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Probably the worst place where anyone can stay. You might think it's not so bad, but the reality is that it is extremely expensive for what you get. There are even mice in the walls. But the worst part is the staff, apparently there is a warden, that judges students and fines them at his convenience. In my case he made up that on the day of the 7 am fire drills, someone from the staff had came to my door and I laughed and did not opened the door. The "staff" is run by students, so you're actually putting your safety, when it regards to fire, to 20 year old students. The internet connection is very poor. There is no cleaning in our flats, we do it ourselves. The stairs are cleaned probably once a month. Hall management is terrible, as the example above shows. Social experience depends on your flatmates. I would have preferred to had found private accomodation, since you can pay half of what you pay in this hall.
Living in Cairncross House was a mixed experienced but overall I'm glad I picked Cairncross over other halls. It is located in a safe and trendy area not too far from the University or the City centre. It is unfortunately quite far away from other halls (such as Murano) and there is no large supermarket nearby. The bedrooms are quite spacious and the kitchen facilities are modern- the bathrooms are also okay, they are cleaned every week and toilet paper is provided. As Cairncross is not divided into flats, I've found it less sociable and very few parties are thrown, however the quiet atmosphere is largely a plus. I did find it harder to make friends within my halls and bond with people in my kitchen, however that's not always the case and depends who you're with. The common room and computer room are a plus, and are good places to study.
Cairncross House is quite near the University compared to other Halls and it's also in an area with a lot of pubs and shops and only about 30mins from the city centre by foot. The staff is nice and helpful, the cleaners do they job well. However, I think that the price, as with most Halls, is too expensive. I pay £122 per week for a standard single! Even though on the University website they said it'd be £108 per week!
One thing to bear in mind about Cairncross House is that it isn't flats like the other halls are - each floor has around 40-50 rooms and several kitchens and toilets/showers. You're assigned to a certain kitchen depending on which room you're in. Each floor has laundry facilities and a couple of baths if you fancy something more relaxing than a shower! The kitchens and toilets/showers are cleaned every week and toilet paper is provided, which is great!
Cairncross is the best place for first year students to live. The rooms and kitchens are divided into separate flats, so you are always bumping into people, ideal for freshers week and for the first year as a whole. The location is perfect as well. only 15 minutes from uni, and about 25 minutes walk from city center, which is ideal for all the nights out, saving money on cabs/public transport.
Great place to live if you want to have a big group of friends by the end of it, however the cleaners aren't that good and management sometimes doesn't do their job right e.g. forgetting to buy the whole building toilet paper
One of the nicer hall buildings but I found it to be less social than other ones (murano for example). It wasn't very party focussed and I find I didn't make as good friends as people in Murano did. If you don't mind living in a less nice building, go for Murano - it will be worth it for the friends you'll make.
Despite Cairncross being one of the less well known accomodations at glasgow, I really loved my time here. Not the typical layout, which I found allowed me to meet and socialise with many more people, much more easily! Super friendly staff who always say hello. Great start to university life.