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3.37 / 5

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#6 out of 10 halls at University of Kent

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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.

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By member725049
On 13th December 16

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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.

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By member725049
On 13th December 16

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CampusCanterbury Campus
PostcodeCT2 7NY
CateringSelf-catered
No. of rooms322
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 25th May 17

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.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 13th December 16

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 12th April 16

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.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 11th April 16

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 29th March 16

Great socially but also has major problems with hygiene and management as it took 2 months for the toilet I share with 5 people to be fixed

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 29th March 16

Walked into a lamppost just outside the accommodation, it was amazing. Stay away from g block, generally a really horrible place with horrible people. G3-3 gave me nightmares, a pit to say the least.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 29th March 16

It pops off on a daily basis. Origins Restaurant alongside huge, basic student kitchens for up to 10 people. Who needs expensive sofa's and luxury kitchens? Best basic uni experience and its extremely cheap.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 17th January 16

Had litterally no bathroom for 3 weeks while I was there. No one gave a sh*t.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th November 15

Great for socialising, great sense of community and helps you make loads of freinds quickly.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th November 15

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 18th November 15

Bad connection of WIFI in certain downstairs kitchens.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 18th November 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th November 15

Extremely good bang for buck, a reasonably sized kitchen which gets cleaned regularly, fairly spacious rooms, and the best restaurant on campus a 30 second walk away.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 13th November 15

Great social life, maintenance of flats awful

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd November 15

One of the older buildings on campus, cheap and cheerful.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 11th October 15

One of the hall that makes you feel like more of a community

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 7th October 15

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.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 24th April 15

Horrible layout and stupidly expensive. A nice room though.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15

I think A part of me will always think of Darwin as my home. If you meet the right group of people its a perfect place to spend your first year. I don't want to go!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Not too bad, weird having the kitchen outside from the rooms but sociable

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