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Had heard bad stories about this place in the past but ever since University of Edinburgh took over from Napier things are much better. There is a new and modern common room, same can't be said for the flats but they are clean and spacious. The only problem os the matress....takes a bit of time getting used to it but other than that its a great place to be. Everything from nightclubs, theatres, grocery, pharmacy, movie theatre are just 2-3 minutes away. Its only about a 13 minute walk from george square and old college. Staff is nice and friendly and the RA's do organise social events quite often.
The place is okay, however, it needs complete refurbishment. The University again has no clue on how to make social cohesion and has employed a third rate company, Reslife, to try and fix the holes in the system. It is utter s***, and the only way people cope is by binge drinking.
The location of the accomodation is probably one of the biggest selling point - a 10-15 minutes walk to uni and princess street. It is also close to pubs (including spoons) and nightclubs. The common was refurbished last year and is equipped with a TV, sofas, a pool table, kitchen area and a study area. The flats themselves are not up to the same modern standard of the common room, but they do the job. The rooms have a large double wardrobe. Unlike pictures shown online, the kitchen doesn't have a washing machine installed, and the circuit machines malfunctioned frequently. The RAs made an effort to organise events throughout the whole year, and not just during freshers.
Really enjoyed my stay here this year! The common room was newly refurbished last year, and has a pool table, TV, and study space. The RAs put in effort to organise events throughout the year, making it easy to meet new people. The major issue was with washing machines— they tend to malfunction frequently, but hopefully that will be sorted for next year.
Average hall, try get into another one. 2 pound to use the washing machines each time, and no hot water after around 3pm onwards, just runs out and the boost button doesn't do anything FYI not run by Edinbugh Napier anymore. The University of Edinburgh runs it now
Riego Street is an amazing place to find a new family. Most students don't apply to this place and are randomly allocated, but that only adds to the vibe. Yes, this place is expensive, but the location is amazing. It's a 12 minute walk to uni, which is especially nice in the mornings. Close to a number of pubs (and spoons) and to three sisters and classy nightclubs such as hive. The flat and room sizes are decent and if you add a s*** ton of fairly lights you can make them into homes. People are generally friendly, and the warden Geraldine and the RAs work really hard to make this place nice. If you are lucky your flat mates are.amazing and even if they are not, other flats have adopted flat members. There are a lot of 0res happening and if you want to you can find a place to socialize every night. You are super close to the shops as well and costcutter is just around the corner so if you ever want to have a snack in the middle of the night, don't worry. You will enjoy your time he
I felt that these halls were RIDICULOUS. The inspector was unnecessarily harsh and looking for easy fines (eg: was going to charge each tenant £35 for professionally cleaning the sofa when we managed to get stains out with soap and water, despite his reluctance). The halls were not presented in an initial perfect state (eg: stains on couch, cooking surfaces and carpet) which later was to be blamed on us? I won't lie, Riego Street is a great place to live. It is in a central location and is somewhat prepared for a first time renter. However it's serious issues of lack of drying facilities, uncaring security staff and urgency for profits by inspecting team make it difficult to live in. DO NOT LIVE HERE IF YOU CANT COPE WITH NOISE AND PARTYING
Halls over all were okay. Accommodation officers are harsh and uptight about everything, and like to make a quick bit of money from fining you over stupid things. Theres an infestation of bugs in the communal areas that wont go away.