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Value for Money - everywhere in Edinburgh is expensive but this accommodation has everything you need for a decent price. Location - it's literally a 5/10 minute walk from George Square campus. Hall management - No complaints. When repairs were needed they were done promptly. Cleaning - Cleaners are lovely and for the most part fellow students don't leave rubbish lying around. Common Room - They got a new common room a few years ago with a pool table, table tennis, tv etc. It get's used fairly frequently. (Hold a Sciennes Pres there) Social Experience - Everyone was generally nice and up for a chat. Never met anyone who didn't have good intentions, although international students can sometimes be reluctant to join in. Internet/Wifi - General Internet on your phone will suck but that just comes with the joys of being in Edinburgh, lots of places get limited service. Connection via ethernet is perfect but the wifi can sometimes play up. It's not as grim as people make it out to be.
I am currently in my second year at saw mill, while it does not necessarily carry the cheaper price tag as some other halls do, the rooms are generally ( from seeing multiple other flats) quite good condition as everything only opened last year (2014) Internet speeds are quite good with an option to upgrade for £90, however, as someone who's course requires him to be watching plenty of on-line content, along with constantly downloading different pieces of software, I don't think this is necessary in the slightest. There are instances of course where the network might go down but unite are incredibly fast at fixing any issues relating to the INTERNET or any other concerns with your flat. In short - for a first year wanting some of the nicest accommodation around- It is definitely worth it. However in second year, I would recommend getting a cheaper place as the higher cost comes with a sacrifice on food budgets etc.