|South Clerk Street||#36|
|John Burnett House||#39|
Accommodation in Edinburgh
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Overall, you do NOT get what you pay for. I’m accustomed to noise living in a big city at home, but when people are outside my room I can hear them word for word and cannot sleep. The cleaning services are abysmal, the flat is always vile, as well as the overall accommodation services. The hot water lasts 7 minutes in the shower, so be prepared to freeze! Heating is crap, again, be prepared to freeze. The fridge freezes all our food. So we get to defrost our mayo!! we have had mice all year, which has resulted in me being more ill in the past 8 months than I have been in my whole life. On the plus, the rooms are large and everything else seems to be fine. It is well located and has aided me in making friends. However, I fully regret having paid so much for something that is entirely not worth it.
Fraser Court is a lovely halls all in all, the newly refurbished rooms are pretty big and modern with wonderful views of Arthur's Seat. Although it is a bit of a trek into town and to both campuses, it's conveniently close to Pollock, Holyrood Park and the Meadows. Everything is basically a 20 - 30 min walk and if you've got a bike, you're fine. I've personally managed without buses and taxis all year and most people do walk everywhere (including on nights out!). The new common room is absolutely lovely, flats are pretty spacious. The quality of cleaning in our flat was pretty poor and we had very unreliable hot water. Despite this, staff were generally helpful in fixing any problems (bar the mice infestation that took months to be addressed).
Would be a lovely halls were it not for the mouse infestations which accommodation services seems completely unable to fathom, let alone fix. I've personally been in a flat where the hot water was very unreliable, an added downside. The common room IS great, but we were promised it would be opened after renovation in October- it wasn't actually open until March! In other circumstances I'd recommend highly as it's not a bad location and I made lots of friends but honestly the issues I've faced and the unhelpfulness of the management has made it kind of a nightmare
Fraser Court is definitely value for money. The kitchen and bathroom of each flat are basic but don't let the aesthetic put you off, they're not going to stay clean anyway. The bedrooms have recently renovated and are actually much nicer than the majority of other halls. The common room was built alongside the renovation and it's definitely one of the best. I personally had the best social life at Fraser Court but that is totally dependent on who else ends up in your halls. The only downside I experienced was the location. It is ideal for socialising with Pollock and getting to King's for 9am, but you can't really pop down to the shop, and nights out definitely mean taxis.