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I had a catered, washbasin room, the majority of the rooms at castle leazes are the same as mine. Great for meeting people as have large floor numbers, however this creates the problem of a crowded and messy kitchen at weekends, to be fair cleaners are in every Wednesday to resolve this. The kitchen on our floor was the only social space and was way too small!
These halls are known in Newcastle as the social party hall. There are parties constantly, mostly with bad music. Now, I'm not a party pooper, but if you value your sleep and personal space I do not recommend castle leazes at all. I was in a flat of 20 boys with 1 oven and 3 toilets, which is not ideal. The actual buildings are old and decrepit. The walls are very thin, there are holes, the heating is either on or off, and can get quite cold in the night. The food is actually quite good and the staff are great so I have no complaints there. However, when it's 3am on a Wednesday night, and a party is going on one floor down, it's annoying, but fine. When it's 3am and drunk flatmates come in making a racket, after a night of the lift making noises, and then said flatmates bang on everyone's doors and try and break in, it starts to get tedious, especially since the walls are so thin. Alcohol and drunk taking is prevalent throughout the halls, which is not everyone's cup of tea.
I was lucky enough to get an ensuite, self catered room in the renovated section (dunstan). Although this area is nice with plents of communal space and a big kitchen, frequently the hobs stop working which is maddening. Also, it is considerably expensive considering we only get double beds and have to pay for all washing/drying. Receptionists are generally very helpful and kind, although it is annoying post can only be collected at certain times and not at all on the weekends. The security are fairly rude and I consistently feel like they are trying to take as much money off us as possible- a lost key/late lock out is £25, even if your door locks itself with no fault of your own. The Wi-fi is good, although it does sometimes disconnect without realising. Despite the faults (apart from the ridiculous part about being charged so much for everything), the social experience is amazing and I’m friends with the majority of the block. You will certainly make friends for life here.
Very lively halls (there's always at least one group of people going out every night of the week). However the bit that I lived in first year didn't actually have a living/communal area so was a bit of a pain as we couldn't have friend's over or we would just have to sit in each other's rooms. Other than that it was great.
Due to being catered during the week we had no freezer. Also had no common area so we had to sit in the corridors, but we paid the same amount as people who did. Social life was very good because there are so many people. Shared 3 toilets between 17 and then were often broken.
Nice food for catered students, a lot of good facilities, such as a computer cluster, tv room, bar and shop. However, they seem to find excuses to charge students unfair prices for small things, such as £25 just for getting locked out of your room. Staff are very lazy as they don't even work weekends, they're replaced by unhelpful and resentful security guards. Crawling with rahs but at the same time you can find people who don't like rahs either!
Good halls overall. Terrible bathrooms but a good social area. Beware, the reception staff are unpleasant and you get a keycard (only one) & if you loose/forget it you have to pay to get let back into your room. Yep, if you forget it and you're on your way back from the shower you have to go to reception in your towel, where the staff will make you wait 20mins out of spite.
lots of rahs, apparantly 70% of people here went to private school. Obviously have nothing against that but when coupled with ridiculously posh boarding school accents, signet rings, and other joke fashions, it can be a bit much! You'll get stares for wearing a short skirt and heels on a night on (God forbid). There's always people around so you'll definitely make friends here! The self catered flats a nice, great for pres/parties. There's loads of fridge/freezer space and two cookers. Plus the staff are fab!