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location is absolutely perfect, although it is a bit of a slum, it really is luck depending on which flat you get given. some flats the kitchen is literally the same size as your room as half of it is cut out for the hall way. if you get given room 4 (like i did and I eventually moved, I was in house A) your room is literally 1/2 the size of the others cuz it on the corner. Can also get extremely noisy if you live next to the gate (again house A room 5/4) as people just sit round and drunk chat at night. but I wouldn't chose another hall as the location just makes it all worth it and its the cheapest
Stayed in Senghetto house H from 2008 to 2009. Location is great, Salisbury road is close by with its shops and takeaways and pubs. It takes max 10 minutes to walk to Queen Street. Students of the physics and engineering departments have a 5 minute roll out of bed to their lecture halls. The undergrad and non-overseas student flats are 5 rooms connected by a single corridor, with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Social life is great if you get nice flatmates. The general decor was very drab when I was there, like a prison, but I heard they have since been refurbished at least once. As I remember, this was one of the cheapest halls, which makes it definitely worth it given the location so close to town.
Senhennydd aka Senghetto was my 9th choice (like most people here!). First the only good bit: It's location is fantastic, never far to go for a night out or to the shops. However that's where it ends - it is basically a slum. The rooms are small, dirty and smelly. The beds are so uncomfortable and no real wardrobe space. The only communal area is the kitchen which are tiny, you get one cupboard each and share one drawer between the five you, they also get SO hot - you have no control over heating which is on for a long periods of time. Sharing a bathroom honestly isn't as bad as you'd think, but does come down to who you share with! Blocks A-G have been 'refurbed' so are slightly more bearable but H,J,K are still in the third world. The Senghetto has however allowed me to meet some amazing people which are it's best asset but I honestly don't know how much longer the uni can expect people to reside in such a horrible place....
Best location for uni halls, can't get any better! Rooms are big enough. Problems: dampness is a common problem when it's cold, no social room apart from kitchen, kitchen size can either be decent or tiny (depending on your luck and which flat you get). Also, rodents are common in the courtyard - but that doesn't mean they'll be in the house. Internet can be a pain at times but that happens in the whole uni.
Had the best fresher's experience! Couldn't imagine being anywhere other then the "Ghetto". The social life here has been amazing! I'm friends with so many people around the building and don't know anyone else from other halls who's had quite the same experience as I have. Location is perfect! So close to the shops and I could get up about 10 mins before a lecture and still be there on time. Will certainly miss Senghetto so much <3
Living in the ghetto makes you appreciate every home comfort. Its lack of any sort of social space is disappointing and the entire place is maintained to a low standard. The outlook onto a train line and brick wall really do hammer home what life is like for the other half
absolutely love it here, couldn't have asked for a better first year. Senghennydd Court is really big and really sociable but it's full of sensible people studying difficult courses so no worries about parties next door come exam season. The location we have is second to none. As an engineer I live three minutes away from my lecture hall, three minutes away from dinner, five minutes from town and seven minutes from the su. It's perfect. The rooms are big enough- I was terrified when I first moved that I wouldn't be able to fit all my stuff in. The wardrobe space is tiny and there's hardly any other storage space but it's surprisingly easy to fit in everything and I'm a girl with a lot of stuff. Our kitchen is a really nice size. Some flats have smaller ones but that's just luck of the draw. Because ours is nicer everyone comes here so we have to clean/take out the rubbish more often so it's swings and roundabouts. I absolutely love living here and I can't recommend it highly enough!!
Senghennydd seems to be the rather lesser favoured halls that Cardiff University has to offer. It's nick name is suitable 'Senghetto' because thats exactly what it is. Positives: 1. The location of the halls is extremely convenient for any subject, taxis were a thing of the past as we simply walked for 5 minutes to get the centre of Cardiff City. 2. The internet is fast. Negatives: 1. The halls are conveniently located parallel to a railway line so you'll have the luxury of hearing trains screeching past your bedroom every 5-10 minutes. 2. The cleaners have master keys to they are able to access your bedroom / flat whenever they want to. This usually occurred at around 9am on a weekday morning. However, they didn't actually clean, they were more like inspectors who simply handed out fines to people who didn't clean their kitchen. 3. The security of the halls is questionable. My bike was stolen from outside my room on my second day.
This is pretty cheap accommodation, so don't expect the Ritz, but the all in all it was a nice place to live, and very close to the maths and engineering buildings. The kitchen we had was a little small, but our neighbours had a large one so I think it's just luck of the draw. When cooking the kitchen will get very warm, though, as windows only open a small distance. There is no common room or social area other than the kitchen, so you do end up hanging in one person's room a lot.
best location close to town, no need for taxis on nights out, close to everything you need, and rent's covered by your loan with money spare. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else.. Especially if you're the sorta person who likes to roll out of bed 5 mins before the lecture starts.