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If you’re freaking out because you we’re given sentinel towers instead of the accommodation you actually applied for... DON’T WORRY! I freaaaked out when I got sentinel towers and saw all these reviews of it being an antisocial place to be. The truth is lots of good memories were made here even if it is a quieter more detached place being outside of campus. It is what you make of it, and I’ve met amazing people here!!! It’s not all mature, international or medical students and I’ve never felt out of place here. You’ll have fun if you are nice to everyone :) don’t stress
Sentinel Towers is what it is. It feels safe, it’s a good location in terms of being close to town and the uni, you get your en suite and your room with everything you need, I can’t complain about any of that. However, it’s not social one bit which really did ruin the experience for me. There is a common room downstairs but its not very busy. The kitchen space in the flats have the bare necessities but absolutely no social space, even just one small sofa would make the world of difference but in most flats, there is only room for a small table and chair set with not even enough seats to sit the flat all togther. At the end of the day, if you are placed in sentinel towers, it really isn’t the end of the world but just make that extra bit of effort to be social because if you hide in your room, you could easily stay in there all year and not be noticed.
You’re Sentinel experience can vary massively depending on who you share a flat with. Block A has been far better for social life as there aren’t as many international students (who tend to be less sociable and willing to go out for whatever reason) as block B which seems to be pretty dead. The walk to the conference auditorium and the edge is only 10 minutes so it’s actually a good location. It’s fairly close to the city centre, you have Warehouse just 5 minutes away with Canal Mills within walking distance too. The common room is adequate and fortunately the sub wardens are quite fair as long as you don’t take the p*** so pres or afters can be pretty good in there. People who say the social life’s dead are slightly exaggerating as it’s significantly better than places like Central Village where subwardens stop all parties by 11pm even on weekends whereas, we’ve had whole floor parties (3 flats) with doors open and music. Traffic noise and dated + small kitchens are the downsides.
If you are student who truly cares about your studies and basic need for sleep, Sentinel Towers is NOT the place for you. Noise pollution from flatmates who thinks his voice needs to be heard almost on a daily basis; ear plugs were not helpful as well. At night, surpassing 12am, students shouting, screaming and swearing with music. Wifi is slow. Washing machines have 65% chance of not working. Cleaning service is amazing though..unless you live with dirty flatmates. Receptionist is great as well. In a nutshell, students who should not live in Sentinel Towers are those who cares about studies and the basic need of good sleep.
Sentinel towers is a somewhat good place to stay. Somewhat. Here are the facts: NOISE POLLUTION If you are located on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th and facing the streets, know that you will endure a lot of noise pollution. The windows are designed with vents to not only let air enter but noise as well. With that, students who are mostly nocturnal (because they study hard for their courses they paid with such high fees and they care about their studies like a responsible adult) would emit sound that is audible in your room, as if there were no windows. WIFI The wifi here is weak. Like for a developed country, you hope for a stronger wifi, but is really weak here. Your 3/4G data might be even faster. No kidding! Is embarrassingly slow. LAUNDRY (that breaks down like clockwork) Circuit! Everyone's favourite laundry service. The laundry machines break down like clock work because hey..who needs good competent laundry right? Yet universities continues to use Circuit!
Don't choose Sentinel Towers. Even though it looks pretty it is falling apart and is quite moldy. Also, it is quite far away and it affects your social life. Choose to live on campus or at least in accommodation that is big where you can meet a lot of people.
Some say it isn't very social because it's mostly made up of international students but if you get great room mates like I did then you'll have the time of your life. So make sure you get to know your roommates even the international ones. I wasn't a huge fan of my room at first but it has so much space and storage unlike other places I have seen. We have a massive kitchen with two of everything. Its an easy walk to the city for shopping and a night out. It also a 10min walk to campus once you know the short cut.
I know there has been a lot of negatives about the social side and that is partly true - I got lucky with a good flat and good neighbours but compared to most other places, the social aspect is fairly dull. The common area isn't up to much either. Having said that, the rooms are nice and fairly spacious, you get an ensuite and the kitchen isn't bad. The staff who managed the building were incredibly helpful if we had any issues. Despite the negative reviews of the social side, I still managed to have people to drink with two or three times a week and you are going to make friends in uni no matter what!
Really good location for law and business students, and close to the city centre. All staff extremely friendly and everything is run perfectly. It is quite a small halls, but is still very social. The common room is well equipped, and furniture in bedrooms is modern. The en-suite shower rooms are a good size . The only bad point is that kitchen fittings and furniture could so with updating. In addition, it is relatively expensive compared to some, but you get what you pay for.
Advertised for business students, but really it's full of temporary international students & has about as much social atmosphere as a library. If this accommodation was human it'd have 100,000 likes on Facebook but in real it'd look like something you stood on!
In complete honesty, it's a great place to live, surrounded by 3 other big halls of residence to make it feel a safe location about 10 minute walk from the edge gym/conference auditorium and the centre of town. The rooms are small but homely with an en suite and the kitchen is a decent size but no 'living area'. This is why our flat didn't gel at first. The only downside of the halls is the social experience is pretty pants and its a pretty quiet halls unless you (I recommend) meet your neighbours and get to know them/go out it's them in freshers. Otherwise, the halls management can't be faulted and any queries are fixed quickly.
The social side of sentinel is poor as it isn't the priority the halls. The priority is the rooms themselves which are very good in comparison to other halls I have seen. The kitchens are the luck of the draw as some are large however others are small and cramped for the amount of people that have to use them. The location is great as it's close to both town and the University, taking about 10 minutes to walk each. There are local shops and pubs close. The social side is improved if you go out of your way to socialise, which is how first year should be anywa. So if you are in a good flat you will more than likely be able to make friends with your floor and so in that sense sentinel does not deserve the reputation it has socially. All in all it is a good place to live.
Popular with international students and also 2nd/3rd year students planning to go on a term abroad. Two of my flatmates left in March to go on a term abroad and were replaced with two Japanese girls. If you are after a great halls experience, pick somewhere a lot more sociable - I have found myself lonely and miserable here as it is so quiet, and spend a lot on taxi's visiting friends in other halls.