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Very nice experience, felt like a very private and independent accommodation option. Walls were thick and therefore you could barely hear other students unless they were in the hallway or being very loud. The kitchen was very clean, the room was very spacious and cozy with a basic type of bathroom that is perfect. The only problems were that the wifi that used to fall, and that the heating including the water would be cold at 22;30 and therefore you could not shower later than that. I think that if you are looking for a private and comfortable stay this is a great option. If you are looking for a social life then forget about it.
Felt we should have got a lot more for our money compared to others, i am moving into campus accommodation next year that is far superior for the same price. Location wise, right above spar, 15mins away from either end of campus, can be noise after a night out, but only had an issue when I left my window open. Porters will literally do anything for you to help you out and the cleaners come everyday (pretty much). Wifi can be hit and miss depending on the room that's why we preferred ResNet (ethernet cable) to Eduroam (wifi). Only got a small kitchen for 8 people, didn't get a sofa or anything which made us feel short changed (see first point).
If you live with the right people it'll be an amazing experience. It is the furthest from campus but the closest to Tesco and Town. I loved living in there but the only social space was the kitchen area which was enough if you got along with everyone.
Quays is lovely. I share a couples room with my boyfriend and we have the most stunning view of the river - as most quays students do! I definitely prefer living around here, I think being on campus 24/7 might become rather tedious. Quays students have the Wivenhoe trail (which is just beautiful), we're closer to town, we have dominos/subway and we are only 5 minute walk from Tesco and Coop. Most of the people I have met here are pretty friendly, I know a lot of people have flat parties etc. I am a third year student so I prefer to be a bit less sociable than others. It is quieter than other Uni Halls but if you're the type of person who likes a bit of peace and quiet from time to time then Quays will be perfect for you.
The quays accommodation is so bad the older.members of staff are so rude and lazy sometimes you hear them say c*** his c*** that about other staff and its so disrespectful a complete overhaul is needed I lived in mq4 and I mean the block was disgusting was never maintained the clearers a are average just so shocking for the money i payed
Lived here for my first year at university and despite the walk across the bridge being a small hindrance, I loved the social aspect of the accommodation :) plus having an ensuite in your room is worth the extra money you pay as it gives you a more relaxed accommodation experience, would definitely recommend for new students who don't mind the extra walk :)