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By far the smallest of the Strathclyde halls, but also the cheapest. It's ideally located, and is regarded as the 'party halls' of the Uni. If you like throwing flat parties and staying up late at night, this is the place for you. If you want a clean flat, your own space, and a quiet night's sleep, you might want to stump up some more cash for one of the nicer accommodations.
Halls are a great way to make new freinds and the layout of birkbeck made it so much easier. It had all the basic things you need for a flat, nothing glamouros but you weren't over charged for it and that's exactly what I was looking for as a student with limited money. The only thing I feel like would have made my experience better was if the comunal area was more home like. In my opinion it was very bland and felt like you couldn't really relax as much compared to in your own room. Other than that for a first flat I couldn't have asked for a better experience for the money I paid!
Birkbeck court was awful, dirty and smelly. The hot water constantly broke even though every other hall still had hot water, many blocks had to be fumigated due to a bed bug infestation (I thought bed bugs were a myth) and rent-o-kill were there every week trying to keep the rats and mice away. It cost a lot of money to stay in an absolute dump and before the cleaners came you had to clean or they would not do their job. The shower curtain was mouldy and the sofa was about 30 years old and had some unsightly stains. The rooms were so small you could barely walk around and had not even been cleaned from the person who had been in the year before. The whole halls either stunk of sick or weed and were not cleaned properly. The uni do not let you choose who you would like to share with and say that they match you with people who are similar to you and you would get along with; this is a lie. I had nothing in common with any of them. Overall, Birkbeck ruined my first year.
Birkbeck Court is the biggest halls of residence at Strathclyde. Very good value for money I felt. Only one shower between 6 but its very manageable as most people have hardly any classes in 1st year anyway. Rooms are small but plenty of shelving.wardrobe for storage space. Desk is a good size. Also room under bed for storage. The kitchen is very small but there are still 2 fridge freezers and a lot of cupboard space. Just not a lot of preparation area. Living room is comfortable with a comfy sofa and comfy armchair. Also numerous stools for other people to sit on. Living room comes with a tv (and tv license) included in the price. Birkbeck gets a bad rep but its comfortable, can be kept clean easily and you'll make great friends and meet loads of new people.