls which have sofas. Here you have to make your own social space in the kitchen, rooms or outside (in the summer) Social experience is 5 stars because it was simply a five star social experience! Park Wood is rightfully known as the most social place to live on campus.
I loved park wood however I was living in the flats (bossenden court) and not the houses. It may be the furthest from campus but it's still only a 10 minute walk and the location was actually really nice and quiet rather than being on campus. My room was great, and every one I am closest to now I met in halls.
Being slightly of the Uni's main campus can be annoying when you have 5 minutes to get to lecture but it gives Parkwood a student village feel none of the others have. I meet some great people at Parkwood. Wether its in houses or flats i'd say its the best accommodation at Kent for people looking to make friends and have fun at Uni.
In my house we often had problems with sharing spaces facilities (shower, microwaves and fridges) and sometimes it would take a while to get fixed and sometimes it wouldn't. Cleaners should have been coming in once a week but with the management cleaners become irregular. The social space is just the kitchen but from Sept- Dec it was always overrun with daddy long legs and currently the table is occupied with ants here and there despite it being clean. However all of this does tend to bring people together and the social experience is quite good.
I am in Willows Court and the house is not in good quality. One weekend we had no heating water or gas and our kitchen was in pieces. There are cracks in many walls and silverfish in the bathrooms. Completely overpriced. Plus, we all paid the same price yet the room sizes are completely different. I have a very small room and 3 others have a large room. Which I think is completely unfair. In addition. Some other houses have recently been redone and their houses are lovely. Our one is no where near as nice yet we all paid the same price! Furthermore, we were told we would be put with people whom we are likely to get on with via a questionnaire. But had no such thing and was placed in a house with all mature international students, and have had many problems in the house. However, the location and atomosphere of Park Wood is excellent and there is frequent maintenance staff around which is good.
Its a nice area overall and i have no issue with the actual accomodation. Everyone living in and around the court to us are friendly. I do have an issue with the cleaners not actually cleaning the kitchen when we've tidied up our stuff so that they can do their job or how they randomly do not come on the days they were suppose to. Overall Parkwood is the place to be my first year there has been amazing and i dont think i could ask for a better place
Best year of my life was spent in Park Wood! Houses are well-heated, surprisingly powerful showers (even if they don't look like much), there are easy shortcuts to the medical centre and Keynes plus there is a bar and shop... Personally couldn't complain
Great value for money, wasn't refurbished when I was there but has been over the past summer - now looks brand new inside. Location a bit far from campus, takes about 10-15 mins to get to things but at weekends you don't feel like you're at the uni so it has upsides.
Cleaners could clean the kitchen tables as well as it is annoying when they move all the appliances onto it making it dirty. The courts are slowly being modernised and the modern ones are extremely good value for money and decent sized rooms