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I fucking love my halls. Having seen my friends place in Senghetto, I am just so glad I am where I am. My room is compact but nice, the desks are good, good wardrobe space and drawers and there are amazing square shelves too, two big cork boards and a big window sill where you can also put stuff. The ensuite is cramped, as you would expect, but perfectly adequate and nice to have and the shower is really good. The kitchen is fine, quite long with plenty of space (so no fights there), two fridge/freezers and a dining area for socialising. Colum road is a great location. Just walk straight one way to the SU, student high street and many departments and if you keep going, end up right in town. If you the other way, you enter straight into the park. So yea, maybe it helps that my flatmates are a great crew, but i love it here and don't want to leave!
The main thing that makes me so happy about living in colum hall is the localtion. Literally within 5 minutes of all my lectures and only 15 minutes into town, the price is worth it for where its situated. Having an ensuite bathroom is really handy as well, but the kitchen is too small for 8 people; imagine us all trying to share one oven when making dinner!
Colum Hall is a great place to start your first year or even if you're a Erasmus student. With two flats of 8 per floor you will be sure to make friends! And someone in your House will be sure to know someone who does pre-drinks in Tally! But then you will have the advantage of going Home to bed to a peaceful, quiet, clean flat. Colum Hall is ideally placed especially for Psychology, Law or Business students. It's a perfect walking distance from a Lidl, the Student Union and any pub around will show the sporting events (RUGBY!! ) I'm from France and I arrived two weeks ago, and i love the mix of international students and more local students in one House! We've even started to have themed House parties!
Everything about Colum Hall was good, apart from the social aspect. Very little going on there and had nothing in common with my flatmates. Luckily, I made many friends through other aspects of the university, but I would not recommend Colum Hall.
The rooms and halls are lovely however the people I was placed in a flat with I didn't speak to at all because they were foreign and rarely spoke English. Consequently I became friends with people in the flat upstairs and now live with them :) but being in my flat itself I found very lonely. Furthermore the halls have awful communal areas, as there is only the kitchen, there's no sofa area or lounge area or anywhere to just chill out. However location was ideal and only a short walk to uni.
For me Colum Hall is one of the best halls of residence in Cardiff. It's a short walk from the city centre but you don't really get the noise of being right in the centre. It's a ten minute walk to the biggest clubs in the city which is a short walk or a cheap taxi depending on your mood. Uni wise, the location is great for anyone studying on the main campuses however expect a 20minute walk if you're studying Computer Science or an engineering subject. It's great value for money, for under £100 a week you get an en-suite furnished bedroom and kitchen/dining area, two fridges, two hobs, one oven, two freezers and plenty of cupboard space. This year people have been very social, someone will always be doing something whether it's a quiet one down the pub or a massive house party. The management for Colum Hall are fantastic, register a problem and someone will be around the same or next day to sort it out.