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Cartmel as a college does next to nothing in terms of events and if they do they just repeat exam breakfasts and relaxation activities unlike other colleges who organise fun and unique activities (sometimes). No one is really hanging out in Cartmel because it is the furthest away from Campus Centre and all the Acedemic buildings. My halls (ensuite) were extremely overpriced for what it was and has since increased even more. Cleaners ended up being lovely but we had a temp who was unecessarily aggresive and rude and cotinued to report us for our unclean kitchen merely becuse we had things on the surfaces??? The internet is ok. The only common room in halls is the kitchen and it had no sofas, only a table and chairs when we were there.
The building was built in the 70's and had not been refurbished, so had single pane wooden frame windows. In the Lancaster snow. They also put me in the accommodation a 35 minute walk away from my study building. The Reps in the halls didn't care about you unless you got smashed every day of the week. The cleaner would just come into our flat at 7am, stand in the cleaning cupboard and scream down the phone. Social spaces consisted of a kitchen that was poor. Hated every minute of living in halls.
Cartmel has some of the best rooms on Campus, and some of the best management too. The only common area however is the communal kitchen (not always the nicest place to hang out) often with no soft furniture (though that is changing as the kitchens are renovated over the next couple of years). The water pressure on the showers is pathetic, and the wet rooms do not adequately prevent water from going everywhere when you are showering. Sound proofing - as always - is poor. The biggest problem is its location off the main Campus in Alexandra Park. The accommodation out here is generally nicer, but the long walk onto campus proper means it's not really worth it. There is nice accommodation on campus proper without having to walk so long and so far. Noise isn't even much better out here; there are still people being loud. Ultimately, it looks nice but there is a lot wrong with it when you dig a little deeper, and it certainly doesn't justifying the upcoming 4% cost increase without fixes.
Not a good college is you want to socialise in your flat The socials hosted by Cartmel are mostly terrible Don't chose it if you hate walking a lot to your classes Catered food is not great but good if you have no intention of ever cooking Is a popular choice of accomodation amongst international students Barker house is a great place to relax with friends and play bar sports All in all if you are lucky to be with fun flatmates then any college will be good.
It's a really good college but it's way too far from all the lectures and stuff, would be nice if there was some sort of quick access tram or something similar on campus to easily get from Cartmel to the other side of campus, other than that, Cartmel is really good, probably the best in terms of quality and interaction
Cartmel was VERY expensive, atleast £50 more per WEEK than living in town, had to fork out £700 of my savings to help me pay for rent one term as my loan did not initally cover rent, had to apply for the higher loan to pay for the rent. Lovely, clean and new bedrooms. Comfortable, easy to make it your own. College exec was not great in my 1st year, getting better this year.
Really nice modern rooms of a decent size. Large fully equipped kitchens with a lot of cupboard space but not much fridge/freezer space. I have found that the wifi in Cartmel hardly ever goes down, which it tends to do in some other parts of campus. Cartmel is the furthest outside of main campus so there is an approximate 10-15 minute walk to the main lecture theatres and shops etc. which can get very annoying in the typical Lancaster weather...
IQ is a much cheaper option than the universities accomodation, and is slightly older due to the uni accomodation only opening this year. But I feel a lot safer living at IQ and the living spaces are all fairly new as it was recently updated last year. Its a 10/15 minute walk from the main university campus or a 10 minute walk away from the bus stops to take you to media city (for free with student ID).
I chose Cartmel because I wanted to have the campus feel without being stuck in my academic life at Uni. I haven't been disappointed. People have a lot of bad things to say about Cartmel but it's friendly, the people are great and socials have been amazing in the past two years, especially in 2014! Extravs at Cartmel are amazing. Cleaning could be better, but I think its a problem University wide - cleaners should take bins out and properly clean floors and worktops, I'm not sure what else they spend their time on. The staff are great too, always willing to help, the college admin and porters are amazing and so supportive, anything wrong and they are willing to put in so much time to help you.
The rooms are a good size, and its great to have an en-suite bathroom. However, the lack of any social space is a problem, as it is very often that all of the flat come together to sit at an uncomfortable kitchen table.
Bad location, residence officer is rude and very unhelpful. Members of the college are very friendly including the porters and JCR. Good facilities in the college available to students. however accomodation is overpriced, poorly maintained and not worth the paper it's written on. There are nicer colleges on campus: consider Grizdale or Furness.
Excellent facilities. Cleaner every weekday, lots of social areas, fully equipped kitchen. Certainly on the pricey side, but offers students a unique opportunity to socialise when first moving to uni in a very relaxed environment.
No regrets in choosing Cartmel College. Top quality accommodation and great atmosphere. People might say its ages away from academic buildings but I think that is one of the best parts - a university feel without feeling too much in the centre of education. Facilities are good and people are great!