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Robbins has 14 blocks and is a great place for socialising, sadly I was in M block and this is the furthest away from all the courtyards so not much of socialising. The kitchen is tiny compared to others I’ve seen. I’ve seen a bigger kitchen in Pilgim that was for three people!! They even had a sofa and we all couldn’t fit around the table in ours! Rooms are alright size, but get like a prison the fact I could see the bricks just painted white! Location is perfect. In the middle of all accommodations, easy walking distance to uni and other clubs.
Robbins are the best halls for the money if you plan to socialise in other halls every single time you want to go out or have a good time. Social space is non-existent unless you count the balconies which are the only redeeming features of this accommodation in my opinion, especially if you're a smoker. Kitchens are small and cramped, the en-suites are dirty and in dire need to refurbishment and don't be surprised when your weathered mattress pops out a spring or two into your back in the middle of your first night. I would highly recommend you look elsewhere if you have the choice, as there are much better halls for a similar or slightly higher price, and you will more likely have a better first year experience than other people and I have had.
I enjoyed my time in Robbins however the kitchen was too small and was the only place we had to socialise in our flat. Also didn't have a table so we ended up using an unreliable ironing board most the time. Rooms were good, if a bit on the small side. Location wise Robbins is perfect. I could walk to campus in around 1 minute. Also very close to the city centre. The wifi is the worst thing I have ever experienced, it dropped out constantly and I was always draining the data on my phone because of it but apparently the company that provide it is being changed it should be better next year. As a whole Robbins is a good halls and I made loads of new friends.
If you love to party and want to have a great first year university experience then robbins is for you! Most of the people are pretty relaxed and you can make some great friends whilst living here. If you don't like music playing all day everyday then this probably isn't the place for you. The RA's can be pretty annoying with telling people to keep it down constantly but get along with them from the beginning and you should be good. Robbins has the availability of en suites as well as shared bathrooms (which isn't as bad as you would think). Its definitely worth the extra couple of £ rather than living in Gilwell which is same sex halls, fire alarms nearly everyday and getting called the ghetto. Robbins gave me a great first year experience, so worth it, wouldn't have changed anything.
Value for money is completely dragged down by very slow wi-fi however, this is 'being fixed' for the 2016 entry. There are no real social gathering spaces inside a flat other than the kitchen area but I've never had a problem with that because there are bars just down the road. You are literally right next to the university for those early morning get ups and right next to pubs and clubs for those late nights. Cleaning is thorough .
I loved my time in Robbins, such a social atmosphere and there was always events that gave you opportunities to meet new people who lived there. It's located very close to town and right on campus, as well as right next door to Gilwell, Pilgrim and Radnor Halls and many bars (ideal location!)
My experience was amazing but because of who I was in a flat with. The rules are stupid and nobody has a clue what they were doing. Health and safety was not carried out correctly and we received the blame. Also give out extraordinary fines for little things that mean you're paying £50 each for not emptying a glass bottle bin! Close to uni, but vile, absolutely vile inside, the top skylight rooms felt like a prison. And absolutely no chilling area just a stupid breakfast bar with some plastic stools. Brilliant
Robbins the is a simple hall but has everything a student needs in first year. It has large courtyard spaces for social activities and also a lecture theatre underneath which is used for activities such as movie nights. It is an overall 10/10 for first time fresher experience.
Honestly, best value for money halls! best on-suit out of everyone's flats i've seen. some rooms have there own balconys and although rooms arnt big, they are spacious enough. The only down fall is there is a kitchen with a table to chill around and you can get a good 20 people about for decent pre's but not actual communal space out of the kitchen.
I pay £98 a week, which for halls is okay. Robbins is very sociable, arguably the bet placed halls on campus. The cleaning is rubbish, but we do that ourselves anyway. Overall love it here and would recommend to anyone, hopefully you don't get RA's like we do!
The only social space is the kitchen which proves problematic if you want people over. However as one of the cheaper halls, you expect to compromise. Our cleaner is lovely and always does a fab job! Cannot fault her at all. On the other hand though, there is a silver fish bug infestation which was here before we arrived as light fittings were holding them. They aren't a huge problem but it's still not nice. The bedrooms are a nice size as are the bathrooms and removing the bugs, it's fab honestly. The fact a lecture theatre is literally part of your halls makes 9ams so much easier! The location is perfect in regard to uni and all the clubs so it's actually ideal :)
For £103 a week it's not too shabby, rooms are a good size, you have to share bathrooms which once you get to know your flatmates is fine, my flat had a pretty decent sized kitchen and a balcony, but other than that there wasn't really anywhere to socialise apart from in your rooms or outside in the courtyard. There's no lifts so if your on one of the higher floors you'll be getting some pretty decent leg muscles.
My personal university halls experience was a highly enjoyable one. The halls I chose to live in, Robbins, were some of the cheapest yet despite this never came across as being such. The maintenance of the halls by the tirelessly working staff helped make it a highly pleasant experience, and it's location quite literally across the road from the university campus made it ideal for me as a student, as I was able to aptly prepare for the days lessons without having to worry about rushing to class by any given time, so for me personally this was spot on. Without becoming too crude whilst still providing an apt description, the social aspect of university life Robbins halls provided was one of the best experiences of my life. It was able to combine the atypical university bucket list features such as social gatherings for nights out and block parties, with other positives such as the close proximity helping to create a real sense of community between the students. A truly great experience.
Robbins is very basic. It only has a breakfast bar with stools in the kitchen and so socialising in there for a long period of time can become uncomfortable and we ended up sitting on the floor. Unfortunately there are no common spaces in Robbins and so the kitchen was our only option. Despite this we still socialised a lot with the other blocks as the way they are laid out with the balconies means it is easy to communicate between flats. The bedrooms in Robbins are a little bigger than in some of the more expensive accommodation as they have a larger kitchen and social area that takes up the space. As I said, very basic but I wasn't expecting anything more from student accommodation. It didn't take anything away from my experience and I would definitely recommend it.
Good accommodation overall, the shared area flats have good sized rooms and the kitchen is well equipped. However, the bathrooms tend to be a bit grotty and get really stuffy after someone's showered (lack of windows/vents). Our kitchen has an adjoining balcony which allows us to open the kitchen out when its particularly hot, but would prefer a bigger kitchen with a kitchen table. Cleaning services are sometimes a little questionable, as sanitary bins are labelled as being emptied every day but are only emptied every term. A positive is that Robbins is literally 2 minuted from uni, so a quick, easy walk to and from lectures, with Aldi, town and a co-op all nearby. However, because it is on a road shared by 3 other halls (Gilwell, Radnor and Pilgrim), it can be quite loud at night times, making it difficult to sleep at night. Overall, Robbins is great value for money if you're on a tight budget, but if you can afford Pilgrim/Radnor than I would go there.
Love the architecture of this hall, and how close it is to uni and the shopping mall. Halls are relatively expensive but we got cleaners and stuff, though things in the flat broke easily like the door handles and boiler and stuff. All the doors are so heavy and bang shut so loudly which is kind of annoying. And living in here could ensure you get good night's sleep cuz parties cut after 12 you have to go somewhere partying not in halls
Grimy, falling apart and infested with silver fish.... And that was before we moved in. The kitchen light wouldn't turn on and the grill smoked profusely as soon as we moved in, reported both but both were seen as not important enough to be fixed , so every night I eat my dinner in the dark as the light is above the eating area, I therefore moved my lamp from my room to the kitchen and study in the dark. We were robbed by people climbing up our balcony, they stole a chair off our balcony, which we will now be fined for, even though we were assured when we moved in people.couldn't climb up due to anticlimb paint. luckily our balcony doors were locked because they did try it! The RAs are useless having not rexieved our posted for weeks and weeks at a time. The ventilation systems in both the bathroom and kitchen do not work. The rooms coming off the balcony are extremely cold at night because of the draft through the door. Serious lack of plug sockets. the Hoover's stinks