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Accommodation in Essex
27 Magdalen Street is brand new - opened in 2020
Brand new! Modern and stylish ensuite rooms.
Only 20-mins by bus to University of Essex
Applying to South Courts
- TEACHING DELIVERY STATUS:
- Confirmed Sept/Oct start
- TEACHING MODE:
- Online learning
- OPEN DAYS:
- Register interest for upcoming open days
- TEACHING NOTES:
- Following the latest Government guidelines, they are currently restricting the number of students allowed to start face-to-face teaching to subjects where a face-to-face component is absolutely essential, with most students not being permitted to return to on-campus university teaching.
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The only good thing about this accommodation is that it’s very close to the computer science department. Only 2 minute walking but the state of it is absolutely disgusting. The walls are paper thin so you can hear everything above you, next to you , below u , outside, everywhere. The kitchens are very very small and gross: even if u have clean flat mates. I was very unlucky and got unfriendly flat mates. Some moved out, or never saw them outside of their rooms. Have fun trying to sleep at night with very loud music blasted 24/7 and people screaming. No privacy from the cleaners, they just show up and bang on ur door at 8am with the hoover. The room itself is tiny and dirty, spiders everywhere and broken tables/beds
The size of your room and kitchen completely depend on which block you are in as some are significantly bigger than others. I'm in one of the smaller ones (will not name it) and our freezer has only three spaces for four people. However other than that everything is decent and its close to central campus.
Three words to describe the South Court based on my experience: Old but expensive Kitchen : Small Location & Room : won't deny it's spacious, nearer to laundry and it's ensuite. But, my toilets stinks, found molds on my water tap the first day I arrived, and until now my toilet still gives out a foresty smell. Things are old, bed is like a good prison bed, my table is wobbly and the cabinet have a musty smell, carpet have stains and have torn parts. I was truly shocked when I visited my friend place at the Houses where he's paying lesser than me but his kitchen was much bigger, room though smaller but much newer and cleaner, which I wouldn't mind paying lesser to have a smaller, but better room. Also, wifi here tends to disconnect alot. Accommodation team : responsive as first but when they can't solve your problem, you are better off telling your housemates about it as your housemates probably care more. side tip: don't pay rent until you check your room. don't be dumb like me.
South Courts was a great place to live as a fresher. The main advantage of South Courts is the proximity to the main facilities on the university campus. Anywhere onsite is within a 10-minute walk maximum and the majority of teaching and lecture buildings are within a 5-minute walk or less. The bedrooms are all ensuite and relatively spacious for University accommodation. There are between 4 and 6 people to a flat, sharing a kitchen. However, there is no common/social area. For a fresher, perhaps the only downfall is the social aspect. It is quieter and has less of a party atmosphere than the Towers. For older students and postgraduates this may be preferable. The weekly rent for South Courts has increased recently. It's an excellent option provided expense is not a concern. Similar experiences can be had in other accommodations for a more reasonable price. (N.B. I lived in Harwich court, South Courts. Friends of mine living in other sections had different experiences)
Really enjoyed staying in South Courts- especially because I stayed in the most modern one! Really sociable which is a bonus and lived with a lovely group of people. The kitchen isn't huge but a lovely size for 6 people. Totally recommend it all in all
South Courts is fantastic for its location as it's only 1min away from your classes & right next to the Sports Centre on South Campus. However the social atmosphere is terrible as the kitchen is absolutely tiny with chairs that are the same as what we had during Science classes in High school. You cook & usually eat in the comport of your room. However it is en-suite so you're mainly paying for the luxury of your own bathroom. It's far too expensive for what you get.
Quite pricey but close to campus, large rooms and very nice en suite, cleaners once a week and not excessive noise however if your looking for something more social I would highly recommend Towers, people think because it's shared toilets and showers it's really bad but it's quite the opposite, however Rooms are quite small compared to South Courts
It is definitely a good room. I share a double room with our partner. Sometimes the cleaner yells at us for having dishes on the side. The only common room is the kitchen, which is a bit too small to hang out in. The WiFi sometimes cuts out but there are cables in our rooms which is really good internet. The halls management is good, all issues I've had have been excellently resolved. 15 minutes tops walk to the furthest place on campus, with the closest being a 2 minute walk.
Walls not thick enough, particularly noisy in the evening when club events are on. Kitchen is the only social area and is small for socialising. However, within walking distance (10-) of sports centre and majority of lecture locations.
I do get on with my roommate (i don't really speak to the other two) but the accommodator that we were given was nothing like the one we were shown and So i was very let down when I arrived. We were chucked into post-grad and international student accommodation. Our rep hasn't visited us once and our cleaner doesn't do a very good job. We have no social space but thats fine considering we hang out in our rooms because theres just 2 of us but if there was more it would be more of an issue.
Very nice halls to live in, it is quite expensive but if you would like to be on campus with an ensuite bathroom and a full size wardrobe then South Courts is the one to choose. South Courts comes in three phases which all have the same rates and I have heard a lot of negative comments. If you would like to choose south Courts I strongly reccomend you choose phase 3 (Harwich or Arlesford Court) as they are the best ones and phase 1 and 2 are different from phase 3. There isn't a common room in South Courts so there isn't much spaces however Harwich Court has a large outdoor space in the centre which you can have a social gathering if the weather is good. Internet and Wifi is okay, we are provided free wifi however there is maintenance every fortnight which results the internet being unavailable for a few hours.
Wifi can be slow, cuts out occasionally for maintenance. Harwich is nice but some are not renovated e.g. Brightlingsea and hence have problems with heating, hot water, wet room overflowing etc but most of the buildings are new and in great condition.