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I quite literally cried after finding out I was in Mary Gee (emotionally unstable from results). Despite how horrible it looks actually had a really good time there and wouldn't change the last year! Make your room nice and make good friends and that's all that matters!
Before coming, I'd heard the horror stories about Mary Gee and was dreading it after getting a place here. Yes there's mould in some of the rooms and I've seen my fair share of silverfish over the course of the year, but I just think you can't beat it here. The community feel is amazing and I've made more friends than I could have imagined. Yeah the kitchens a bit small for ten people and yes the downstairs shower is a metal cubicle, but honestly for the price and for the feel of the place you can't really beat it.
Where do I even begin. The kitchen space was not sufficient to be shared between 10 people and friction often occurred as a result. There was next to no security and the lower doors was often kicked in.There was no space to socialise properly in the individual halls but it made it quite a fun challenge when you tried to cram people in your room for a movie night. On the plus side the internet always worked well and the location was a decent distance from the university and the local shops.
Best hall to live in when I was there, most sociable and amazing fun! Will always love Mary Gee due to the wonderful memories. Accommodation definitely needs redecorating; it was the people that made it a great place to live.
Mary Gee was amazing, and I'm so glad I lived there. Most people haven't even heard of Mary Gee when they are applying, and if they have they're told that they'll miss out on the atmosphere and activities in the student village at Oadby, but this is not the case. In my year at least, it was well regarded that Mary gee was the most sociable accommodation, and I have made many great friends there who I am still friends with now. It is true it's not as nice as the student village in terms of facilities, although I will say the 'prison shower' as we called it is actually really nice, it had a better water pressure than most showers I've used. It is also worth noting that even if you get put in Mary Gee, you can still attend the events at Oadby, so you won't miss out there, and you also get to attend City Living events, which Oadby people can't. Another good thing about MG is that it is a bit closer to the university than Oadby so you can walk in and save hundreds on bus passes!
Was cheap and poor quality (get what you pay for), location was far enough away to be separate from uni but not unmanagable to walk into uni when needed, the halls were poorly managed (eg we've had an ant bathromm infestation and cockroaches in the kitchen), place is cleaned by staff but rarely the students, limited social space but good company, never a wifi issue
I was originally upset when I found out I was put in Mary Gee. However, it turned out to be great value for money. My friends in other halls had way less money than I did due to the expense of their rent, and they were always waiting for buses whilst I could just walk to uni and back. The rooms are clean and a good size for the price we pay. Overall, i really enjoyed my time at Mary Gee and it turns out that city living isn't too bad - you can always walk up to other halls for parties etc so you're never excluded!
It's the budget accommodation. But that doesnt mean its really bad. I Bonded we with everyone else in my block. Is nice as you in a house with 10 people, so it more homely that a corridor in newer blocks. It's in a good location 10 minute cycle or 20-25 minute walk to uni. The common room is ok, the only downside is there's not really anything in the common areas like in Oadby. But it's only a 10 minute walk or 5 minutes on the bus if you want to go to the student bar.
You get what you pay for. All the staff are helpful if you ever get a problem and all things function okay. Social life may be a little tricky as most of the time people only converse with people in their blocks. The distance from the university seems lengthy at first but you get used it and it doesn't actually seem that bad. Overall, it gives you the basic necessities and has a friendly atmosphere.
This is a fantastic place because it's so basic. You're forced to socialise by living here and have so much fun. I cannot recommend living here enough, cheap and just brilliant (you can get away with pretty much anything really).
I didn't choose to be in Mary gee but apart from the lack of communal sitting room area I had a great year there. It's cheap, so plenty of money to spend on going out. Everyone is so friendly because no one chose to be there so everyone is in the same boat. The rooms aren't a bad size but the 2 bathrooms are pretty grim and the laundry room is such a waste of space. It's a lot more chilled out than oadby and the porters aren't at all strict. So yeah you may not have chosen to live there but eventually you'll get use to it and have an awesome year.
I had the best experience at mary gee! All the horror stories are just to scare you, it's not as pretty as the other halls but it's good enough and everybody there is so nice. It's really lively and everyone is so friendly. I've found that those staying at mary gee were a lot closer to their house mates than those staying at oadby.
Not the best looking, sometimes you feel it looks like a council estate. But it's cheaper than oadby and closer to the university and better value for money as you get the same freshers vibe and a better social life. Rooms are spacious and it's not actually that bad sharing 2 bathrooms with 10 people.
Originally was unhappy about not being placed in the student village, but it has turned out to be great. You save a lot money not having to pay for a bus pass and the accomodation is also a lot cheaper (83 a week). The accomodation feels more homely because it is across three floors rather than a long coridoor and it also has a laundry room which is a good additional space, as well as an airing cupboard. The downstairs shower is a bit gringey but nice once you get over the metally appearance, the kitchen is small and the windows only single glazing. The bedrooms are a decent size Mary gee has an amazing social life, freshers week will not disappoint! Despite this it is still quiet when you need a good nights sleep. The party bus on wednesdays and fridays saves you having to get a taxi to o2 student nights.
It is really s***ty accommodation, the communal spaces are ridiculous, the common room is nowhere near big enough for the 360 people it caters and the kitchens are ridiculously small for 10 people; you get given a 2 person school desk with 6 chairs as the dining table for a 10 person flat. There is also a small problem with mould, as the windows are all single glazed, but if you fill out a maintenance form the cleaners will clean it off no problem. Having said that, I love living in Mary Gee, the maintenance team are really quick to sort out any problems, the cleaners are really nice, and it's incredibly sociable with all the other blocks, not to mention it's really cheap. Not only is the accommodation itself so much cheaper than the student village, but you are within decent walking distance of the uni, only 30 minutes to uni and up to 40 for town centre, so you don't need to bother with a bus pass!
Mary Gee, although it's cheap, is still definitely not worth what it costs to live here. The rooms in my house all have mould that we've tried to get rid of multiple times, and the housekeepers really don't seem that bothered. One good thing about Mary Gee is that it's in houses, rather than huge blocks, so you do feel like you're in a community. It's defined as city living, but it's still half an hour's walk from university, and and hour from the city centre. Not to mention that it's nowhere near Oadby student village, so you tend to feel cut off if you're friends live in Oadby. Hopefully they'll shut these halls down and move more people into Oadby next year.