|John Foster Hall||#2|
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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Unfaultable really. Excellent facilities right on the unis doorstep, just a case of rolling out of bed into a lecture. Excellent transport links to the city centre too, on a good day you can be there in 10 minutes. Very social halls and the living spaces are great for entertaining.
Living in Lasdun was by far the BEST year of my life (the best halls at Leicester uni). After applying to John Foster and other self-catered halls I nearly cried after finding out I was living in Lasdun, but now, looking back on it I wouldn't have even considered applying anywhere else. Met the most amazing group of friends (recommend joining a group chat for your halls before you go) so being catered became a blessing being able to go and get food with all your friends everyday, and another bonus was not having to cook it. The kitchens are small but have convection ovens so you still have the option to make something simple. I was also surprisingly, very grateful for ending up with a shared bathroom, mainly because you end up spending most of your time in someones room due to the lack of kitchen space and you don't want everyone hearing you go to the bathroom.. Food court and village hub are a stones throw away and you're in the centre of it all, best social atmosphere by far
Wow. As an international student, I was kind of forced to live in this sty, unfortunately. Overpriced for what they give you. The meal plan is overpriced as well. The receptionists at the help desk hang up on you before you even finish talking. Be ready to pay out the nose for a bus pass, or you can plan to walk for 45min+ to campus. Nothing to do if you don’t drink alcohol. The rooms are full of immature freshers who get wasted every bloody night and set off the fire alarms with their smokes constantly. My advice, stay somewhere closer to campus that doesn’t resemble Dante’s Inferno. What a waste.
Had the time of my life! Lived here in Lasdun as part of the catered halls in 2010. Was fun and super cheap, and the friends I lived there with are still my best mates today. Not much social space in my block, but made room anyway or hung out at the bar/the outdoor space/other GMS halls. From my experience Lasdun was the most sociable of the halls and I loved every second of living here! Wish I could go back!
Lived in Shirley Lodge. Common room dark and damp, so nobody ever used it much. Extremely loud from other students revelling outside every single night became extremely annoying. Location is nice, with the greenery but it is quite far from campus and the bus pass cost £375 for the year which is expensive.
I lived in catered halls during my first year and so our only social space was the kitchen, shared between the 12 girls on my floor. My room was a good size and I had an ensuite, but the size of the room varied as the girl opposite me had an oddly shaped room that made it seem much smaller. Cleaners cleaned the kitchen weekly, and hoovered and cleaned our bathrooms every other week, and were all very friendly. Within the student village we were located opposite the main bus stop, but far enough from the road that we rarely heard any traffic or associated noises, though having to get the 8:20 bus to ensure we would arrive on time to our 9am's was a bit of a pain! Being in a student village meant we had a really social community around us and didn't have to worry about our pre-drinks waking up any neighbours.
GMS is in oadby just 20 minutes outside of Leicester. This is a pain as it does tend to mean a bus passes is the easiest way into uni (runs every 10 minutes) however the trip can easily be done quicker on a bike if you want to save some money. The halls themselves though are in a beautiful location with many field behind them to relax and hold events in the summer. A student gym is just 2 minute walk down the road where also many societies use the courts and pitches to practice. There is a free 'party' bus that runs to all Union hosted nights out and is such a laugh and a great way to socialise outside your flat. The catering could be better, as long as your not a fussy eater and don't mind the repetition it's fine. Breakfast is definitely a highlight with English fry up everyday as well as continental. Brunch on weekends is also always a hit with hungover students offering toasties, jacket potatoes, soups and more.
Lived in Stoughton Leys. There house was disgusting and looked like it hadn't been decorated for god knows how long. Nothing worked (e.g. oven, shower etc.) and no-one bothered to fix it. Most of the windows didn't shut, there was ivy growing through one of the upstairs windows! The common area was tiny, and had a couple of battered sofas in there. It was not worth the amount of money I paid, especially as other blocks who paid the same amount were living in luxury.
Often referred to as "laskaban" due to it's prison like appaearance, not at all cheap for very basic accommodation. Kitchen is small and very limited (not even a toaster!) so difficult to eat outside of set times and no communal areas.
Located far from uni, have to get a bus pass. Buses only run during term time and not for the whole contract. No basic amenities in a close proximity, Expensive for what you get, rooms feel of low quality. Cleaning done half-heartedly, bathroom didn't seem to have been cleaned when moving in. Only good thing is it's where most of freshers live so social life can be good.
Despite what you're told on the open days, no, social life isn't any better here than it is in city living. It's most likely that you will not be given your accommodation choice, no matter what you apply for, and the accommodation team will try their best to force you into the most expensive rooms. The cleaners are terrible, I've often seen them sitting around our kitchen trying to pass the time before they can leave. We were once told by them that they couldn't mop the floor because the cleaner that mops is on holiday? They've also been known to let themselves into ensure rooms and poo without flushing. The bus passes are extortionate for how unreliable the busses are, that'll set you back £360 a year, just £10 less than a normal pass. The uni want to put prices up again for accom, but are not capping bus prices to balance out the costs. A bus pass is unavoidable as Oadby is in such an inconvenient location. All they want is your money.
GMS is a space in Oadby Student Village that contains a few different types of halls. I stayed in Bowder Court. Bowder Court is ensuite self-catered, which means you have to cook for yourself and don't have to move out unlike halls that are catered. The rooms and kitchens are great, beyond what you would expect of student accommodation and unlike the other sites. Would definitely recommend staying here.
It's a shame it isn't nearer to the university but GMS is a great student accommodation. Great atmosphere as you are surrounded by students and although it isn't as modern as john fosters you certainly get a better value for money, especially in catered accommodation.
Lived in Lasdun, also known as the prison block. Bathrooms weren't great but okay. Despite having no social space other than a 2 ft-square kitchen (because we were catered) was one of the most sociable blocks to live in! Rooms were great and we just dragged chairs into the hallway and sat there most of the time. For the amount of money, I would actually recommend Lasdun no end so don't judge on first appearances!