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Wolfson Hall turned out to be better than I expected! I lived in a room with communal toilets and showers which were kept very clean by the cleaners. The food is good, the best thing being the cooked breakfast and the desserts at dinner! Although the hall's quite isolated, you can meet and make more friends here (as opposed to just your flatmates) as you see them at breakfast and dinner. If you have trainings or society events in the evenings after dinner, it is quite troublesome sometimes to go to the main campus. However, you get a bus pass, which replaced the minibuses, allowing flexibility and freedom to travel wherever you want. There is also the university's Garscube gym a mere 3-minute walk away, making it very convenient to make the most of your free gym membership.
Wolfson is probably one of the better kept secrets of the UoG acommodations. While it is a little far from main campus, it more than makes up for it. To start with, the hall is in the middle of a park, which made for some beautiful walks. The food was surprisingly good, with a very varied menu (including international food nights!) and options for late meals, as well as full cooked breakfasts. Meals were also a great time to meet fellow residents, and along with all the common areas, weekly hall movie nights, and other social events, there were always people to meet and things to do. Wolfson even has it's own library, which was really great for studying! Staff were friendly and helpful, and repairs were usually done very quickly. And included in the fees this year was a year's bus pass, which was wonderful as it could be used not only to get to campus, but also for trips to the city, or to anywhere else covered by the bus service. In general, I really enjoyed living there!
This place is, quite literally, a prison. Except you have to pay 7k for it and the food is worse. Everything is either deep fried, defrosted, or taken out of Gordon Ramsay's worst nightmares. On top of that, you are allowed very small portions and a set of bizarre rules are in place to limit further the amount you can eat (for instance, if you take a piece of bacon from the hot section for brunch, then you can not also have a bagel from the cold section). You will have to spend a lot of money to substitute both the quantity and the quality of food - on the bright side, the closest supermarket is only a 20 mins walk down deserted, dodgy Maryhill Road. Transport to campus is also very bad, with 14 seat minibuses to serve 200 people rushing off to morning lectures, and coming only every 20 minutes or so. Get ready to queue for at least half an hour if you want to catch it between 8-10, or take 2 different buses and pay 3.80. Looking forward to a law that protects you from such robbery
Halls are located extremely close to the vet school so is great for vets, but for everyone who needs to go to the main campus, travel is a nightmare. Food is provided, but has good days and bad days, mostly bad days, weekends are always terrible. Kitchen staff are very friendly, until you complain about the food. £7k for an ensuite for 9 months is not worth it in my opinion. Rooms are tiny as well, washing machines are expensive and break constantly, and there are only three but they made my clothes smell so bad that i had to go to a laundrette instead. Maintenance is also poor, one person's room got flooded with at least an inch of water, people also got stuck in rooms, firedoor alarms go off all the time, drugs everywhere. The amenities block for parties also kept getting closed for repairs.
The food is horrid. The commute into campus is pain, the minibus service provided by the school is of little comfort. But without these two elements, you would never make so many close friendships, you get to whine about it together. Misery loves company as they say.