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James Owen Court Reviews

17 Reviews by Students
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While James Owen Court's location may put some people off - roughly a twenty-five minute walk to and from campus everyday - its location in the middle of town makes it ideal for shopping and partying. Its hall management is unfortunately not as well-run as the other halls in Exeter, but its reception is open daily throughout the week for queries. James Owen is certainly one of the cheapest halls in Exeter and this should definitely be taken advantage of, because its large common room areas, kitchens and all en-suite bedrooms mean it is real value for money.

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By JLeMasonry
On 2nd July 15

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Most helpful review

While James Owen Court's location may put some people off - roughly a twenty-five minute walk to and from campus everyday - its location in the middle of town makes it ideal for shopping and partying. Its hall management is unfortunately not as well-run as the other halls in Exeter, but its reception is open daily throughout the week for queries. James Owen is certainly one of the cheapest halls in Exeter and this should definitely be taken advantage of, because its large common room areas, kitchens and all en-suite bedrooms mean it is real value for money.

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By JLeMasonry
On 2nd July 15

James Owen Court Information

Price from£137.89 per week (subject to availability)
CateringSelf-catered
No. of rooms275
CampusOff Campus
PostcodeEX4 6SD

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 26th July 18

Hall staff were friendly, but the area is not safe. Sidwell Street has a homelessness and drug problem, and as a woman I actually don’t feel safe here at night (none of the women here do, we walk in groups after dark). A nearby alley is known for being a spot where many women have been raped, and evenduring the day we’ve been accosted. I feel for the situation of the homeless as it’s clear the government isn’t taking care of the problem, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is simply not safe. In addition, the acoustics are terrible. You can hear people talking no matter where they are in the building, and the doors constantly slam. The furnishings outdated - the building itself is in need of a renovation. Wifi is not reliable. Not a good experience.

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Reply from James Owen Court
On 3rd September 18

Thank you for your review. We would like to confirm that all of our doors, where required, have self-closing mechanisms fitted to meet fire regulations. Any doors found to be making an unusually loud noise when closing can be reported to our residence receptions and the closing mechanism can be adjusted or replaced by our maintenance team to resolve the issue. The furnishings are inspected regularly by our Facilities Management Team and all damaged and worn items are replaced. In August 2018, the Wi-Fi has been upgraded at James Owen Court which should resolve any previous issues that residents might have had.

In relation to your comments about Sidwell Street, I can reassure you that James Owen Court itself has gated access which is only accessible to those with a student card and there is CCTV on site, including the entranceway. James Owen Court is also covered by our Estate Patrol Team who are on duty 24 hours a day.  They monitor CCTV, patrol the campus, and respond to any incidents. There is a robust report procedure in place and the Estate Patrol Team have direct contact with the Police. The University works in liaison with the Exeter City Council and the Police on the Community Safety Partnership Scheme, which ensures that Exeter remains a safe city with low levels of crime and antisocial behaviour. Out of office hours, the Estate Patrol Team can also help with any issues relating to your residence, such as arranging for emergency repairs to be carried out or helping you to access your room if you are locked out. Information about them can be found on our website: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/campusservices/facilitiesmanagement/estatepatrol

 

The department has a committed team of Residence patrollers that work overnight during the term time to provide extra security around the accommodation blocks and also to be available for any welfare issues that might occur out of hours.  The residence patrollers are available during the night if any student feels that they need to talk with somebody or they have a concern that they would like to discuss.  Also all of the Residence patrollers are first aid trained which means in an emergency they are normally the first point of contact.  They can be contacted via Estate Patrol.

The local police station is located at Heavitree Road which is a 2 minute walk from St Lukes and a 25 minute walk from the Streatham Campus. It is approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk from James Owen Court.

As well as our Estate Patrol Team you will also have access to the Residence Life Team with a mentor or mentors being placed at James Own Court. They provide an in-depth knowledge of the support and wellbeing services on offer at the University, provide support to students living in University accommodation.

You can speak to them confidentially about whatever is on your mind. And they will visit one evening a week to answer questions, help with any problems, and keep you up-to-date with what’s going on in the University and city. Further information about this team is available on our website: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/accommodation/residences/rlt/


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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 19th July 18

Cute and quaint, and good value for money

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd July 18

Bad Internet but the rest was OK compared to other ones. The good thing was being in the town center.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th June 18

Loved living here! Location is off campus but there is a free bus that runs to Uni and also into town. The halls often run great events that are super social and the staff are always so helpful and friendly.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 31st August 17

The reception staffs are very friendly. However, the cleaners are so mean. I don't know why they are called cleaners. Their only duty is to ask you to clean the kitchen otherwise will fine you.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 5th January 17

No cleaning provided, no proper social areas. Surprisingly good location though, near shops. Rooms are actually pretty nice!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 28th September 15

20 minute walk to campus, which means you're a little set apart from other freshers, however you are really close to town so it's good for shopping or getting a job (and for if you're going out in the evening!) Halls are self catered and you are required to clean your own spaces, with the occasional check that you're keeping things tidy

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th September 15

James Owen Court is a very lively place to live, the rooms are homely and the shared space is just the right size.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 3rd July 15

Probably the best accommodation in Exeter. The closed off courtyard allows us to have a common area outside. There is also a ping pong table which was great fun and such an easy way to meet people.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd July 15

it was good although I didn't enjoy the being woken up at 3am but that happens with any accommodation so it wasn't all bad.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd July 15

While James Owen Court's location may put some people off - roughly a twenty-five minute walk to and from campus everyday - its location in the middle of town makes it ideal for shopping and partying. Its hall management is unfortunately not as well-run as the other halls in Exeter, but its reception is open daily throughout the week for queries. James Owen is certainly one of the cheapest halls in Exeter and this should definitely be taken advantage of, because its large common room areas, kitchens and all en-suite bedrooms mean it is real value for money.

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Hall management
Cleaning
Common room / Social spaces
Social experience
Internet / Wifi
All reviews are the views of StudentCrowd members, not of StudentCrowd Limited

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