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I stayed in Hardwick for my first year.. never again will I stay in halls! .. It was unbelievably noisey, I had my flat mates, people upstairs and people going on a night out keeping me awake near enough every single night!. I should a flat with 10 other girls and it was an absolute night mare. The kitchen was so small, there was not enough cupboard space, drawers or fridge freezers which caused a lot of upsets and friction with my flat mates. I was lucky with my room as I had one of the biggest/disabled room. However, the rooms can definitely do with refurbishing. The carpet looks old and has stains on. The bathroom had constant mould from the toilet no matter how many times you clean it. There is also gunge underneath the taps and mould in the shower.. It was pretty awful. Wouldn't stay in halls ever again and glad to be living at home this year.
The halls are very old and are due for refurbishment the summer I move out. We only have the kitchen as our communal area. Our kitchen is double the size of all the others but we aren't allowed sofas and we have 3 tables which don't even fill the space. They cost £117 a week and the size of the rooms and my kitchen really is worth that. I have friends in other unis and I have double the space and triple the space of my friends. The proximity to the uni is good but town is a bit of a walk.