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Even though I'm British I get told I'm a "foreigner" in this hall. No point talking to the management or tutors as they do sweet FA. And don't even think about socializing after 10pm as security will be called and you will be told to calm down or given an asbo.
As a postgraduate student, we are treated like naughty teenagers if you don't follow every rule precisely e.g. You have a day to take out the bins but most of the time the bin isn't full but you get called out publicly for missing it. Additionally you're told off for being sociable - any talking after 10:30 and you could have tutors or security called on you. The management favour the international students. The cleaners also leave passive aggressive notes if things are left on the side in the kitchen but there isn't enough space to fit your stuff. There isn't equal fridge space and the kitchens are tiny but are suppose to hold 14 people! The wifi is also shockingly bad and any repairs take far too long to sort out. A positive is the location and as it's safe, unless someone lets in a nonresident in which people seem to do. So you can have a stranger wandering around! Think every floor should have a pass key to get through.
BAD HALL MANAGEMENT - they do not take students views or welfare seriously, the only care about money. There is clear favouritism towards certain groups of students. A floor is all male, B floor is mixed (this year only one out of 4 flats) and C floor all female so chances are you will be put in a flat of the same gender. Not many chances for socialising - Melton do not encourage integration between flats which is very disappointing.
Melton hall is a nice hall, it very quite and out of the way, not a place for someone who likes a busy lively environment. The cleaning staff and management is not good, they are far too strict (feel like I am being treated like a naughty teenager) at 11pm we get chucked out of the communal areas and have been sent to my room many times when i was chating with a flatmate in the kitchen. The management is patronising and don't take complants seriously and have been almost laughed away and told I have been lyeing many times. THey spilt the fridge and freszer space by rooms, which in theory is a good idea but the draw and self spaces arent't equal, so you mayend up with a tiny amount of space and someone else will end up with loads. The hall is also gender split by floor so the bottom floor is male, middle is mixed and top is all female. Which they dn't tell you before you get here.
Far more expensive than living in rented housing. Location probably very useful for students with demanding courses based on the Jubilee campus (e.g MBAs.) However, the amount of rules, presence of hall tutors etc. may be frustrating for older post grads. I found there to be less privacy and more intrusion than my undergrad experience in halls (at Manchester Uni). This was unexpected, especially as some of my flatmates were returning to education from careers.