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I honestly think your experience of halls will be down to the other students, which you'll most likely find your crowd if you put yourself out there enough. The transport from halls to town was great, only cost £1 and was a 10 to 15 min bus. The bus to campus is super frustrating as it only comes every 40/50 mins, which for me going to Marston Campus it meant I'd be there either early or late for my 9am but its the same for Paul Kent and any other halls along the u5 bus route. I agree with the management comments, I never saw the warden who kept sending us multiple emails, and when I had a rough time I was told the wardens would check on me regularly and that didn't happen. There isn't much of a social space but my group of friends just made do in our rooms and outside when it was sunny. I think this is a great value for money, as all you really need to do is chill, eat and sleep there which all about how you make of it, so you'll be fine.
Cheapest Hall for OBU students. Room and kitchen furniture is rather old, but everything is in good condition. Cleaning staff is very nice and they are doing a great job supporting students keeping the halls clean (in my flat we did most of the cleaning ourselves and breadcrumbs/spots on the cooker/unwashed dishes were rather uncommon). Fire alarms (not just drills) are a common, often at night. Wardens are nice and by far better organized and helpful than the management. The Manager is unorganized and not really fit for the position, as problems within flats are not listened to and even hygenic issues cauaed by students are not taken seriously. But apparently management is about to change for the comming year, which hopefully changes this. The Wifi works perfectly, by far better than within the University. The location is quiet with buses to Uni every 30 and to the city center every 10 min. Sufficient laundry machines. Overall good value for money in quiet location.
The halls itself were an absolute joke. We had random strangers coming into our flat and despite us reporting it to management nothing was ever done. There was a huge bloody fight outside our halls, in which security never did anything?! We had a drug dealer staying in our halls, and he constantly brought round underage girls to the flat. He also would bring round men of about 40-50 yrs old, and as a group of 19yr old girls this was horrible. Nothing was ever done about this but as soon as we made noise after 10 we would get hugely told off?! Even fined?! I would tell everyone to never go to these halls, they’re a joke and need to sort out their management and false portrayal of power. If you want a true Halls experience go anywhere but here.
This is such as joke, everyone is actually slagging off crescent hall. It has been said and in my own experience crescent hall is the best hall and best for the price. The wardens are very nice and helpful, especially when you are in trouble like when I cut my finger. The cleaners are Wonderfull as well, our kitchen is always clean and high standard. The social life here is very good, but it all depend who you have in your flat or block, of how much of a party or social animals they are, which depends on you as well, of how comfortably social you are to make new friends from other blocks, coming out from your shell, if you don't then you can't blame there is 'no' social place, if you really want to go and meet people go to block parties that's open to everyone to go to. Shops like Aldi is 12 to 15 minutes walk, or you can take the brooks bus then 5 mins walk to Aldi. Temple Shopping centre, which includes shops like wilko, Iceland, b and m, is like 12 minutes walk from crescent.
Great hall, staff are lovely. Ignore comments of those who slag it off, they are the ones who just want to party all the time while everyone else is sleeping or trying to work. Probably got told off by staff because of noise they were making at stupid hours!
Avoid this place,unless you want problems with the wardens, also as their is no common room it is a lot harder to meet people here,espically if you are a January Starter as everyone in your block will probably know each other,the place is like a graveyard,it is like this because the wardens have it in for students and want to profit from finding reasons to fine them.Go to a hall with a common room to have a better experience
Decent halls, got a top floor flat so nice rooms with lots of character. Management are okay, wardens walk in and out of your flat whenever they please for no reason, privacy infringement alot of the time. Other people got mould in their rooms, shower broke, everything is covered in limescale. Socially I got a horrendous flat of weird people and this was made worse by there being no common room or space to hang out with others. Overall okay halls, if you don't mind sorting half of the problems yourself.
Honestly best experience I have ever had it was a strong (9.4/10), our whole block was like a family and I was like the baby of the crib being spoilt and being looked after by the best of the best flat mates . Swaggiest security, adorable corner shop man and suavest hairdresser 1 minute away (Big up Mark Dancer Hairdressing). My stomach was a bit queazy before I joined crescent hall as there were some bad reviews but when I joined you realise those people were absolute scissys, it so much fun compared to other halls and for what your paying for its pretty damn good! Showers are super fresh, spoilt with cleaners every week (which a lot of unis dont have), Sainsburys 8 and half minute walk away (Tesco/Lidl pretty close too) and for nights out theres the free bus! Only bad thing was that they were occasionally strict about our tunes for pre drinks and the management were sometimes unnecessarily rude for no reason, you know who you are..but manz not snitching. Bless up Crescent Hall
We were stuck with a flat that had old sofas and barstools compared to others which were brand new. 1 full sized fridge freezer and a mini fridge, all for 7 people, is nowhere near enough space. however cupboard spaces are good. Rooms are comfortable and en suites are useful. Reception staff are very friendly.
Halls manager seems to have it in for the students so just watch out. Otherwise best experience, so sociable, people are so nice, really feel like you're part of a family living here. The doorbells make it so easy to visit other flats if you don't really like your own. Only thing is you have to get the bus pretty much everywhere, as everything is that little bit too far to walk, but you get a free bus pass so it's really not that bad. Thought the actual halls were going to be really small and gross, but was actually fine, exactly how you'd expect student accommodation to be like. Sharing bathroom and shower has never been a problem for me, never had a shower clash, and get cleaned weekly by the cleaners so you don't even have to clean them yourself. Overall love this place and will be sad to leave!
Crescent hall is the cheapest hall for Oxford Brookes. You get what you pay for, I guess. The rooms are tiny, and there is no common room. The wardens can be really annoying at times. I think it went ok for me in the end, because I ended up with a bunch of nice people. But the halls are sh*t, not gonna lie.
A pretty bad place to be a fresher, miles from the other halls and main campus where social/sport activates take place. This means that most people don't make the effort to take part in sports or societies as its too much 'effort'. There wasn't much sense of community in this complex much smaller than any of the other halls. Rooms are also much smaller than other halls Oxford Brookes has to offer, the Kitchens however are a good size. There is no social space, apart from kitchens in the complex.
What can I say... Something broke literally every week, the showers were freezing 80% of the time, everything was mouldy and we had a psycho cleaner. And I'm definitely not a snob, it's just shocking that these were the cheapest halls and still quite expensive considering the state they were in! But the people were great, lots of good nights out
Crescent halls, although thought of as cheap and out the way, are actually in my opinion the best halls. Due to the halls being smaller than others people are much more friendly than in other halls I have found and people tend to make larger groups of friends at Crescent. The halls, although cheap, are really nice and homely and you get a lot for your money, with a large kitchen and table for socialising. The bedrooms are a good size and easy to make your own. I couldn't recommend Crescent more!