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Location is pretty but miles away from uni. It takes 1h on the bus in rush hour, can be unreliable and is £300/year. Cycling is good but hilly and impractical if you need to take loads of stuff. Homely atmosphere and great faculties- common room, study room, gym, a bar that is just a 24/7 social space. Lots of events and things to sign up for. Social experience is mixed. Some quiet flats, some noisy ones you can go out with. It's annoying to go out again at night after coming home from uni because of all the commuting time. It's easy to lose motivation. Wifi is slow and randomly cuts out for no reason. Maintenance is done quickly but nothing significant gets replaced. Oxley is now owned by a stingy Russian oligarch and doesn't wanna spend any money replacing things that are too worn out. Rooms are a decent size by halls standard and ensuite is nice to have. Parking is not enforced so a waste of money for a permit. No consequence for no permit. Also silverfish everywhere! Gross.
The main thing people notice about Oxley is the distance from campus, which is daunting. However, the residences themselves actually make up for this. It's in a beautiful area with well-maintained, spacious rooms/areas, plenty of facilities (like a gym and music rooms), and a decent social life - it's social if you want to be social but not overwhelming if you're quiet. Then, to deal with the distance, there are two bus stops - one of either side - with very regular buses that can take you straight to the nearby town/shops, to campus, to the main shopping area, to the bus and train station.
Yeah ppl up here giving oxley a bad rep but for real oxley was acc sick all these out here saying "its not sociable bla bla" were deffo hermits or something cos i know i made lots of mates. If you're a nature enthusiast, or just like having somewhere nice to live oxley is so nice especially during the summer like lbr most people already have to get a bus or train to school anyways its really not that deep getting a bus to uni also means you're garunteed a seat. Security a literally non existant so you can get away with basically anything from lil smoke ups to big flat parties its just chill asf! Oxley is basically lupton but a bit further away and not as strict with ensuites and nice grounds. If u kno about BG u kno about BG.
Far away from the city centre and the campus (20 min by bus). Also, there are no shops and supermarkets near the hall. The hall is not cleaned on a regular basis, which is really really bad! Heating on the cold days was good and the rooms were kept warm! The kitchens are small with no much storage space in the cupboards and the fridge (against the number of flatmates in a flat). The rooms are spacious and comfortable (for a resident and even a guest!). The bathrooms are too small and get always flooded after having a shower. The yard and the gardens are absolutely amazing and enchanting. We' ve had some pets too! Cute squirrels! If you like nature, you will love this hall (except for its drawbacks)! Afternoon walks on the few sunny days are a great way to keep in shape and look after your well-being!!!!! I' m generally satisfied with Oxley as i didn't expect much!
Great accommodation! VERY social, if you don't make an effort to go and make friends in Oxley that's your own fault. Security rarely comes here so flat parties don't get shutdown. 10 min walk from the co-op and 20 min walk from Aldi. You get used to the distance, most people only have 9-13 contact hours a week so you will probably only be in uni 3 days a week which is fine. The bus is £1 a trip, don't buy a bus pass it's not cheaper. Rooms are nice and big, the kitchens aren't huge but the round table makes them very social compared to other halls eg JB which just have a tiny jutting out island which is a pain when having people round. the grounds in summer are very nice and social as there's lots of space with benches and BBQ pits. The staff are amazing and very friendly, and there is a new warden who is very nice and understanding. Didn't apply here but I would again and I'd recommend it to others.
Really nice halls, u get used to the distance nd the bus is £1. Being to headingley + Hyde park student areas is defo better than being in the city centre. Rooms are a good size, bigger than any of my friends in other halls and 3/4 double beds. The grounds have lots of grass and benches with is really nice in summer. 10 min walk to co-op nd takeaways in west park, 15-20 min walk from Aldi if u cut through the park. Right next to the Hollies forest and a 10 min walk from a large park. Very social halls, made 30+ good friends all from Oxley. Would highly recommend if you want somewhere a bit more chilled and an ensuite room for cheap. People on here moaning about distance r lazy and unaware that most halls are a 40+ walk from the uni, at least Oxley is in the student area and not the back end of the city with nothing but offices surrounding. If you haven't made friends here, that's on you for not anti social or strange, a building can't impact that.
Well where do we start, has anyone ever asked to be put in this residence and not regretted it? No WiFi connection in room, literally everything had to be on a wired connection. No heating. Maintenance staff who believe you're lying when you tell them there's a problem with the flat. Mould was all over the walls when we turned up, the extractor fans in the ensuite are a myth. If you're on the bottom floor of the accomodation be prepared for people knocking on your window at 4am drunk. The location might be the worst thing about it, you're an hour walk away from Campus and you'll normally spend more time getting to your lectures than actually being in them. The social life is dead, the pool is open once a week, don't believe the lie of having social areas on the campus. The best thing that you can say about this place is that you get pity off other students when you tell them you practically have a 9 month jail sentence here. For the love of god don't go here,
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!