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If you are looking for a shared bathroom accommodation, I can say that Whitefields is the best for its value. Pros : a. Super near to everything. You will be thankful if you are having midnight cravings (1 min to Rootes Grocery Store), hungover back from partying in a cold weather (2 mins from bus interchange), or running late to lectures (3 mins to most of the classrooms). b. Cheapest on campus accommodation. c. Close bond with your flatmates cuz we all live in a small house. d. Great heater compare to other accomm. Useful in the winter. e. A large room. Cons: a. Some facilities are old and damaged, but it is all usable and you can always complain to the Senate House if anything turns faulty. b. Thin walls and creaky stairs, but always talk to your flatmates to prevent loud noise. c. Small fridge/cabinet space. It might seem trivial, but having a place in the central is pretty useful after plenty of incidents where friends had no choice but to crash at my place.
I was in Whitefields 2013-2014 and whilst it looked tiny when I arrived, they are actually quite big. The house dynamic meant that we interacted more frequently (which turned out to be good in our case and many others if what I remember is true). The furniture and fixtures were decently maintained if a little bit dated in places and cleaning was always top standard. Again, its location is perfect for midnight runs to Costcutters and rolling out of bed 5 mins before your lecture.
Positives Cheap Close to Costcutter, pharmacy, the laundrette coffee shops, Student Union, Terrace bar, Fusion bar (football and sport screenings), the dirty duck pub, the bread oven (sandwich shop), piazza area and the bus stop Close to path to gibbet hill (Life sciences, medicine and some modules of psychology) and the learning grid (mini library, useful when you need to print something in a rush!) Can't stress the location enough, I love it Homely feel Common room is nice Nice patch of green behind the houses The rooms are quite big Negatives If you are one of the houses closest to the SU (Flats 10-14), the SU can be quite loud (But I know if you expressed in the application "about me bit" that you don't like noise, they won't put you on these houses). If you put in your about me section that you don't want noise or noisy flatmates, they won't put you near the noise or noisy people! The kitchen is small. Its not uncomfortable but fridge space isn't super abundant.
Located right next to the SU, you can literally fall out of the front door onto central campus. Cleaning staff are friendly and the social dynamic (at least for the flat I was is) was very good, with no social divides or disagreements throughout the year. However, at this price, you're not paying for Luxury, it's a place to live, not a home.
Cheap so didn't expect much but had an absolutely amazing time. It was more like living in a house than the other accommodations but it was nice to have the close knit group. Some faults with the accommodation but nothing major
personally I think whitefields is perfect because it has the best location and is the cheapest. I originally had my heart set on sherbourn or bluebell, but in im glad I ended up in whitefields just because of the extra money I'm saving. Having mates over is easy too because its right in the heart of campus and has a decent sized 'living room'. Tl-Dr: perfect balance of location, cost and social life.