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There are constantly problems such as the wifi not always working or the toilet seat breaking. Also, there are parties often so even if you choose a quite flat to stay in, you'll still hear the neighbors partying. The cleaning is pretty good. Something else that I was concerned about was the fact that there is not always hot water at night so it's not going to be easy for athletes as training times can be at night as well. The same goes for heating. One of the benefits is that there is space to lock your bike nearby. Security is also very helpful but only if you ask them to do something. For example, when you have an issue with music at 3 o'clock at night. Only then will they act. Birkbeck Court is in a great location. It's just 1 min away from the new sports centre and the library. Buildings like the business school, pharmacy and biomedical sciences, john anderson are 30 seconds away. All the strathclyde buildings are a maximum of 3 mins away.
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.