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NEVER chose this, especially the shared bathroom small room type. Unless you are a masochist that wants to live in constant filth, noise and having to pay extra due to other residents breaking stuff and the whole block having to pay for it.
Cayley hall overall is good but not great, the common room is atrocious as it is small and almost always left untidy. The food is terrible apart from a theme night as it is bland and even the chef does not try the food. The people are great and helpful. It is however not worth 5700 at all compared to some where like Elvyn Richards where they have brand new buildings whereas Cayley is falling apart with rats running around.
Living in halls is very different to living at home, because when you begin at university you're just starting to live with people you don't know. I find that it is a great experience because you'll get to know these people extremely quickly and make close friendships quickly too.
Excellent location for social sciences/psy and engineering. Really close to the union so it doesn't take long to walk back to when you're drunk af on a night out. A minute away from the local shop and Papa sis. Room size depends on which block you're in. Block 14 have smaller rooms than all the other blocks but they are a decent size. Showers etc are cleaned daily so no problems with cleanliness (unless you have really messy neighbours). 5ish minutes away from the library, 10 mins away from Holywell and Powerbase. Food isn't great, you will get potatoes without fail EVERYDAY. Salad bar is ok. You can get sandwiches at lunch or a hot meal. You get the same breakfast on the weekdays. The kitchens only has 1 induction hob. If you're lucky to live in the more privileged blocks (block 5), you get 2 induction hobs. Blocks that don't have ensuite don't have a 'commom room' - an area by the door to have pre's.
Cayley is the hub of an amazing night out in Loughborough. Voted most social hall on campus you don't come to Cayley to study every night. Fairly pricey as it is self catered but the fantastic dining staff make sure you don't go hungry! A great hall, not in terms of rooms or common room, but in terms of the people in it!
I have had the best year of my life in Cayley. As far as I can tell, it is one of, if not the most sociable Hall on campus. Everyone knows everyone due to the fact we are so small (something you might have thought a downside). Thanks to its size it is so easy to mingle with everyone and make friends. You might think being in a self-catered Hall with a shared bathroom block and just a hand basin in your room sounds off putting but as someone who has done it and heard from friends in other halls, it is the best choice you could make if you want to socialise. Being catered means we are constantly socialising as you go to meal times with your close friends and see other friends in there. Cayley is so close to anywhere and everywhere on campus with a maximum 15 minute walk to any of your lectures. There is absolutely nothing I would change about my Loughborough experience and I put this down to the welcoming and crazy spirit of Cayley.
Awful. Shower curtain replacement charge, light bulb grace period where tenants have to buy replacement bulbs. Wifi is slow, no wireless network provided, service by ASK4. Laundrette is most expensive on campus £2.50 per wash. Rats sighted outside and in ground floor flats. Heating goes off every 20 minutes. Draft through window. No light to bottom floor. Carpet horrible never been replaced. Management lazy and tight on money, do not care for tenants needs. Fob required to exit building, highly unsafe and inconvenient if having guests over. Common room rubbish and no one uses it. No communal outdoor space. Tenants smoking cannabis in neighbouring flats and playing loud music, management failed to control this. Blame culture throughout the management.
Cayley hall was a great first year experience for me, the rooms were decent, the facilities were great and the location for my particular subject was really good too. Internet and Wifi was great, as it is in pretty much all Lboro halls. The biggest issue I can think of in regards to the topics above is the common room/social spaces, in which there is one available under the dining hall and also one in one of the blocks, however the majority of blocks do not have their own common room, and in the case of my block there was no real social space at all.
Without a doubt the best year i've ever had. Cayley is such a fantastic hall and gets everyone invlolved in all aspects of the hall as much as possible. The past and previous committees work so hard in putting on amazing socials for the hall and organising fun events. Overall they have made the experience here a much better one! The location is ideal due to being close to all a students needs and being right in the centre of the village makes it the most social hall. As it is so small everyone becomes such close friends which has also made my year so much better. The food is the only minor downside as it is not the healthiest and very repetitive but can be very convienient for first years who dont want to cook. Definitely would reccommend moving into Cayley for the best year you'll ever have!!
Unexpectedly, I've had the most unbelievable experience in Cayley. As is an opinion I know is shared by the majority of the 2014/15 year. As a small hall it is the most social, everyone easily makes friends with different groups, the dining hall is a great location to facilitate this. Being catered provides the beneficial factor of saving time that would be spent food shopping, meal planning, cooking and washing up if I were to live in self-catered accommodation. Over the years Cayley social secretary's have established links with DBE Dj's and are known across campus for holding the best pre-drinks frequently featuring them. Thanks to everyone in Cayley for a freshers year that exceeded all expectations, and was hands down the best year of my life.
Basically if you like having fun you go to Cayley. The socials are insane and freshers will be the best two weeks of your life. Every hall knows Cayley is the most social but it is also in the best location on campus. Food is good and the committee are sick. So if you want to go out a lot and meet the best mates, go to Cayley.
Have to say I had the best year of my life in Cayley! Being a small hall you meet so many people and everyone was very approachable and friendly. The warden team and fantastic very responsive and welcoming. Freshers was run superbly and, unlike many other halls, the social events continued throughout the year encouraging a friendly atmosphere. The food was not always to my taste but I have to admit knowing you always have a decent hot meal available to you is great. The location is probably the best of campus for access to lectures/union/town etc and inbetween both gyms so you can chose based on preference. The blocks do need updating but w're clean comfortable and cosy! It is nice to be in smaller blocks as you develop a very close relationship with the people you live with. Both past and current committee are entirely dedicated to making your university experience as good as possible and I was very grateful to have them. Over all a very good review of Cayley! :)
Being catered is really convenient but the constant repetition of meals can get monotonous. The real let down of the hall is the social side. The committee are arrogant and unapproachable and as a result cliches are formed that make it hard to meet new people in halls. I had an unpleasant time in Cayley almost entirely due to the behaviour of the committee and their entourage. If you are going to pay this much for a hall, consider spending a little more and going to the far far superior Elyvn Richards.
Cayley hall has a fun loving if slightly rowdy community. The food at meal times is quite good although getting decent roast potatoes is a struggle. The management is well organised and responds to issues quickly. It has a good central location but is not terribly close to to any specific points of interest.