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currently in ashburne and absolutely loving it - all the girls on my corridor are really nice, our reslife advisor is very friendly and willing to help with any problems we have, and the daily banter with the dinner staff is brill. the majority of rooms are huge compared to in other halls e.g. oak house, and the fact that the halls are catered is a huge bonus and saves so much time, plus meal times provide an added social aspect. the food is on a 5/6 week rota so is really varied, and a vegan/vegetarian option is available every day. to really enjoy ashburne you've got to meet the right people there (which I'm sure you will like I have), but before applying do be aware that the hall is basically 85% girls, 15% boys with only one corridor in the hall being designated for male residents (the corridors are gender segregated). if this doesn't overly bother you, you'll love it! ps would recommend getting a room with a basin, wouldn't be able to live without a sink and mirror in my room
If you're somewhat like me and are willing to compromise on the crazy social life that comes with living in a place like The Tower of Owens Park and the '24 hour sesh' because you want somewhere actually livable, come to Ashburne (not to mention for monthly formal dinners). The rooms are all extremely generous in size, as opposed to other halls such as Oak House which are corridor box rooms. This comes in handy because the kitchen is so small, often someone's room becomes the hosting room for pre drinks on nights out. Ashburne is as social as you make it. I was fortunate to be on a corridor where everyone is fairly social and got to know each other very soon. The kitchens can fit very few people in but we're catered so the fridge is mostly full of milk for tea and frozen pizza for hangovers. PS Norman is a legend. Location wise, very walkable (5 mins max) to Squirrels bar, but far enough to be quiet when you need to work.
I was so disappointed with my first year experience because of Ashburne. I find it so quiet and unsociable. I share my bathroom and kitchen with 5 other girls, and 8 months in I still only know 1 of their names (not down to lack of trying!). The 4 other girls are all international from what I have gathered, which is absolutely fine, but they are very studious and keep themselves to themselves, making it pretty unsociable on my corridor. Before uni I was such a sociable person, but since living here I have become so introverted and lonely. I really do wish I had moved halls in the first few weeks of uni when I could tell this wasn't right for me. The catered food is ok, and sharing a bathroom isn't that bad at all. The only real positive is the huge bedrooms. It must be 2-3 times larger than my bedroom at home, as well as the fact it's always silent so perfect for getting work done. I have no idea why Ashburne is ranked so highly, because I honestly consider it to be so lonely.
Lovely hall to live in, I do not regret my choice, however, it has lots of downfalls. The kitchen I have to share with 15 other girls is tiny and does not have a proper oven. The bathroom is okay, never any queues but the showers lack good water pressure. The setting within the Fallowfield campus is lovely, I could watch the squirrels all day, however, the trek to uni is quite long and if you need to get to a 9am by bus, you need to leave at 8 or you're screwed. However, I have met some truly amazing people in my halls and 4 weeks in, I'm still being introduced to new faces. The socials that the JCR organise during Welcome week are amazing and really help create bonds between residents. On top of that, the proximity to the Armitage sports centre is ideal, especially for a sport junkie like myself. Plus, WiFi has just been installed and it works a treat ! Despite some negative points (which the staff are keen to hear about and try to improve) Ashburne hall is a lovely residence !
The rooms in Ashburne are huge, no point detracting from the fact. I somehow managed to happen upon the biggest room on campus (!) so acted as host of the ritual sunday night dinner every weekend. Ashburne has a close-knit family feel without feeling claustrophobic and the tutors are lovely. Norman the warden is an absolute legend. It is a fairly quiet hall and has a lovely library for when you need to work, but on the flipside is also really good for organising socials and nights out. I found some of my closest friends at uni at Ashburne and I'd encourage anyone to live there.