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The kitchen is a good size so are the rooms with amazing storage space. It is also quiet so you get a good night's sleep. The problem lies in the location as Exeter is a small place and even if you're a fast walker is a 30 minute + walk to town and a 15 minute + walk to central campus so you're not really close to anything. If you want to live in a social hall this really isn't for you there aren't even any common areas (there weren't when I was there in 2012-13). It is also frustrating to pay the same as people in Lafrowda who despite having the exact same layout are actually on campus so location should really factor into the price. It's quite difficult to get your friends in other halls to want to come down/host things because of the distance to town and campus and it means if you have a 1-2 hour gap between lectures there's mostly no point going back. If you don't really care about the distance and social aspect and just want some peace and quiet then Duryard really is lovely.
Although a bit further out than other accommodation at Exeter, I would highly recommend Duryard - I was disappointed when I was first allocated it as it wasn't my top choice but it is very similar to Lafrowda and Birks Grange. The rooms are very modern, clean and light with a decent en-suite bathroom, the kitchen and communal areas are kept very well with a cleaner coming twice a week and generally the flats are very nice. The fact that it is a little bit further out from campus also means that it is quieter at night so when you want a night in, you can get a decent night's sleep!
I'm pretty happy with my experience here. The rooms are nice & modern, as are most of the facilities on site & bigger than I thought they'd be. Beds are slightly bigger than the standard single but kind of hard, and have underbed storage if you lift the mattress (at least for me). Room's bigger than I thought it would be, plenty of space for everything. There's a built in desk light & loads of sockets/shelves. The kitchen's also pretty big with sofas, to be expected since you can share with up to 9 (as I am - you get used to it quickly). Only thing with is that there isn't a lot of fridge or cupboard space for that many people but you make it work. The ensuite is nice too, although more like a wetroom. The shower only has a curtain, no cubicle or anything. You can be pretty social here too, it's not too quiet & you get a good night's sleep. Main bad thing is the trek to campus and city, about 20 mins to first, and 25-30 latter. Be prepared for hills. 24 hr Subway/shop 5 mins away tho
It's a modern place, so the actual accommodation is nice, but as for a social space/common room it is lacking so it can be hard to chat with people not in your flat, it is also a reasonably long walk from the campus so doing anything can be quite hard as you will have a tiring walk
Duryard is a bit further out than most of the on campus accommodations but it's extremely new and very modern. I moved in during the first year it was built and all of my friends were envious! It's worth the extra walk to campus (which isn't more than 5 minutes from Birks - the next nearest accommodation).
Its not so much the facilities, as they are like for like with some of the best in the country. It is after all, a game of location and Duryard is the furthest away from town just about anyone is who is studying in Exeter, and has the second furthest walk behind those up Mount Pleasant. Since other halls are closer to where the action happens, they are naturally more sociable, though Duryard is great for a good night sleep.