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Room filthy on arrival. Placed here because of disability and had to spend hours before unpacking cleaning the walls, bed, bathroom etc which impacted my stress and pain levels. Mains power thrown out every day for a week by faulty oven. Shower was corroded beyond belief by scale. Cleaner sent out after photo evidence provided, lime scale on the shower head and dial was so severe it stripped the chrome when it was removed. Neighbours constantly smoked weed which affected my breathing because there are gaps under dorm room doors (fire doors, mind) large enough to fit your hand beneath. Security responded well to reports but ultimately nothing changed. Walls and doors extremely thin and all noise passes through, you can't tap a spoon to a bowl in privacy the noise cancelling is that poor. Metal steps outside make lots of noise when stamped up and down in early hours of the morning by drunk idiots. Nice location by lake and conveniently adjacent to doctors, close to train station.
Expensive and close to railway but I cannot state how good the location is - the blocks are divided with stairwells which means you get to know the others flats well although there aren't any sofas (just try and make your kitchens as friendly as possible). Relatively well furnished and modern.
Surrey is expensive anyway. Location on campus is excellent, near the town, uni centre and right next to beautiful lake. Can be quite noisy with the train track about 10 metres away and buses running other side, but you get used to the noise quickly.
Rooms are a good size and the bathrooms were surprisingly nice, but you can hear everything that goes on in rooms next door. The windows are good at cancelling the noise of the trains when they're shut, but if you're hot and you open the window then all you can hear is the trains. The kitchen is really really small, and it's impossible to cook if there's more than 2 of you cooking at the same time. Also, aside from taking the recycling, what do the cleaners actually do...?
Overall, the halls are really nice, the rooms are a great size and it's definitely liveable. The kitchens are quite old fashioned and small if you wanted to have a large group of people round but you can squeeze and its still more than fine. However, within a block there are six flats, each with individual front door and doorbell so they are all quite separated - because of this I found you had to make more of an effort to mingle with others, during freshers this can be quite tough. It took me a while to meet people as it doesn't feel the natural thing to do to ring somebody's bell and hope for the best of somebody who answers.