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DO NOT MOVE HERE... I came to Manchester Uni in September 2019 and am, as of writing this, halfway through my first year. I was placed in Hulme Hall and at the start the negatives were clear and pushed me to move out of Hulme Hall and into self-catered accommodation in January 2020... Catered Halls - The food is served between a set time which is often annoying as you can easily miss dinner or breakfast or you may not be hungry in this time. The food is also bang average and sometimes below that, I would urge students moving to Manchester to sharpen up on your cooking skills and apply to self-catered halls. It often works out much cheaper too ! Social Life - The Bar at Hulme Hall is dead almost all of the time, with exceptions to when the football is on. This can be great if you just want a quiet game of pool as you won't wait for a table, but the quietness does make it hard to make friends. There are next to no social spaces and it is hard to makes friends
Pros: -Brilliant location near shops + restaurants + bus stops. If you have a bike it's just 5 mins to main campus, 10 mins to Fallow -Catered food is great value for money and is pretty nice. -Rooms are nice and well-made -Social events the JCR does are fun. Including formal dinners which are cool. -The Bar is pretty lively. -Most staff are nice Cons: -Not a great social scene. Not non-existent but pretty dead most of the time. -Really poor common areas. The kitchens are tiny so you can't have gatherings and there is just one common room for the each block. -Because of the above, there isn't really a community feel in your building as people stay in their rooms most of the time. There were people I only ever met once on my floor. You have to go out and find people. -Rooms are v small. And thin walls. -Catered is annoying as they only serve at fixed times. It's not flexible All in all, decent. Could have been better, could have been much worse.
The absolute best hall experience I could've wanted. The hall has its own bar where the resident's association throws socials every 2 weeks. All the residents and staff are super friendly and there's a massive community spirit. The rooms are also pretty good for uni accommodation.
Horrible place. The university really skimped on everything they could. Paper thin walls, mattresses with noisy springs torturing your back, horrible, greasy food, barely any cleaning especially in the bathrooms... I guess not to bad for socialising.
I had a very good few months staying at Hulme Hall. Hulme has a great community with a real international influence which is great to meet people from such different cultures. The food is reasonable, the evening meals on weekends were appalling however. Excellent location very close to the Uni, Fallowfield and other halls of residence. The rooms are very nice indeed and the cleaners do an excellent job in the communal areas. However, I was subject to a burglary at Hulme (Birley Block) and the security is weak, both around the perimeter and due to a lack of cctv. Security only put up warning posters and I found the response to be wholly inadequate from the crime prevention team- especially as my room was previously burgled. Don't let this put you off however, just be vigilant!
Hulme hall has great facilities and location, but do not let this fool you. something that has been failed to mention on this site is the strict silence policy after 11pm. In fact members of staff (reslife) patrol the area and fine you if you are caught outside of your room after eleven, you don't even have to be making any noise, to be reported. This creates an extremely stressful living environment as you cannot leave your room within the hours of 11pm and 8am without being slightly fearful. You cannot watch a movie with a friend or even say hi when walking past someone in the corridor. There are also no communal spaces with tables and chairs in some of the blocks, this means you have to eat dinner on the floor if you miss the catered meal due to sports which clash or university work. I would not recommend these halls if you want to make friends and have some fun at university.
AMAZING rooms, close to campus, great bar, near lots of great areas. Frequently cleaned and DOES have a kitchen as well as catered. However, there are over 20 people on a floor to share 2 bathrooms, and it doesn't feel like the classic 'uni life', as common room is small and far away if you are on the top floor. Feels like a school residential trip that you don't cook for yourself and don't have that close knit 7-people-flat feel that other halls have. However you can meet lots of people all of the time so aren't stuck with any bad roomates.
Hulme Hall is the best hall, with so many different facilities like gym, squash courts and other courts as well as a bar for us to just sit and chill with hall mates!! The blocks are newly renovated and it's just a great experience.
I was really concerned before moving into hulme all, however they refurbished everything and it is all new which is brilliant, also the bathrooms are shared but I've never had to wait and they're always kept clean which is great, food is shockingly good with a hot breakfast every day, better than at home I kid you not, also there is also some cool events at the bar, (although some can be bad like Halloween 'party'), price is a bit expensive as other halls have been found to be cheaper but it is very social which is decent
Hulme Hall is a quiet hall, yet has a lively social scene. The bar organises many fun events and the fact that the hall is catered is also very convenient for after a long day at uni. The living spaces are very comfortable, however Houldsworth is in need of a refurb despite being a very beautiful looking building. The location of Hulme is excellent, only a 15 minute walk from uni and has a large variety of supermarkets nearby. I am really enjoying my experience is this hall and would recommend it to everyone!