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Decent value for money for those with renovated rooms (which should all be done now) though for a short period one block was known as ‘the ghetto’... The location is unparalleled; 5 mins walk to the centre of campus, 2 mins to the bus stop straight to town, in a cluster of other halls and one of few to have a bar. The halls management team are lovely (porters, cleaners, reception, etc) though the warden and halls tutors are intolerable; many of the tutors (there supposedly for pastoral care) had huge authoritarian power trips making many of our social group feel uncomfortable. As a catered hall the food is what you’d expect (not great but edible) but dinner is always a sociable time. This is naturally a very sociable hall, and all of us thoroughly enjoyed living there.
Location is a great middle ground for pretty much everything except the tram route, which I can deffo live with. Repetitiveness of halls dinners for sure knocks it down a peg or two, but the absolute best porter/warden teams. Thanks so much for looking after us so well.
For my year, definitely the most sociable halls on campus, with a good social spaces and the food is okay as far as catered halls go (albeit the combinations of cuisines they put are often completely bizarre), with echo bar offering cheap pints, decent pitchers and okay food (although the food's a little pricey). Location is second to none. Easy trip to campus and right next to the bus stop outside Lenton hall with the 36 straight into town and back again, but also only 5 mins walk from the gym. Halls management and porters are charming and honestly do their best in running the hall in an efficient manner; however, Derby halls greatest downfall are the Halls Tutors, who are supposedly there for pastoral care. Their very presence makes any room uncomfortable, and many have a complete power trip and like to reassert their authority at every opportunity. The 11pm curfew is a bit of a joke for Univeristy halls, however we've made a habit of making the common room more sociable.
Food quality is appalling. Fairly good location for most places (ie. Trent and Portland Building, DRSV, libraries). Cleaning staff are really nice and the receptionists are fairly nice. Social space and the library are tiny given how many people live in Derby. One of the ugliest halls by far