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- TEACHING DELIVERY STATUS:
- Confirmed Sept/Oct start
- TEACHING MODE:
- Online learning
- OPEN DAYS:
- Next open day will be in June
- TEACHING NOTES:
- They have moved teaching online, closed non-essential facilities and cancelled or postponed on-campus events.
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I lived in Weston Hall in my first year and loved it but I was terrified to move in because of all the bad reviews. Don't worry, everyone feels the same! The location is amazing, the rooms are a little small compared to some halls but there's good desk space, good shared living area and great common room. A lot of people are scared by the high % of international students and I do know some people who were in flats with people whose English wasn't great so they didn't talk to anyone in their flat but in 2018-2019 this just made us more sociable. ResLife had to be pretty strict on 11pm noise ban because some students complain every night. I lived in blue core. This is the main entrance area and has a lift, I was fairly lucky because green core does not have a lift. Red, yellow and silver core are postgrad areas and sort of nicer, but the undergrad areas are still good. There's 24 hour security. There isn't wifi but you just connect to the ethernet (buy an adapter). Good luck!
No Wifi, only one ethernet cable which is not sufficient and sometimes the hotspot doesn't work so you're basically immobile and stuck to your room all the time! Lots of noise around! Students not adhering to the smoking rules and smoke close to the buildings and it affects those with asthma. Also there are rats in the kitchen and they sometimes get into your room. Made complaints but nothing is done to resolve it, almost had a mini heart attack when I saw one in my room. No cleaning staff so you have to clean your kitchen, that's quite understandable but most flatmates do not cooperate but I guess that depends on who your flatmates are. The location is pretty decent, 15 mins walk from the city centre and 15 to 20 min walk to the main campus. The ensuites are somewhat decent. Overall I'd say it's not worth it. It's better to get accommodation with Manchester Student Homes or other student accommodations; depending on what you're looking for.
It would have made more sense if weston hall charged us 130 pounds a week and not 140. The fact that we have an ensuite toilet makes the difference and I actually really liked living in Weston Hall. I think my flatmates really made the difference and I am beyond lucky to have them as my flatmates. It was made up of 4 girls and 4 boys, and 3 of my flatmates are international, myself included; and the other 4 are from the UK. The location is superb as it is close to the city center and all the restaurants and the place I worked at, but it takes about 15-20 minutes to walk to school. My flatmates were really social-able so that was awesome, but I know other flats are kind of dead cause people don't really come out of their rooms as often. Overall, I would recommend but it is also up to your flatmates that year and whether they are fun people to be around.
Expect to have the deadest social life. Most flats do not socialise meaning you have to find other people to hang out with. Location is amazing being right in the city centre and the new common room is good for hanging out in. No WiFi so have to use an Ethernet cable. Cleaners take out rubbish everyday but my flat mates were extremely messy. If you want any form of social life, choose Fallowfield as Weston Hall was a lonely experience
I'm in a studio so my experience will be different than others. I transferred to Weston Hall after a bad flatmate experience elsewhere. The studio was very new and recently redone. However, there some issues with water leaking through the shower door and the tap not properly attached to the sink. It swivels more than it should. So not a lot of attention to detail. I was not informed that the hob in the studio was induction so I had to buy new, expensive induction safe cookware. So take note of that! Location is good. Middle ground between Manchester Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations. City centre is a 10-15 minute walk. In addition, especially if you are an early sleeper or like quiet nights, this is not a good location. There is a club nearby and a several pubs. There is very loud music until 1, 2, sometimes 3am coming from the club some nights making it difficult to get to sleep. Also, there is a day nursery under some rooms, like mine, and kids scream all day....
DO NOT MOVE HERE!!! If you want no social life and no friends this is the halls for you. Disappointed since moving in, most flats are full of international students that do not speak just stay in there rooms constantly. The room was dirty when I moved in, single beds vey uncomfortable. NO STORAGE I could only fit coats in the wardrobe, bathrooms are dated, window only opens a crack, dirty curtains and carpet, and plug in wifi. ONLY ONE BLOCK HAS ACCESS TO A LIFT, no help moving in was a nightmare! As well as this the kitchen has no windows, dirty hobs and horrible furniture nothing like the pictures shown on the website. Countless spotting of rats,mice,bed bugs and even burglars! Only good thing is the reception people these are extremely friendly and helpful. Best advice would be to move to followfield!!!!
During my year at Weston my flat was subject to bedbugs and mice, with rats running around the exterior of the building. There’s also no wifi, just ethernet that most macs don’t have a port for so you have to splash out on an adapter (which will definitely be sold out for a week or so) just to connect. Overall a fair bit of money for a small bedroom, mice, grimy bathrooms and depressing, dark kitchens. Also worth saying there’s one lift that can only be used to access one of the blocks. For the others, e.g. me on the 5th floor at the very rear of the building, it takes a solid 5 minutes to get from the main entrance to your flat.
If when choosing a hall for your first year at Uni you want zero social life and perhaps the development of depression... Weston Hall is the place to be! Not only will you enjoy 2 minute conversations per day with your flatmates whom will go to the kitchen to grab food then scurry back into their rooms to eat it...but also EVERYONE keeps there doors completely shut and really adds to a prison corridor kind of feel. -On a serious note it is very depressing. When I imagined first year in halls I thought people would be sociable and often come into my room for a conversation. On my first day I left my door completely open so that people could pop in and say hello. No one did, so I just presumed the 7 other people hadn't moved in yet. When the only other non-international student in my flat did come and say hello she informed me to my horror that there actually were 7 other people in the flat right now. Although comfortable living don't come here at all if you want to socialise.
don't understand the bad reputation weston hall has. the location is amazing, sure it's overpriced for the quality but uni/arndale/gym/good clubs and other amenities are super close by. flat cleaner is reliable and our bins are taken out every morning, rooms are about average size and mattresses are v cosy. red core is modern n refurbished w induction hobs etc. and new common room layout. there's 24-hour security done by actual professionals, reception is lovely and the halls are very clean. a big downside is that there's no wifi but the intranet is very speedy. you /can/ meet people who are up for the sesh too, my friend transferred here also so she could be with her friends (us). overall good quality for first years esp if you're doing an engineering subject since everything is on your doorstep. justice4weston lol
As someone who has previously been to university and experienced halls of varying quality prior to my stay at Weston, I must say that the reviews are disproportionately harsh. The accomodation has security (cameras and actual security on the premises), 24-hour residents who are actual staff (not 2nd or 3rd year students like many unis get to do the job on the cheap instead), working facilities (lifts, appliances, Internet (although there is no wifi)), halls are always clean and orderly (trash is taken out daily from the communal bins in the flats (no trash lying in corridors, again like many other accomodations)), en-suites, decent location (although you will spend much time walking around to get to shops, there are two bus stands adjacent to the building for the 147 which is free for students), vending machines inside the building, spacious social areas for each flat, large kitchens, etc. I don't know anybody at UoM who isn't envious of my accommodation and theirs are rated higher.
The location is basically perfect. Close to most parts of the uni (especially the engineering buildings) and really close to all areas of the city centre. The rooms are a bit small, but they are perfect for first years!
I love my flat, personally, however each flat seems to be very different (as in some are much better than others), ours is great, but then other people are paying the same money as us and have a rubbish common room/ kitchen.
Highly international, disappointed this wasn't expressed on line as they tended to stick together and make it less social. I'm a first year and put in a flat of 8 with only 2 other first years and being the only UK person in my flat doesn't help me socially to make friends as third year students are gone a year later and already have their friends therefore not very sociable disappointed in the lack of common sense of this matter
A great city centre location with generally really nice residents. Whilst it's not in amongst the busy buzz of Fallowfield or Victoria Campus it's ideally situated right next to a good mix of bars and clubs; factory, fifth and Joshua Brooke's are literally on the doorstep. Most residents are international but the social side of living here is good. Overall, not a bad hall to be living in for first year despite the reasonably high cost.
The common room is so defunct of facilities that no one really goes there. However we are very close to the city and the train stations and in walking distance to the uni. We are also very close the clubs. However this halls is where many of the international students are so it is rather a pick and mix of how good your flat relationship is.