New hall near the University of Kent
Everything is new- opened September 2017!
Multimedia room, communal spaces and luxury bedrooms
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It was value for money being one of the cheapest on campus. However there was absolutely no social space at all (except the kitchen) while other halls often had sofas etc. The cleaning was okay but they were often late on providing things like toilet roll etc. Social experience will be different for everyone depending on whether you get along with your dormmates or not
Darwin College is an old building so it does have problems. The rooms are a reasonable size but there is no social area within the flat. The toilet and shower are separate which is nice. The plumbing for the shower is very good, but it is not as good for the toilet. The kitchen accommodates for 10 people and there is plenty of room for all of your belongings. Cleaners are inconsistent
Cheapest, but awful. You have to go outside to get to your ugly, small kitchen. Best aspect is it’s 2 minutes to get to the library. Receptionists have 1 nice, 2 rude. Cleaning is below average and cleaners are nasty. Ruby Tuesday has no sympathy for those that live in Darwin. Rooms are ok - sinks are rubbish and beds are tiny and uncomfortable (but they’ll replace the new Turing mattresses before yours because they spent more)
Horrible place to stay. The walls are so thin, you will never be able to sleep if other people in the house decide to talk on phone the entire night and laugh. The room has one store room and they might mention that they have iron room but that’s another store room with no electricity. There is 1.5 bath. One of them has the smallest sink ever, you can’t even wash your face without spilling whatever everywhere. The rooms aren’t of the same size, so maybe one of the rooms will be bigger than the other but you pay the same amount as the other person, which I feel is very very unfair. The mattress provided are hard as rock. The cleaning lady comes once in a month, and if you have dirty housemates like mine, you would rather take the job of cleaning the houses single day.
Room: it depends a lot on your flatmates. People tend to play music very loudly with amplifiers. The walls downstairs/upstairs are literally vibrating. House parties and drunk people are very annoying. Kitchen: We are told that students themselves are supposed to throw away the rubbish but free-rider problems are foreseeable. People keep piling up the rubbish after the bin is full. Spiders and flies everywhere even in the mid-winter. Again, depending on your flatmates, some just never wash the dishes and leave them in the sink, leaving you with no place to wash your own. Emptied bottles on the kitchen table leaves you with no space to eat. People just hop onto the kitchen bench with their shoes on. Do clean it before you cook! Occasionally, people take your food in the fridge/ your cookware in your cupboard without asking. Bathroom/toilet: insect problems again. There is only one hook for you to hang your items in the bathroom. The cleaner always forget to give tissue rolls.
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.