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The best thing I got out of living in Penbryn is the friends I made with which I moved into a house the year after. You are likely to end up living with a lot of people so the chances that you find someone you like are higher. However, at the same time, this means there is a lot more noise and I literally wasn't able to sleep during my entire year due to parties held by people living above and below me. The location is perfect though if most of your classes are on the main campus. Another advantage of living in Penbryn is that you don't have to worry about cooking yourself, but a big disadvantage is that you don't really have a great kitchen if you would want to cook yourself. I wrote more on it in a blog post which includes pictures so you can see what a room looks like: http://malousfigments.com/living-university-accommodation/
Not the greatest hall in Aber, but still nice enough. Wouldn't recommend it, as other halls seem to be nicer. But if you're too lazy and would want to live super close to uni and don't want to cook, then it's perfect.
I made the best friends I've had at university through living in Penbryn in my first year. The cleaning staff were AMAZING, we had a lovely lovely lady called Helen, she was really nice. For catered accommodation the food is amazing :)
Living in Penbryn was an experience to say the least...the asbestos in the walls, the meals in the corridors due to no social area or even not having any chairs or tables, or having to sit on the counters and cook our meals in a box. But the room sizes are great and it's right next to the lecture halls and spent way too much time in ta med. This really is a s**thole but it was home and I loved living here with some great people. Really sad to leave it!!
I made the best friends I've had at university through living in Penbryn in my first year, and met my fiance through them. The cleaning staff were AMAZING, we had a lovely lovely lady called Olga, she was really nice. Warning though, although it's 'catered' there isn't enough money on your food card to buy more than one meal a day, so it's a good idea to budget for some other way of getting food!
It's a good place to meet new properties and settle in however the lack of socialising space does cause a problem. The food facilities however are AMAZING cheap and cheerful however make sure you're up early on a weekend as does close early. All in all a good place to live, but could do with updating!
I didn't enjoy my time in halls, but that was due to the people I lived with mostly. Even so, I did find that while the cleaners were friendly and thorough the management staff were petty, arrogant, ignorant and useless. The quality of the accommodation was just scraping adequate so long as you let the suspiciously opaque water from the taps settle. The cost was stupidly organised, the extra paid for catering was not realistically represented in your food allowance. Which not only limited your daily amount if you wished to eat all semester, but also was not equivalent to how much extra you'd paid.