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|John Foster Hall||#3|
Cheap hall near the Uni of Leicester
Rooms from only £71 a week
WiFi throughout and free onsite laundry
It's only 10 minutes from the University of Leicester
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Value for money wise if you’re in John foster you’re either rich as hell or you drew the short straw and went through clearing, it’s super expensive for what feels a bit average in the grand scheme of things. I can not stress enough how far it is away from the university or civillisation, if you can afford a bus pass then good for you but if not it’s at least an hours hall to uni. As well as that the buses aren’t all that frequent so I’d invest in a good coat in winter (if you have any money left) because you’ll spend most of your time waiting for one. My social experience wasn’t ideal because I hardly ever saw my flat mates and I’ve seen more life in prison that the common room areas.
Met some great people but they make for the living accommodation I live one of the houses and my room is especially grotty and small the radiator has to always be on as the the windows are single glazed making the room very cold
Overall, the rooms are really nice and all of the accomodation in Oadby has access to a large variety of study spaces and common rooms. The internet in John foster is about 50mbps download speed and so perfect for just about anything you want to use it for. The kitchen's in John foster are shared between 5 people and thus usually get dirty quite quickly (although its largely dependent on flatemates). The kitchen has all the essentials but is sometimes hard to use, particularly if flatmates are messy.
I wasn't given my first choice of accommodation and instead I was given John Foster! But i'm so glad I did. Though it was the most expensive, it was really nice, clean and modern- own bathroom! The location of Leicester's student halls is the downfall as it is a bus ride away from University (there's a direct bus of course) (but it's only one year!) but the location is beautiful - it's probably the nicest area in Leicester and I felt so safe walking around. The accommodation types varies but I'd say pretty much all of them are nice! There is also a choice of catered vs non-catered.
Oadby is by all rights a lovely place, though too far out and too isolated. Due to the distance (as it is a 40 minute walk to get to the university, and an hour to get to the town centre), most students would have to buy a bus pass, which come infrequently, are always full and get more expensive each year (technically cheaper to find friends and get uber to and from the uni). You'll be shopping at Asda's which is a half- hour walk each way, hence why students generally order their food for delivery. Scenically tantalizing lovation, though too 'out- there'.
John Foster Hall. The Pavillions. This student accommodation is so far from the University you have to get a bus to go to Uni and the town centre making you feel very isolated from friends and meaning you have to wake up extra early to get in on time. Whilst paying for the bus every day, another downside is that there isn't really a social space or common room for everyone to go and socialise and despite the room being fairly equipped and a reasonable size, they are definitely not worth the price as for a lower price at another accommodation, you could get a larger room with the added bonus of being close to the Uni. Also, John Fosters Internet connection is terrible, as soon as you walk away from you're room you lose connection. Overall, John Foster Hall isn't that bad but the rent and location are definitely a put-off.
John Foster is definitely the best halls at the university of Leicester. The rooms are a great size along with an amazing ensuite (with a great power shower). The kitchen is a great size for the number of people in the flat and is a great place to socialise. Although Oadby is a little way from the university is it certainly the best place to socialise and get to know everybody plus John Foster is placed right here the first bus stop to the university so it's easy to get around. I've had the most amazing first term in John Foster and definitely recommend them.
This is the only downfall of not just UoL, but almost every university in the UK. The accommodation is way overpriced and they know that. The value for money is awful, and unless you have help or a job, it is most definitely a struggle to afford it. Also, john foster hall is very much so out the way, and this forced me to get a car. Asda is quite a far walk and uni is even further. With overpriced bus passes and not the best busses, I would recommend accommodation nearer - definitely.
A trek from campus on a questionable bus service, but it's so worth it. It feels modern, tidy, safe and secure, and it's so easy to make friends because everybody is close together. Definitely the best halls at Leicester.
Although John foster is deemed to be the nicest accommodation at the University of Leicester, don't be tricked into paying for a premium plus room. You still get a camp bed just like everyone else, you still get mould in your shower and the wifi is just as slow as everyone else's, despite the extra money you pay for it to be fast. The heating hasn't worked in our whole block for 2 weeks now. Despite all that, it is what you make it, and I've definitely made some amazing friends.
Best year of my life, met the most amazing people. Rooms were excellent and massive compared to others I've seen. Would 100% pay to stay here again and recommended it to anyone wanting a sociable and comfortable happy 1st year
Expensive, but worth it if you go self catered. Great hub of students, close to the bus stop (you're going to need it) and all the necessary amenities (reception, post, laundry, & bar). Bit far from Asda, but shop tactically and you'll be fine.