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New hall near University of Manchester
Everything is brand new!
Smart TVs, great social spaces & grab and go breakfast
It's a 10 minute walk to the University of Manchester
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Amazing location if you want to be in/close to the city. Lots of great people and about 1/5 international students (less than other in the city) so good mix of people. Great ability for social life being so close to the city and unit and having a decent cheap bar on site with socials going on every week. It's away from the constant business of fallow field but still has enough energy for great party's and less noise at times when work is important (and fallow field is still very easy to get to if you need). Safe area even at night, lots of shops and great bars within crawling distance and a maccies, subway, morrisons, sainsbury's and dominos literally across the road.
I would have to say that I have both up and downs with Whitworth park. Positive: Close distance, Reslife team(who organizes events) are really nice, twice a week cleaner, free squash courts, own bar and 10-pound gym, free trips around the UK (Chester, Stratford-upon Avon Negative: Mice in our kitchen, shower only one of the two works, room size very different but same price, some rooms single glaze some double and at summer very hot!! (no AC and top floor kitchen is very hot), some windows open small and some big, cleaning days could change without any notice, no socialization with other halls. Overall I would say if you want somewhere cheap and close to university Whitworth is great. The Reslife team were great and I use the squash courts and gym a lot so that was good. I had a moderately large room so I cannot complain but mice and shower problem continued and these problems were summed up as 'this hall is old so this is normal' which was not good.
Despite a great location (close to a lot of buildings, shops and libraries as well as a short bus ride to bars and clubs) and also a great pub on site, my first year here has been quite awful. My social life wasn't too bad. Me and my flat have been out a lot and I get on with most people. Thorncliffe is probably the best house to go to for social life (plus this is the only house with a wash basin in the room). Cleaning and hall management etc are TERRIBLE. One of our cleaners would drink and eat our food and use our dishes - when reported nothing happened to him, even though other flats reported the same thing! The cleaning they done - when they actually turned up to clean - was very minimal and they usually made more mess! There was also a constant problem with our sockets/extractor fans in the kitchen and we also had rats. Staff were often reluctant to help and came across very rude. But as other reviews have said, you do get what you pay for!
Cheap, cold, and not very cheerful accommodation! Positives: Best located accommodation for UoM, literally a few minutes from most main campus lecture halls. Flats do get cleaned every week (communal areas). That is where the positives end though... Negative: Very cold, I got ill on several occasions. Also, living with 7, 8, or 9 people is quite tough as it is more likely you'll have one (or two in my case) people who do not know how to clean/put their stuff away. Room sizes are all very different so you could either have a tiny 1 by 2metre box or a decent size room. Slanted roofs so banging your head happens a lot. All flats (except ground floor) are spread onto 3 floors so you'll have to walk flights of stairs to get to your kitchen on the top floor. Squirrels get into kitchens when (idiot) flatmates leave windows open. Bar is usually dead as the events that happen there are quite boring. Can be noisy every Friday/Saturday night. All-in-all, do not pick Whitworth
I am a postgraduate student and so far I have had good time in Whitworth park. The room size do depend on a luck, despite that we pay the same price. I live on the top floor and have a double glazing but some of my friends have bigger rooms with single glazing so it really do depend on your luck. However the location is the best! Literally 3 minutes to campus and I usually walk to city center as well. It has its own bar (Groove Bar) which has nice area to chill and relax and with only 10 pounds you can join the gym as well! (It is small but it does do its job :) ) The staff member are nice and cleaners do come to clean the kitchen,living room and toilets which is good too. It also has a squash court that students can use. Despite being next to campus it has this bubble of silence that for postgraduate student is really suitable. Negative point will be that I have seen some silverfish and we have seen a mouse in our kitchen..(hopefully will be sorted soon...)
It's good because it's a 10 minute walk to the uni. Shared bathroom is not nice. Can get lucky with the bedrooms and get a big one or be unlucky and get a tiny one. Could get lucky with kitchen and have windows. Overall it's not bad- it's cheap and really neat to the uni
You get what you pay for but the social life does suffer, a lot of quiet international students and students who are VERY work orientated. Still a flat party every weekend without fail so not a total loss and always something on at the bar located in the residence.
Honestly didn't believe it when people told me these halls were full of international students but it's true. It's not necessarily a bad thing but a lot of the students outside of Europe aren't very sociable and prefer to hang out with people from a similar culture. If you are someone who likes a party this halls is probably not for you, though I'm sure through Facebook you can probably find something happening every night there's just not the same vibe as halls in Fallowfield. Also, apart from going to uni every other bloody event is down there so you might as well buy the bus pass despite being a five minute walk from lectures. The living room/kitchen is the best part about the flat, though the maintenance are pretty s*** we've lived here months and our cupboards are still broken. The room sizes vary so much, the smallest isn't very functional and boiling hot but the bigger ones are actually really nice rooms but you all pay the same. They'll also fine you for stuff constantly!
It is a cheap accommodation with just what you need, so you simply get what you pay for and not a penny more. You have to do some investment in your room to make it livable, but it is no great cost. After all, you are here to study, not to spend your whole life in your room. The social atmosphere is also worth mentioning. This is not a hall for you who likes to party day in, day out. Then you should rather find something in Fallowfield. Whitworth Park is close to the main campus, and not a far distance from the northern campus (Engineering campus). The student bar is excellent place to start your night with cheap drinks and not too loud music, which makes it possible to discuss where you and your friends are going to spend the evening. Bus stop is right outside the gate and it run buses all the time.
10 minute walk from the majority of lectures so you miss the Fallowfield bus queue and ultimately get to lie in for longer. We have our own bar that does super cheap drinks and puts on a bi-weekly comedy night for free (Phil wang, Jack Whitehall etc.) so pretty decent! Very very clean and all facilities are perfect acceptable and extremely good value for money. I had heard lots about the rooms being very small but this isn't the case they're a lot bigger than others I had seen. You're in your own community so very easy to make lots of friends very quickly. The buildings were all initially very very warm but they do listen to your complaints which is amazing. Also lots of international students which isn't a problem but communication can be difficult and you have to adjust to each other's way of living, habits etc. Finally you're right opposite the shops, dominos, subway, McDonald's and a Chinese so very very close to all the horrible unhealthy yet delicious food. Overall great. 10/10.
Whitworth is great, close to campus, lots of events, but quieter and more...peaceful than fallowfield. Perfect for me, only problem is that rooms are SO HOT, even with windows open in the middle of winter! Bring your shorts people!
Most of my flatmates were really rude and cliquey, but obviously this is luck of the draw. The location is super handy for life scientists (and probably more degrees too), there is a lot of diversity and around 1000-1500 students on site and the bar is pretty cheap too. The washing machines absolutely suck though and the rooms vary in size a lot, but it is one of the cheapest halls here.
It's literally the closest halls to south (main) campus so you can get up at 8:45 and be on time for a 9am lecture. It's pretty far from Fallowfield so you tend to socialise with other people in WP since everywhere else is fairly far but with bus stops right outside. WP is okay, you pay for the convenience of being close to uni not for the mad social life or the fancy en-suite accommodation