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The great benefit of living in Nixon Court is the location, it's only a 5 minute walk to campus and within walking distance to the city centre. I'm just glad I don't have to wait for that Oadby bus. The room itself is much better than I had expected, it's a little but shabby and worn but for what you pay it's worth it. The onsite staff are helpful, as are the residential advisors who pop around every now and again. The downside to Nixon court is that you can end up in a flat if 10 where it's a bit more difficult to get to know one another and the kitchen gets messier quicker. However, sharing two bathrooms with 10 people is not bad actually- everyone respects on another and there's never anyone hogging the bathroom. On the topic of bathrooms though- don't expect much but it does the job. The other downside is the noise, throughout freshers and once or twice a week it can be a bit loud and rowdy. If you don't mind noise and want convenience then Nixon Court is for you.
It takes 10 mins to walk to the furthest side of the uni campus so you can get out bed and quarter to and still make it to lectures. This also means you don't have to pay for buses/taxis to the union on club nights. Morrisons is 5 mins down the road and the Dry Dock pub is right next door which is good if you can't be bothered to go out but fancy a few drinks. If you want a quiet life 24/7 then Nixon probably isn't for you, it can get quite noisy. Also expect to be woken up at 9am once a week by the cleaner banging the hoover against your door. It's great socially though, there's always stuff going on.
If I had been a British fresher I would have been very upset and lonely as it is very quiet and very few fluent English speakers. However, I am a postgrad student in the modern blocks, so for me, it is perfect as I wanted somewhere very quiet and close to the uni & city centre with parking facilities. Most of the reception staff are, unfortunately, very unfriendly and can often make you feel inferior and a nuisance for asking them to complete their job role in assisting you! My room is very large with a double bed and ensuite. Plenty of storage, in fact, almost too much. The kitchen is also very large with plenty of storage and sofa areas. This is the more expensive room options (F-K), and I have seen other kitchens are much smaller.
Best city living option offered by the uni. There are probably cheaper alternatives if you go private but if it comes at around the same cost, choose Nixon. You'll be close to both uni and Welford Road, which is full of good, cheap food options. Also, the common room is fantastic for meeting a lot of foreign chicks ;)
Horrible experience! I would not recommend this to anyone but especially to North American students. It does not meet our living standards; old rooms, nasty carpet (I don't believe they know there is something called shampooing) bathrooms stink, loud train noises. I put in three requests for maintenance in the last 4 weeks and I haven't got any response from the staff. I was also taken off the wait list without any notification. Very unprofessional! P.S. They have pictures up on the site for the new buildings, do not get fooled by that.
Great experience when a first year although may have been an unusual number of freshers this year, I believe there's usually more internationals and older students living there. Very nice not to have to get the bus into town or to uni unlike staying at Oadby as both are well within walking distance. Dry dock is a great student pub which is right next door!
If you have the cash to opt for the premium ensuite (double bed + ensuite), go for it. The other rooms are really MUCH older, but if you can deal with the occasional water heater/ central heating breaking down then it shouldn't matter. Location wise, 7 mins away from campus. Literally right next door. Extremely convenient. Trust me, on campus accommodation saves you all the hassle. You pay a bit more but it's really worth it. You don't have to bother with paying your own bills since it's all inclusive. 20-30 mins walk to the City Centre, I'd say it's not too bad. Anyway, if you've got the bus pass or split cab fares between friends to and from the City Centre - works out to be real cheap.