When I was told I was moving into these halls, it sounded great. However, the experience did not live up to my fantasies. The social areas were, for lack of a better word, "shit". The sofas were hard and very uncomfortable, and the shelving around the TV was really old and full of dust. It was not big enough for the amount of people that lived on the floor. Yes there were two 'communal' rooms, but only one of them had actual seating, the other was just a large kitchen with a TV in. The cleaners were incredibly nice though, and made an effort to know people's names and become sort of friends with us. One of them helped with some really heavy shopping I got once, just as she was leaving, which was incredibly nice. Overall, The wifi was bad, got better whilst we were here, the cleaners were amazing, the rooms were great (all double beds!) and having 33 people on one floor let you get to know people really quickly! :D ...Just bring earplugs for godssake.
The space in the rooms was great, and the social areas were just what you need. The shared facilities were always kept clean by the housekeeping staff, who were also very friendly. The internet was temperamental but I hear they have fixed that now.
More common spaces would be appreciated - I lived on the first floor and the boys just completely took over the common room and I didn't feel comfortable going in it anymore. The Internet was a problem when I lived there however I understand this has been fixed.
Wasn't easy to avoid people you don't get on with when half the building has access to the main floor, too many people wandering up and down the hall at all times of the night to get a good nights sleep and constantly had problems with the wifi. Had issues with food and kitchen things being stolen too as there are no locks in the kitchens. Being right on campus was always a plus though and cleaning/maintenance staff were always nice and got problems sorted quickly, even if something happened late at night or early in the morning. Most of the rooms were a good size for the price as well.
I lived in Connies 2012/13 when it had one kitchen per corridor but it has been newly refurbished since then and more large kitchens and common areas have been added. Double beds with shared facilities and a fantastic social experience. The cleaning staff are the loveliest people. Only downfall is the internet which is to be replaced Christmas 2015 anyway.
Halls was a fantastic experience when starting in first year. The value I got got my money was good, all areas were clean and there was always a porter on call if they was any trouble. Location was fantastic as it was just on campus and only a short walk from town. The social experience was fantastic but not 100% but that's just down to normal social experiences and the Wifi was not the best at all.