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Sidwell street is a noisy street to live on, and dangerous. The walls are also paper thin. Laundry is overpriced, and there are only four washers and four dryers for the entire building. During the winter there is a limited amount of heat, so make sure you bring lots of blankets because I was really cold. My room was right on top of a bus stop, so other parts of the building might not be as noisy. Luck of the draw. Lots of plug ins in the room, and plenty room for knick knacks and storing clothes. My flat had the biggest shared living room/kitchen in James Owen court, so that was really nice. I still would not recommend because of the heat situation I went through during the winter and how noisy it is.
james owen court (JOC) the best place about the place is its loca close to both uni and city centre
I lived in James Owen Court 2020/2021 during my first year (with COVID measures). The accommodation is in a great location for the town centre and both Streatham and St Luke’s campuses. The flats are have good facilities and provide a decent kitchen, lounge and dining area, so plenty of space for socialising in your flat. The rooms are all en-suite, may not look amazing and new but they are comfortable with plenty of storage. For the year I was there we had cleaners for the kitchen and communal areas within the flats, so cleanliness was never an issue. The reception staff are great and happy to help with any issues, maintenance or parcels etc. The courtyard is a nice social space with benches and table tennis, however there are no covered areas for when the weather is poor. The accommodation is secure with plenty of gates and doors to stop anyone from walking in. Overall a great accommodation considering the price and location, as well as the benefit of en-suite rooms.
I was an international exchange student coming for a semester exchange in January from Australia. There was little interaction between international and local students. Most students formed closed friendships with people from their block corridor or from their home university. There are no activities or events within JOC to meet other students. The conditions of the rooms and the utilities were very poor. On your arrival, you are given a checklist and asked to go through your room and check that utilities such as heaters, showers, kitchen stoves, keys work. These are not checked before your arrival. The carpets are not clean and had hair from previous students on it. Many students had problems with their showers and room heaters in the first weeks resulting in complaints. In the first week, our kitchen stove in Block F did not work and had to be replaced. It usually takes 2-4 business days for anything to get fixed. The laundry machines use an old faulty app that is overpriced.
Incredible value, the cheapest accomodation with an ensuite. The location is both good and bad, very close to town but 20 mins to the campus, perfect for nights out. Also no lifts :(. No common room and the quad has no cover for smokers, has a ping pong table though. Social life is quite limited as many people are international students and stick to themselves. However, its location close to clubs is pretty good. Also there are constant fire alarms at 4am, not really the accommodations fault tbh. Overall, its not a bad accomodation just quite limited. 6/10
Hall staff were friendly, but the area is not safe. Sidwell Street has a homelessness and drug problem, and as a woman I actually don’t feel safe here at night (none of the women here do, we walk in groups after dark). A nearby alley is known for being a spot where many women have been raped, and evenduring the day we’ve been accosted. I feel for the situation of the homeless as it’s clear the government isn’t taking care of the problem, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is simply not safe. In addition, the acoustics are terrible. You can hear people talking no matter where they are in the building, and the doors constantly slam. The furnishings outdated - the building itself is in need of a renovation. Wifi is not reliable. Not a good experience.
Cute and quaint, and good value for money
Bad Internet but the rest was OK compared to other ones. The good thing was being in the town center.
Not great. Very clearly cheap.
The reception staffs are very friendly. However, the cleaners are so mean. I don't know why they are called cleaners. Their only duty is to ask you to clean the kitchen otherwise will fine you.
No cleaning provided, no proper social areas. Surprisingly good location though, near shops. Rooms are actually pretty nice!
20 minute walk to campus, which means you're a little set apart from other freshers, however you are really close to town so it's good for shopping or getting a job (and for if you're going out in the evening!) Halls are self catered and you are required to clean your own spaces, with the occasional check that you're keeping things tidy
James Owen Court is a very lively place to live, the rooms are homely and the shared space is just the right size.
Probably the best accommodation in Exeter. The closed off courtyard allows us to have a common area outside. There is also a ping pong table which was great fun and such an easy way to meet people.
it was good although I didn't enjoy the being woken up at 3am but that happens with any accommodation so it wasn't all bad.
While James Owen Court's location may put some people off - roughly a twenty-five minute walk to and from campus everyday - its location in the middle of town makes it ideal for shopping and partying. Its hall management is unfortunately not as well-run as the other halls in Exeter, but its reception is open daily throughout the week for queries. James Owen is certainly one of the cheapest halls in Exeter and this should definitely be taken advantage of, because its large common room areas, kitchens and all en-suite bedrooms mean it is real value for money.