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Darwin, honesty, is not the best place to live. For starters the rooms give off a prison cell vibe and is not comforting and did not contribute to the better enjoyment of my university experience. The cheap price is perhaps it's only attractive aspect. In relation to hygiene, the kitchens, of course, as were shared with 9 other people, we're dirty until being cleaned by the lovely cleaners, toilets were not ideal as they malfunction frequently. As advice to new students, I wouldnt recommend darwin if you are an anti-social person as encounters are inevitable. However Darwin is in a nice location and has a decent garden.
I live in Darwin Houses. The place is heavily under-maintained; paint peeling off the ceiling, every door so old that they make mechanical noises when closing, dirty walls, missing paint from sections of walls, insects in downstairs bathroom, some radiators don't turn on, damage to inside of fridge, yellow stained doors. The cleaners usually don't clean the bathrooms or shower even though they are supposed to. And over time, they become disgusting. You have to share with others too. The maintenance staff are the worst - I've been there 3 months and already spent 4 weeks without heating. Right now, there isn't a shower because it was flooding. They disconnected the shower from the mains and didn't give us an alternative. We couldn't wash. The neglect from the maintenance staff makes the place unbearable to live in and for £6,100 a year its an absolute disgrace. Do not apply to live here under any circumstance.
One of the cheapest at the University of Kent. Very social college. Tends to be one of the most social at the uni. Kitchen shared by 10 and toilet and shower shared by 5. You have yo go outside to get to the kitchen. Not too much of a problem. The rooms are only single beds unlike more expensive accommodation. Great experience. Wouldnt have changed it.
Good rooms but only social area is a kitchen, and you have to go outside to get to your kitchen, which is small. On campus so good location and is good for social as its the most open accomodation and you can see everyone from other blocks. Cleaners are awful, hardly clean the kitchens and make reasons not to almost weekly, fine you for anything
Sharing a large kitchen was a great way to socialise with a lot of people. It made the experience worth the while. In Darwin college you have a small shower and bathroom, although it gets the job done as we need, I want luxury because I'm a fussy eater
All uni accomodation is overpriced, but it's basic and thus cheaper yet you have everything you need. 10 people per kitchen means you meet a lot of people and don't feel isolated. Darwin can seem a little out of the way but that's because I'm lazy. Origins is the best bar, and it's right on my doorstep. Kitchen is a very good size and good social area. All round best value for money.
The room itself is quite nice, it has a large desk, shelving and enough space for your textbooks, clothes and other items. The internet here is fantastic, very fast and I haven't had any problems as of yet (touch wood). The kitchen is a great social space, especially as it is shared between yourself and nine other people, great for drinking games if that's your thing or just generally socialising. It's one of the cheaper forms of accommodation and is relatively good value for money. Although the accomodation is five people per floor (four others including oneself), with one toilet and shower between them this really has not been an issue. These facilities including the kitchen are cleaned weekly, possibly once or twice a week too.