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So, the kitchens are big which is great, the rooms are spacious, but the bathroom is too small and is basically a wetroom that floods every time you get a shower. Theres an infestation of weird bugs called silverfish (google them theyre disgusting). The decor is alright just depends on the room. Parking is expensive (120 for the year) n no one seems to check who has a permit so youve just pissed 120 up the wall. No one applied to be there (i applied to central village and so did most others). Wardens nice tho. The bus is fine but its £230 for a yearly bus pass, and to walk it would take you an hour or so to reach uni. In rush hour, the bus can take about an hour or so to get back. If you dont get along with your flatmates then youre not in a good position, as youre so far away from everything that you cant make other pals. Also, the accom website says that its 'near headingley', its a 20/25 min walk to central headingley and to a shop for food. Oxley ruined first year, SHUT IT DOWN
Upon finding out that i had been allocated at Oxley Residences I was gutted at the location, however after spending nearly a week here it has been better than expected. Yes, it is out of the city but the bus ride is often only 20 minutes into the centre, and is 30-40 minute walk which i think is manageable. The location itself is also very pretty and calming after a hectic day in the city. My room looks out over a sports field and i can keep my window open without being disturbed by noise. Its also only a 15 min walk into Headingly where you can find an appealing scattering of shops, restaurants and pubs. I would say to anyone panicking at the prospect of living this far out from the city to not worry too much, as everyone is literally in the same boat and the location actually works as a good bonding experience with your flatmates.:)
The location is the biggest problem. Returning from uni anytime between 4:30-5:30pm, the bus journey can take up to 50 mins due to the traffic through Headingley. Of course by the time you've found this out, you'll have already forked out £270 on a bus pass. Catching the bus at off-peak times can be fast - sometimes taking as little as 10 minutes to get to uni, however, buses can often be very late. You'll spend a lot of time getting to and from lectures, the library, and anything in the city. Worse than this, you'll find yourself trekking just to maintain a social life. Being far from uni is hard, but being far from the other uni accommodations is worse. Oxley is relatively void of liveliness, or a jovial atmosphere and this will be the second biggest problem you'll face here at Oxley. In comparison to James Baillie, Oxley is a cemetery. Leeds is such an amazing uni and the student experience is so much fun, but please leave this no-man's-land as soon as you get that chance.Move to JB
2014/15 i had a great time being in the main building of oxley hall was mostly sociable but there wasnt many social events only one at the end of the year and 1 freshers events, had the common room to ourselves basically because none of the blocks used it, far away but got used to the distance, big kitchen and big room but single bed, decor very dated
Do not live here. If you are given this accommodation go and find private accomodation instead. Being at oxley has completely ruined my first year university experience Here's (just a few) problems- -DISTANCE: oxley is in a different time zone, don't be kidded by being told its near the 'student hub' of headingly, it's a 30 minute walk or a 5 minute walk then 10 minute bus. At peak times 9am/5pm the traffic is horrific and getting to and from uni will take atleast an hour (usually longer) COST: oxley may not be the most expensive but being so far means you end up spending so much more money. £275 for a yearly bus pass you WILL need, £10 taxis too and from the city on every night out, shopping delivery fees because the closest shop is in headingly WARDEN: this is the worst part, I feel as if I'm living at boarding school. the no noise past 11 is taken to an extreme, even on a Friday night or the weekend you aren't even allowed low levels of music or TV
At first glance, Oxley is a beautiful location. However, the distance is dismal; it's over an hour walk to campus, so a bus pass or vehicle is required. The closest shops are a mile away, meaning you can't nip out to get essentials when you want. Although the Oxley House building is lovely, it is old; I had to move out of my first room because the windows kept leaking and got mould on all of my belongings. The common room is a great space, and there's a games room, gym and bar; the hall exec occasionally organizes events. Even so, unless you get along well with the people in your flat, social life at Oxley isn't optimistic, since you won't be able to hang out with anyone else that easily, especially since you can't stay out too late if you want to catch the bus back. Everyone has to be quiet after 11pm, though I find that fair because the walls are so thin no one would be able to sleep otherwise. The staff are nice but will sometimes have off days and get snappy with you for no reason.
Why is this place even a Leeds University Hall? It's like they want to punish people who applied through clearing. It's so far away that you will barely ever make it to your lectures on time, unless you leave like 2 hours before. Do anything to avoid this place - a doctors note guarantees being moved somewhere else...
The location of Oxley sucks, and I feel this really impacts on the social aspect: having to catch a bus to fetch a few grocery items, or spending up to 40mins on the bus in the morning traffic to get to Uni may not seem like such a big deal at first, but come to the end of your stay you'll be pulling out your hair - you can't just walk down the road to the pub to have a beer with your mates who live in other residences! The rooms aren't very new either, although they're comfortable and have everything you need, pretty spacious. The main blocks also have ensuite bathrooms which is sweet, although having shower will mean that water will pour all over the bathroom floor.
Without a doubt the worst halls in Leeds. Do not apply if you value the social aspect of university. The halls may look aesthetically pleasing but its location means 50 minute journeys to/back from uni at peak traffic times are standard, and no one from closer halls will want to come to your pre-drinks.
At £104 pw it is hugely more than a cleaner, more up to date house in Hyde park (~£80) - Hyde park being far 10 minutes walk rather than taking up to 50 minutes on a bus (no, seriously. Location is ridiculous - you have to either pay £250 for a years bus pass or cycle a good 3.5 miles generally in the rain. There is also no shop for *1 mile*, an expensive petrol station shop, so if you forget to get something it's not possible to just nip to the shop. Forget walking - sainsburys is in a different time zone. The warden has power issues - in every other accommodation it's the accepted rule that you are quiet after 11PM ( quiet music, watch a film), in oxley we were ordered to stop watching a film at 23:10 on a Thursday and that 'no noise whatsoever will be tolerated after 11' - as in you can't even listen to the radio. The bar is open once per week. It has a pool table but of course it would be too much trouble to let us use that on more than one night per week.
These halls are lovely but so far out the city. I'm from leeds and it would have been easier for me to commute from my own home to uni rather than from oxley to uni. Took at least 30 mins on the bus every time I wanted to go to uni because traffic in headingley is so bad. No shops close enough to do a big shop and commute back with it. There's one bus that goes past oxley that is extremely unreliable. Rooms are really nice and the social aspect was great but that's only because it was so far out the city everyone hung out in the blocks. The location of these halls is not worth any good you might get from them
Great hall for socialising as in small blocks so get to know everyone! Location is an issue, 45 mins walk from uni but with a bus pass its only 20 minutes and means you can get the bus back from nights out and save money on taxis. We lived below sub wardens so they were quite strict on noise but in other blocks it was fine.
Way too far out from university. Headingly is nice but having to get the bus into uni through traffic everyday, not being able to pop back inbetween lectures and having to get the bus to get shopping made my first year a complete pain. However, their is a great bond between the students at Oxley and I made some great friends. Having an en suite is great and the rooms and kitchen are absolutely fine. The surrounding fields and area is nice and the sports pitches are very close.
Even though it's a way out from the uni it's such a great atmosphere, the flats are laid out very sociably and it's so pretty in the summer. Also really close to sports fields which can be useful. Also you get a double bed en-suite for like £1000 less than CV/other accommodations which compensates for the distance
very very far away, but trust me, with the wonderful people there you'll soon get used to the bus journeys! Very good value for money and is surrounded by greenery so plenty of room to lie out on the grass in the sun, which almost all other halls don't have. Gym, common room (not really used that much) laundry services and study etc on site, most wonderful bunch of people I have ever met here and staff are so helpful, usually fixing anything within 1/2 days. If you don't mind the travel (15/20 mins on the bus) then this place is perfect for you. You can also get a bus pass for the whole year for £250 which considering how cheap it is comparatively to others is a bargain. Thought I'd hate Oxley, but when it's sunny, lying on the grass with a barbecue, there's nowhere I'd rather be!