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Accommodation in Aberystwyth
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Rosser is expensive, it's the accommodation with single, en-suite rooms because I couldn't bear to have strangers being sick in and making a mess of my bathroom. The facilities are really good, we have Rosser Lounge, which is open 24/7 less than a minute's walk away, we're at the top of the main campus, and we are within 5 minutes walk of a supermarket (CKs Foodstore). I don't know how the university decides who you're going to live with in your first year, but I was lucky in that I became really good friends with 3 of my 7 flatmates, another 3 were bearable, and the last one I didn't like at all. Our flat had a 'flat war' with another flat in our block, which I was really unhappy about. I called and e-mailed the accommodation office, but they said that there was nothing they could do unless they caught the students in the act, or they could come around and say to stop, but they couldn't ensure that they did. I felt it was badly handled, but Rosser is overall really good.
I have to admit I was slightly disappointed by my time in Rosser. Considering its one of the best halls available it didn't really offer much. Overall it was run down (they are slowly and I mean slowly renovating them) and the facilities in general were poor. Although if you struggle to make friends you will have the occasional silver fish to say hello to.
Disappointed that it was the same price as other Rosser blocks wgich were renovated, it was also infested with silver fish and depressing in the rooms as the pipes weren't even boxed and there weren't any plaster boards on the wall. It was more similar to a prison than university accommodation.
For just over £4,000 a year, I expected a little more than a prison block resembling something from 'Shameless'. However, the kitchens are huge. (Don't listen when they say newly refurbished - most of them aren't). Rosser is the closest accomodation to the rest of the uni and so the location is great for rolling out of bed and into class. Not so great if you want to go into town, but the bus stop isn't far and taxi's are only £3 so it's managable. The Porters are helpful and always on call so the management is great! Just don't call about upstairs being noisy buggars because they say you are and it starts an all out war. Also they get a bit high strung when you flood downstairs kitchen too. The cleaning of communal areas is great, past your flat door that's your job. Best of luck. There's only one social space for Rosser and it's usually more like walking into a library computer room (despite being called a 'Lounge'). The social experience of any hall depends completely on you.
It looks like a prison both outside and in however that's soon forgotten by the time you've met your flatmates and noticed that the rosser kitchens are large enough to host about 40 people at once. The rooms are smaller than in some halls although you'd really struggle to fill them unless you're a hoarder and the pretty decent en-suite, which unlike a lot of more modern halls is actually a proper little bathroom, instead of a plastic pod in the corner, makes up for the lack of space, combined with the massive kitchen it really just encourages you to go out more. It's close to everything, but where isn't in Aber
When I moved in, the common room (kitchen, living area) was badly in need of updating. Considering that on the open day I went to, two of the Rosser blocks had already been updated with better ovens, more shelves, better fridges and a working fan, I was expecting Rosser D to be the same. I was disappointed when it wasn't and I feel like I'm being overcharged to stay here. Luckily, the university is updating Rosser D and F this summer so it should be lovely for next year's freshers. Just don't get your hopes up just in case...