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Students today, eh! Loved my room in MBlock in the early 80s and stayed for all 3 years. Everyone crammed into my room - I had one of the few TVs - or we'd go to the Union or Thorns (never off campus). Kitchen is fine for bacon sarnies and don't remember bathrooms (or lack of) being an issue. So much better than the yukky and lonely bedsit in Cardiff I had doing my PGCE. Great memories of Keele days and nights! Can't comment on value for money etc
The students I live with are lovely but that is no thanks to Keele, At Horwood I've had expensive toiletries stolen by cleaning staff (when they bother to show up) and when another member of staff came to 'investigate' the items magically showed up in a place that I had checked countless times over the space of 3 hours. Very suspicious, would recommend searching for nearby Accomodation rather than university run halls as I now cannot trust any of the staff and have personal padlocks on everything.
I have only just moved in here but it is surprisingly good for the money you pay. There's 4 flats to a block with 6 people in each (24 people total) so plenty of different people for you to make friends with. The bedrooms are a good size with lots of storage space and nice, comfy beds, the breeze block walls do make it feel at little prison like but nothing you can't soften up with decorations. The kitchens are big, but with one cooker between 6 and minimal kitchen space it gets a little difficult, and the table space isn't ideal as we only had 4 chairs, but it does help you learn how to live with people. The bathrooms are huge with 2 toilets, 2 sinks, a shower, and a bath, and I didn't mind sharing as it was another way to make friends (weird I know!). Any problems that we did have (so far a broken chair, broken light covering, broken hob ring, and dirty kettle) were resolved soon after we reported them which is always reassuring. The cleaners are lovely too!
Legend had it that Horwood was like soviet Russia, but upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised, especially when I found out my block was the only one that didn't look like soviet Russia as it had been renovated. Positives to a new fresh block were exactly that it was new and shiny and mould free, however the downside was that you would get charged for every accidental dent in the wall, or for breaking the stove by jumping on it. (N.B you'll get charged anywhere for that don't do it) Although you don't have the luxury of an en suit like certain other halls, you do get the benefit of not being branded as a posh ****. It is also literally a stones throw away from the SU, fantastic for nights out, not so fantastic if you're trying to revise or sleep and there's a big night at the SU, or every Tuesday when the goth brigade go mental at KRAP which is held in Horwood bar. Speaking of Horwood bar, it's terrible but the KPA is also in Horwood, and that's pretty good. Miss you Horwood.
The location is great and the rooms are cleaned once a fortnight. The common room is old and small and there isn't one for each block, 750 students are expected to lounge in a small building near the bar. In my block there were 7 people to a tiny kitchen with two stools in it so there really wasn't enough room, but there was no problem with the sharing of two showers and one toilet even though we were all girls.
Great value for money, you get what you pay for, the room sizes are huge considering they are one of the cheapest options on campus. Cleaners tidy bedrooms every 2 weeks, kitchens and bathrooms weekly. Would I return? Yes.