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I was in Garden Wing, where all the self-catered students go. The rooms and kitchen were larger than what I had seen in other halls and quite nice. The hall also has a private garden, which is lovely in summertime. A lot of people say Aberdare hall isn't social, but in my experience, it was very social in its own way. I made a great group of friends and we would cook, eat and drink together quite often. It just isn't a party hall and I really appreciated the peace and quiet. The location is the best (right on the Cathays campus, as a law student, my bed was 2 minutes from my tutorials) and housekeeping comes every weekday to clean the kitchens and bathrooms. However, I was really disappointed by the management's response to issues - our flat reported a noisy plant room, clogged toilets, overheating and noisy plumbing - and they did send out a handyman but the problem reappeared a few days later. We complained dozens of times, but the issues were never resolved.
The location of aberdare hall = amazing. It is quite international though and there isn't much of a social experience if you want to go out drinking every night! But people still go out and have a good time :) rooms are bigger than any other uni accommodation. library wing - the kitchen is absolutely TEENY TINY! Literally fits 2 people in there max! There are 12 people in the corridor and 3 toilets and showers and a bath to share between you which never gets busy. all the rooms are HUGE!! If you are in Old Hall, then some rooms are huge but there are a couple which are a smaller size so it's a bit of a gamble but worth it because of their huge kitchen with massive table! There are 18 people per flat and it just seems to be a load of bendy corridors with rooms attached. The catered meals are hit and miss. U always get veg but the main meals can be disgusting but sometimes they can be so good! Breakfast is very poor for the price you pay, no fresh fruit!Mostly all fried stuff-not healthy
Fab catered meals, brill location for lectures, the library, SU and supermarket, lovely feel to the place. There were a few structural issues with the building as there were a couple of leaks due to its age. Those were sorted pretty quickly though.
Great studio flats, common room needed work ie, wide screen i never worked once in 12 months (despite reporting) Common areas were always clean and tidy. Security guards are very good. Management will try and push you into paying for "communal damage" despite having CCTV. They also threatened weekly room check due to some people being unable to keep basic cleaning tasks. I recomed this place, I had a great time, but READ and understand the contract they give you, don't be a walk over!