I really liked Hawthorns purely because I'm a social person, I like loud music and was always up for anything my flat mates were doing, be that a huge group FIFA session, or lobbing a rugby ball around the corridor, so the social aspect was amazing. The place itself looks like Chernobyl on meth and having one kitchen and two bathrooms between 30 something people was a real pain, especially if both toilets are occupied and you can feel last night's curly fries making a re-appearance. The cleaners did their jobs well enough but were awfully loud, un-necessarily yelling to one another about the block on the only day of the week you have a lie in. The people I lived with were great and were always up for a laugh. Just don't expect an early night because you won't get one. Lastly the only other qualm I have about Hawthorns is the location. Being a 20 minute walk from campus is a real killer. Overall I liked the place, but it was way too expensive for what you got.
Good halls with a sink in the room. Decent size with desk and chair, bed, bedside table, and shelves, wardrobe, and cupboards.
The newly renovated kitchen space is a good social area and makes up for the small and dark halls common rooms. It contains 3 ovens and hobs, one sink, 5 fridge/freezers and a dining area. There are 2 bathrooms (one male and one female) each containing 2 toilets, one shower and one bath.
Individual rooms are cleaned every 2 weeks; kitchen, bathroom/toilets and corridors at least once a week.
A 15 minute walk from the centre of campus means the halls offer an air of independence while still being close enough to campus. Buses also stop outside the halls and travel through campus every 10 minutes. The surroundings are pleasant and green, with a newsagents style shop, a good food hall, bar, and laundrette on the halls site. Car parking and secure bike parking are available.
You can get a much nicer room in newcastle for half the price; it's 20mins away from the main campus, which can be annoying sometimes but it's really green and beautiful, there is no management or common room.
Well, I was in one of the bigger blocks in my first year (F block to be exact), which I wouldn't have minded too much if it hadn't been a kitchen share between 36 people, which I wish I'd had some form of warning about (I knew the extent of people, just not that there was only one kitchen). Sufficed to say the kitchen was a constant mess. I didn't feel comfortable going into it, especially if there was someone else in there. So if I did go in the kitchen it was usually at 4am where I could just suffer the mess on my own, and didn't want to complain about it. Also having one shower and one bath between the two floors of girls (half the block was girls, the other half boys), when no one really used the bath could be tricky at times, and it was just way too many people in my opinion... Don't get me wrong I never had an issue with anyone, but it was a lot of people, crowded and loud, and near impossible to sleep if the others were going out that night and I wasn't.