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If you are looking for the traditional student experience, these are likely not the best halls for you. The location is quite far away from town and most of the university buildings (25-30 minutes walk) but the benefit is living in a quieter, more residential area than some of the other halls like Senghennydd. I lived in a flat in House A - the flats are a bit strange in that each pair of rooms is connected via a bathroom. This means you have the benefit of having a semi-ensuite with a bath (you each have your own sink in your room) but the noise isolation between the two rooms is very poor. In terms of social experience, I was hoping to find students living here that were not looking to go clubbing a lot due to it's location. However, there were many people that had simply been allocated this accommodation rather than picking it - so it was very loud during evenings and early mornings. If this is something you are looking to avoid - consider private renting instead of halls!
Well sized rooms compared to other accommodation e.g. Talybont North/South. Shared bathrooms between two people in Houses A and B so basically like an ensuite. However, internet 'eduroam' is very temperamental and it has been known to be down for a whole weekend (this happened while I was living here), pretty unacceptable for university students who are constantly having to upload/do work online. Furthermore, not sure about the whole residence but our cleaner was very substandard. Surfaces and floor rarely cleaned properly, we had to do a full clean of the kitchen ourselves more than once - which seems unfair if money is being spent on a cleaner. Although the location is a twenty minute walk from the SU, the area the accommodation is in is not the nicest to be walking around on your own at night, having said this no serious incidents have occurred while we have lived here. Also, there is no communal space with sofas etc. and all sports facilities are located at Taly. Quite over-priced.
The best part living in this hall of residence is that you never feel lonely. You find your group of friends from the first days living there. It is a hall that you have to share a bathroom with someone else, but as long as I lived there no-one had a problem sharing. Usually your bathroom-mate becomes your New Best Friend! On the other side, this hall is a bit overpriced for what it is.
It is actually really good if you get it through clearing, I was so worried when I got it but the rooms are really big and you only have to share a bathroom with one other person. There's only like 100 people in House A and House b so you get to know everyone really which is good. It is really social and an uber to the SU or town is like £4-6 that's not that bad. The walk to the uni is like 15 minutes. Met my best ones here so love it live it xoxo gossip girl
Many people haven't heard of Cartwright Court - but I always tell people that it's good value for money. The rooms are large (certainly bigger than at somewhere like Talybont), the reception staff are lovely, and it's a quieter area than other halls (but still very sociable if that's what you prefer). If you choose to share a bathroom with only one other person, it's almost like having an ensuite. There is no lounge area/tv, but the kitchen is very spacious with a large dining table and chairs. Hall management is generally very effective and the staff are kind. Occassionally the cleaner can come sporadically, and my flatmate and I have found mould on our bathroom ceiling which hasn't been dealt with. However, reception communicates effectively. The area itself is quite decent; location is halfway between cathays and heath campuses (around 20 mins walking to either), and cardiff centre is about 30 minutes. There are shops nearby on Albany road, or a cornershop 3 mins away
Cartwright Court is way too far out. It takes 20/30 minutes to walk to uni and the same distance to walk to the Heath campus. It is a 35 minute walk from talybont making it very difficult ( but not impossible) to participate in sports clubs, go to the gym and meet up with friends there. Honestly if you end up at Cartwright I would suggest thinking about requesting to move because you will have a better uni social life elsewhere as it is such a small halls and is far away from everything
Love it! Very social halls (we all go into each other's flats for pre drinks and so everyone knows everyone) but you're still able to sleep at night as it's not too loud. I live in a house yet my room is massive and the bathroom is big with a nice shower, however the kitchen is a little small. It's only a 15/20 minute walk from the uni, and it's right next to all of the good shops and some great bars. Highly recommend it!