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Cleaners took our Christmas decorations for no reason whatsoever. Had to call the head of fire safety to get them back...a week before we went home for Christmas anyway. Cleaners hardly even clean anything and Barnes common room and bar is embarrassing. Having said that I adore my flatmates, the kitchen is big and I love my room. Just the staff really.
Kitchen area is not very homely, no comfortable seating to socialise. Therefore it is hard to make friends with the people I am with because everyone stays in their rooms. If there was a living area it would be easier.
I would not advise anyone to stay at Barnes hall, although the rooms are spacious and the area is close, the noise of the pipes is horrendous. The banging is so loud you can't sleep you are tired for lectures everyday. The banging starts at 7 o'clock in the morning onwards so lie ins are impossible! Awful when trying to do work! The banging is louder when radiators are on so I keep mine off which means it's freezing !!!! the curtains are also ugly. However the layout is nice and it is very close to the student union which is very useful ! It's a shame general maintenance lets Barnes hall down! Wifi is good, and the shower is AMAZING
I was in a shared flat in Barnes. It was a super good hall, close to everything, it would take about 5 minutes to walk to lectures in Chancellors. I always felt safe when walking home and once i got into my building. The bins are emptied regularly and rooms are cleaned every two weeks. In my opinion it's the best halls on campus simply because it's the only one that provides a table and seating in the kitchen to sit and eat and socialise at.
Barnes was a breath of fresh air after I'd stayed in Hawthornes. One I was in a flat sharing with three other girls, who were all lovely, and the kitchen stayed pretty clean most of the time. And the cleaners were absoloutly lovely. Also the Barnes Bar was a good place to go, and was usually used for socials that my society was in, which was a really nice experience, to not have to do a twenty minute walk to get to the social like I had to with Hawthornes
Lived in the traditional blocks A-F during first year. Perfect location 60 seconds from chancellors, 2 mins to SU perfect after a night out! This was the main good point about Barnes. The other is that it was cheap so plenty of money for other more important stuff. Main bad point would have to be the kitchen, tiny shared between 15 and no table. Only 2 fridge-freezers so major lack of space. Gets quite dirty and there are no supplies (brush/mop) left by cleaners incase of any spillages so you have to wait until they clean twice a week. Was with lots of international students so didn't really form many close friendships in my hall. Didn't really use social spaces. But the proximity was excellent and it was cheap enough to allow me to do others things (go out etc) that I wouldn't have been able to do in other halls.
Had numerous issues with ants/other bugs but that could just be the weather whatever. Accommodation was extremely basic. Beds awfully uncomfortable. And paring of students not good! I was a student nurse living with student midwive.. So we were on placement different times.. There for clashes with noise when I was on placement and she went out, same for me! Hated the overall experience of living there and had to leave.
Living in Barnes W block is fantastic, it takes minutes to be in the centre of campus. Fantastic facilities in my en-suit room. Although you only really make friends with the 5 other people in your flat. The best place to make as many friends as you can would be the shared bathroom accommodation of Lindsay where you're never short of seeing someone. Cleaners are great and most do a great job.