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The main selling point of St Mary's is affordability. The halls themselves vary in quality (some have been refurbished), but they are ok. The staff are friendly and there is a communal aspect to the halls since everyone feels somewhat stranded. There are several supermarkets in close proximity. Negatives: - It's VERY out of the way, it's the most inconvenient of all Newcastle Uni halls. The free buses don't make up for this as they only run for a few hours each weekday (8-10am every 30 mins, 5.15-6.15pm each hour) and they often fill up before everyone is able to get on, meaning many have to use public buses anyway. The public buses are very good and one runs at least every 15 minutes. Get buses 15/15a/63/36. - Reception is only open for a very short window during weekdays (3pm-7pm) and shut at weekends - There are only 5 washers/dryers to be shared between everyone in the halls. ~200+ - Most flats only have single glazing and walls are pretty thin - can get noisy/cold.
I really enjoyed my stay at St Mary's. Though my room was much smaller than those in the photos on the website, the kitchen was big and very nicely refurbished, with 2 sofas. The distance can be difficult at first especially during winter but I enjoyed the walk through the fields during the summer and buses are available. Met some great people and would recommend these halls, especially for those with a budget.
Although on the expensive side, this brand new accommodation is everything a university halls should be. With ensuite rooms with 3/4 beds and large kitchens and communal areas, you certainly get your moneys worth. It is secure with underground parking, and I think it looks beautiful outside and in.
Very far from university and even though there is a courtesy bus there isn't enough space for everyone! The rooms and kitchens are nice enough, toilets and showers could be better but they suffice for a year! Fenham isn't really a problembelt place to be but shops are near by and Morrisons is a 10 minute walk - quite a long way if you have lots of shopping..
St Mary's is a cheap accommodation that offers all the relevant facilities needed to live. The distance from campus can be irritating and there are only 5 washing machines and dryers for 300 people but the rooms are ideal and the kitchen is suitable.
Flats are extremely basic, with barely any kitchen space. Common area has a table and chairs around it but no sofa, or TV. Not enough worktop space to do any cooking on either. Location is awful with a 45 min walk into town or get a bus. Nights out are made more expensive by being forced to get a taxi due to the location. The common room for all residents is a good space, with a TV, table tennis, snooker and some sofas. If it weren't for the price, and the people in my flat who are also lumbered with this accommodation and we get on very well, I would definitely not enjoy my time here. Would highly recommend seeking anywhere else as its really not worth saving money and living here.
St Mary's is a nice halls to be in. The rooms are a good size with lots of storage. There is a common room where there is pool, football and tennis tables. The only issue is that it is the furthest out of all the halls. It's about a 45min walk and a taxi is £4-8. There is also a bus that takes about 15-20mins. Although this also has advantages as it makes St Mary's more of a community. There is always a flat party on and apparently there's barbecues etc in summer.
Cheap and affordable. Although the uni does offer a free shuttle bus on mornings and at 5:30, out of hours travel can be expensive, such as taxis. Kitchens are extremely dated. Comparing it to other university accommodation offerings, it's embarrassing, and in reality Newcastle really need to up their game, some students can't have luxury close to campus while others live 2 miles away, cooking in a kitchen that looks like something from a 70's tv drama.
all shared areas are very large and comfortable bedrooms again are large with lots of storage space however distance from lectures is too far away, and most people here didn't choose this as their shortlist for accommodation.
I have not enjoyed my time at St Marys and I do believe it is some of the worst student accommodation available at Newcastle. In our kitchen and 'social area' we have a very old oven which takes a long time to heat up, and a couple of chairs in which we can sit round the table on, yet we have no sofa/area for us all to sit together as a flat? I also think its unfair that those in unrefurbished flats pay the same price as those who's is refurbished. I do not think this is fair at all as the standard of living is much much worse even though you have no control over which type of flat you are allocated. Also, one of the showers in our flat has mould around the edge of the shower, making it feel unclean and dirty. One positive of St Marys is the free bus service to uni which takes just under 10 minutes even in 8:30am traffic. I would personally not recommend st Marys to anyone, however I myself did not actually apply to St Marys as one of my 10 choices, I just got allocated it by the uni.
St Mary's college is too far out of the city. The kitchen is nice despite the distinct lack of curtains, however nothing is done to encourage any form of social life at St Mary's college. The cleaners are nice but have the loudest conversations you've ever heard in your entire life, which is never ok when it's before 10am, aka every week.
Some might complain about the location as it's out in Fenham but it's only a 5-10 minute bus ride from the city centre and a 30 minute walk. It's definitely great value for money - cheaper than some closer halls that are much more basic. St Mary's also has a great social atmosphere.
Cheap, in both price and in feel it has to be said. If you want luxury accommodation this isn't the place for you, and you'll have to spend an awful lot more to get it. Refurbishment an ongoing process, but fairly comfortable and decent enough facilities. Distance from University potentially a problem if you're a heavy sleeper and likes a lie in, if not it will redefine the term "time management". Would happily recommend to a friend.