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All staff are helpful. Recently I got locked out my flat on the Sunday and Cam let me back into my flat and helped me with an issue to do with my keycard and was overall really nice and helpful

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By member577854
On 9th February 23
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Greetham Street #7
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All staff are helpful. Recently I got locked out my flat on the Sunday and Cam let me back into my flat and helped me with an issue to do with my keycard and was overall really nice and helpful

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Some of the floors in the roomhave wood and some of the rooms have carpet and the chair in the picture, which blocks have the wood floor ?
By member1191207 On 16th September 23
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Can I bring an air fryer?
By member890819 On 6th September 23
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Hi would you please assist me to check in earlier, my son will arrive on the 9th September 2023.
By member890712 On 3rd September 23
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1. Do the rooms come with wardrobes? 2. Are there still issues with the ceilings leaking? 3. Would I be able to change the shower fixture to a hand held one?
By member1390664 On 1st September 23
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Are there in any long body mirrors in the rooms ?
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Student Review: 1.4 /5
By member1187289 On 7th June 23 verified Verified student

AVOID! 1. the building is right next to the clubs and I could not fall sleep because of the noise that continues till 2 am. 2. the building is falling apart, in my flat the ceiling was leaking for 10 months, every time it was raining the corridor had a massive puddle and they told us they are not able to fix it because it need ''special assistance'' 3. all drying machines have rust, once they ruined 9 pieces of my clothes and the reception team said they cant do anything about it because the dryers and washers are not their problem 4. my door was locking me out for 6 months, i requested so many times to get fixed, but they never fixed it properly, I ended up leaving my door open for 2 months 5. rude staff 6. silverfish and bugs everywhere 7. kitchen shelves broke down first week 8. the lift breaks down every two weeks and they don't fix it for 2-3 days 9. no people on the reception after 9pm 10. no security, everyone can come in 11. people smoke weed in the gardens and so on

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member482782 On 30th March 23 verified Verified student

Josh is a very cool receptionist and is always smiling and willing to help with anything you need.

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 31st March 23
Student Review: 5 /5
By member577854 On 9th February 23 verified Verified student

All staff are helpful. Recently I got locked out my flat on the Sunday and Cam let me back into my flat and helped me with an issue to do with my keycard and was overall really nice and helpful

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 10th February 23
Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member572079 On 3rd October 22 verified Verified student

Just wanted to say thanks to Luke and Hannah in the reception so helpful and nice.

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 5 /5
By member1072078 On 3rd October 22 verified Verified student

Its very good! People are nice. Rooms are great.

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 2.9 /5
By member972077 On 3rd October 22 verified Verified student

As I am in block D, everything is broken and old and it is still the same price as the refurbished and new blocks. It shouldn’t be the same price and they could have done a few things to make sure D block is acceptable

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member1072071 On 3rd October 22 verified Verified student

The location of the building is so convenient! Shops are just around the corner, nightclubs and pubs are mere seconds away from the door, and all university/study buildings are only a short walk away. The chimes from the guildhall clock are beautiful, and being on the 8th floor comes with a gorgeous view of the city. All staff go out of their way to make you feel welcomed and at home, they are always super helpful and friendly, particularly Hannah at the reception desk. The kitchen is brand new, clean and really modern, me and my flatmates love to hang out there. All in all, Rosalind Franklin is a great accommodation to be in!

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 3.7 /5
By member872044 On 1st October 22 verified Verified student

Easy check in and very nice staff. Could be cleaner but still nice.

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 1st October 22
Student Review: 4.9 /5
By member472039 On 1st October 22 verified Verified student

Lovely staff and great interaction with those that live there!!

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 1st October 22
Student Review: 3.9 /5
By member872035 On 1st October 22 verified Verified student

It's very welcoming and nice place for you to have privacy and be socialable

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 1st October 22
Student Review: 4 /5
By member772033 On 1st October 22 verified Verified student

I like the magic mirror thwive got here

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 2nd October 22
Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member671998 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

It was easy to settle in, everyone was helpful especially Hannah and Danny at reception & the location is very convenient for getting to different buildings.

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member771997 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

It has been a pleasant experience moving in everyone but especially Hannah and Dani were very helpful with my enquiries and ensuring I felt safe

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 5 /5
By member971955 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Sue the house keeper is amazing she is always polite and and always ensures she has a smile on her face Hannah and Jake from reception are very helpful and are always there for any needs and enquiries that we have. A realy good team here at Rosalind Franklin

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 5 /5
By member471948 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Lovely receptionists and help out with anything, especially Jake, Hannah and Sue!

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.9 /5
By member671947 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Great value for money and is everyone is very helpful, especially jack, Hannah and Sue

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 5 /5
By Isabelle Carmichael On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Love staying in these halls, staff are amazing especially Jake, Hannah and Sue!!

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 5 /5
By member571944 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Very kind a helpful receptionists. So super nice love Jake Sue and Hannah.❤️❤️❤️

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member1071942 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

The first 2 weeks have been great

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 2nd October 22
Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member1171940 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Jake and Hannah at reception were really friendly towards me making me feel more welcome.

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 3.9 /5
By member1271934 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Accommodating and friendly for me

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.7 /5
By member1271933 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

The best halls location in portsmouth

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 5 /5
By member571932 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Nice, clean, the most amazing localisation ever

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 5 /5
By member671931 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Jake, Hannah and Sue were very welcoming

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 5 /5
By member571926 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Robin is the best person ever. Give him a raise

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member871925 On 30th September 22 verified Verified student

Robin H is super friendly and helpful. Deals promptly with issues and makes me feel welcome.

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member771922 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

Very friendly reception team specifically Jake Hannah and Jo. Reliable and great location

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member971917 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

Good team at the reception :) Hannah Sue and Johannah

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member571915 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

A really nice accommodation in the centre of Portsmouth. Near most of the lecture halls and the clubs so perfect for first years

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member471914 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

Hannah and Jo and very helpful. Jo is very smiley and welcoming and Hannah helped fix my door. Both always say Hi when I walk in. Two very friendly and welcoming people :)

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 4th October 22
Student Review: 4.7 /5
By member971912 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

Great , I love living here especially Hannah

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 1st October 22
Student Review: 5 /5
By member1371910 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

Really good and helpful staff, Jake and Hannah were very helpful as well. Made me feel so at home

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 1st October 22
Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member771905 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

The location is perfect and the kitchen is really good but the rooms could be cleaner

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 1st October 22
Student Review: 3.7 /5
By member771900 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

Staff at Rosalind Franklin are very welcoming and friendly. Especially Hannah and Jack,they have helped me on multiple occasions when I had problems. The Cleaning staff also very friendly and keep the place clean all the time. The location is excellent, it is perfect getting to university buildings within 10 minutes. The university library and sports centre are on 5 minutes walk from Rosalind Franklin. As well as Surrounded by multiple shops and cafes, which is a nice way of spending time with friends. Overall very nice accommodation would recommend staying here!

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 1st October 22
Student Review: 4.7 /5
By member771896 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

Comfortable flat rooms and good size kitchen, good security too

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 1st October 22
Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member671895 On 29th September 22 verified Verified student

a lovely accomodation within the heart of portsmouth, great internet speed and social opportunities

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 1st October 22
Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member971600 On 16th September 22 verified Verified student

The entire team is incredibly patient and helpful, especially Tom :)

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 18th September 22
Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member866100 On 8th February 22 verified Verified student

Good, I enjoy living in these halls and I have no complaints apart from more social spaces

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Reply from Rosalind Franklin Halls On 8th August 22
Student Review: 2.1 /5
By member760964 On 15th July 21 verified Verified student

Based on my time here I cannot recommend living at any unite property. During my time here the staff were so non understanding of any of my issues and almost made me homeless while applying for an extention on top of losing some of my parcels. I would not live here and would tell anyone whos thinking about living here to apply for an accomodation which isn’t run by unite students.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member1250153 On 30th July 20 verified Verified student

This was an amazing accommodation location wise. Very close to most university buildings. However there isn’t much communal space so meeting new people was a little difficult. You’d have to get invited to flat parties in order to interact with more people than just your flat

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Student Review: 4.9 /5
By member1350152 On 30th July 20 verified Verified student

Best place to live in Portsmouth

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Student Review: 3.7 /5
By member550083 On 27th July 20 verified Verified student

Upon moving in and seeing the grey walls and paint- stained carpet, I struggled to accept that I would spend the next year in this prison. I did not have to worry however, as as soon as I unpacked and made my room my own with some home comforts, I absolutely loved it and was so sad to move out at the end or the year. I had the best flatmates and owe this halls for introducing me to the best friends I have at university and whom I know I will continue to be friends with way beyond graduation. It was so lovely to live in a flat with people of the same age, and our whole floor got along which made the social experience amazing! Although not one for nights out, I can’t ignore the brilliant location of this halls and enjoyed being a short walk away from town. I also loved being able to roll out of bed and get to a lecture within 10 minutes! There was a major incident involving an ex flatmate but the reception staff as well as security Were Excellent in dealing with her and keeping us safe

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member450079 On 27th July 20 verified Verified student

Best halls socially but not modern like many of the others.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member9909319 On 16th May 20 verified Verified student

a ver para los españoles que no sepáis dónde leches alojaros, os recomiendo esta resi. La calidad no es la mejor, pa qué mentirnos, pero es de las más baratas y encima os pilla cerca de todo (los edificios de la uni, las discotecas y los supermercados). La cocina es super grande o sea yo me la esperaba mucho más pequeña. encima tiene muchisimos armarios y si tenéis suerte os puede tocar una cocina con 4 frigos como a mi. la cama es de 90, asi q alome algunos estáis acostumbrados al tamaño. El baño es pequeñico, buah y encima la ducha no tiene cortina ??? sigo sin entenderlo. Lo bueno es q en le wilko o en el tesco venden cortinas de ducha asi q ntr. Vais a amar la ciudad y espero que os toquen compañeros tan geniales como los mios. Vais a ir con mucha ilusión y no os importará mucho si las instalaciones podrían ser mejor o peor (tb os digo q arreglan las cosas bastante rapido) asi q id a x la resi q os salga más rentable.

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member9909319 On 16th May 20 verified Verified student

I read awful reviews of the Rosalind Franklin, but I have to say that the halls are not that bad tho. Kitchen is really bigand spacious (amazing for pre drinks), the oven might be a little bit too old but it isn't a big deal. the rooms are alright with really big desks, and the closet is nice, the beds are single tho. The bathroom is quite small (the shower is tiny af). I'm not gonna lie to you, you will not care that much about your room or kitchen bcos you'll be partying all the time and having a great time. The best thing about this accommodation building is that it is right next to Astoria and Mr miyagi's (and Gida as well!!). Rosalind Franklin has the best location for everything tbh, it is near every university building and every pub (literally everyone goes to this accommodation for pres). You will complain about the quality of the bilding during your stay, but I can assure you you will miss everything about Rosalind franklin.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Leon On 27th February 20 verified Verified student

Very good reliable WiFi’ through entire building, easy access to university buildings and very close to the clubbing scene.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1146028 On 22nd February 20 verified Verified student

- large kitchen and rooms - good WiFi - staff are friendly and helpful - maintenance requests always dealt with properly and quickly - best location for a halls, right next to lecture buildings

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Student Review: 1.9 /5
By member945758 On 16th February 20 verified Verified student

I wouldn’t choose to stay here for my 1st year- the fact that they are increasing the rent for future new students this year is ridiculous. The negative list is endless- for a couple quid more a week you get way nicer rooms, functioning appliances, social areas and no bugs (e.g Catherine / greentham / trafalgar and others.

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member444810 On 15th January 20 verified Verified student

Love this accommodation. Before arriving I read many negative reviews but I’ve had nothing but a good time here. Out of all the accommodation the rooms are the most spacious, the kitchen is very big in all flats. It’s a very social accommodation and I definitely recommend as its central to everything.

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member1343174 On 5th November 19 verified Verified student

You don't need to upgrade your wifi it's a con... loved this halls so close to town

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Student Review: 4 /5
By alice_dunne99 On 1st November 19 verified Verified student

Great place to meet people. Can be very loud and a bit of a mess. However the cost compared to the other halls is so good for what you get.

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Student Review: 1.3 /5
By member1243017 On 30th October 19 verified Verified student

While I was in a really good location the price I payed for what I got is ridiculous. It was £131 per week for a hall with WiFi that constantly wasn’t working, Damp everywhere in my room, a walk in shower that leaked all over the floor, an oven that didn’t really work. I felt very alone living in this hall, absolutely no social activities to make sure everyone is included. It is awful.

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Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member1242874 On 22nd October 19 verified Verified student

All halls are great and it’s hard to review all these characteristics because most people are too busy having fun to care quite honestly.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By LottieMouls On 20th October 19 verified Verified student

Great budget halls but considering I was paying more when it was taken over by Unite, I would have expected more changes than just new chairs in bedrooms

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member1042826 On 20th October 19 verified Verified student

Loved it, social hub of the uni, everyone ended up knowing everyone it was great

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Student Review: 4.7 /5
By member442748 On 15th October 19 verified Verified student

Good halls but could be cheaper

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Student Review: 1.7 /5
By member1142731 On 14th October 19 verified Verified student

I am not sure where to start...I hate it to be honest with you. Cheaper and better accommodation - houseshares, other halls, private. The best part is the fact the bedroom is a good size. The courtyard is full of drunk people till like 4am most days, people smoke both cigarettes and...other things so your room and the first floor always stinks. Silverfish are my only friends here because my housemates are social and there's no common rooms other than the entrance room with a pool table. When I moved in my bathroom was gross and had to hoover and clean, strange marks on the walls and floor which was a bit disturbing. Maintenance don't really seem to be that great, we still have a broken sink and I know other people here with blocked bathroom pipes, gross smells and paint peeling off walls. I feel so sorry for the staff having to deal with the disrespectful students that destroy the hallways ceiling tiles, leave rubbish and food everywhere etc. Honestly do a houseshare xD

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member1242599 On 7th October 19 verified Verified student

Very nice and great location. One of the more affordable options too!

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Student Review: 2.7 /5
By member1242571 On 5th October 19 verified Verified student

It’s not up to the expectations. They still need to improve

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member542523 On 3rd October 19 verified Verified student

Good halss with a lot of good social spaces.

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Student Review: 3.9 /5
By member1142500 On 2nd October 19 verified Verified student

James Watson is a modern hall with decent kitchen sizes (sort of makes up for the crappy common room). Bedrooms are okay, not a bad size but desks could have been bigger. Everything seemed to break when I was there - maintenance were pretty good at fixing it quickly. I was never sure about the receptionist hours but I found that they were hardly ever there? This is also a security issue as it is very easy to get inside this place without a card.

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Student Review: 2.6 /5
By member742189 On 15th September 19 verified Verified student

If you like stuffy hot rooms with limited window access then this is the accommodation for you! On pictures the rooms and kitchen look decent but once you’ve moved in you’ll notice things falling apart very easily with walls coming off and water leaks in the kitchen. However, you’ll never be lonely as you have the silverfish to make friends with!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member1139130 On 8th June 19 verified Verified student

In serious need of a refurb. If you’ve booked in take a mattress because the ones on the beds are hard you can feel the springs and they are uncomfortable. The paint in my room was peeling off the walls take photos of all damage in room prior to unpacking so you have a record. Kitchens need replacing as draws were broken and all they did was screw it closed rather than replace. The cupboards were a bit loose. The hoover smelt horrible. Very little ventilation and room always too hot. Rooms are really small. Shower had mould in the silicon and to close the door you have to squeeze round the toilet. When I arrived it was obvious no maintenance had been done over the summer the flat door was hanging off. Kitchen needed some repairs and the lock on my door didn’t work. For £133 a week it’s a rip off. The government seriously needs to review student accommodation charges as it appears they can charge what they like as students have little choice.

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Student Review: 1.6 /5
By member938651 On 29th May 19 verified Verified student

Honestly save your money and go elsewhere. This place is the worst possible accommodation in Portsmouth. They have silverfish everywhere and the WiFi is s***. There is only one pool table and nothing else to socialise with. They always have issues with no water and something is always broken.

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By whoisthisperson On 14th May 19 verified Verified student

Great fast wifi (free, but fast fiber internet only costs about £14 a year). Very helpful, social and nice stuff (except a few who act very stuck-up as if you owe them something). There is only one small pool table space as the common room, although the pool is free and if noones playing its great to play with friends. The smoking area is nice, although i feel bad for the people who have windows directed to it. There's a lot of drunk students, some are stupid but most are funny, you will probably become very social living here if youre not already. The cleaning ladies are nice and they have to go through a lot of sh*t, so i respect them a lot. A lot of students grew up with no sense of respect towards neighbors and super bad hygiene. You will probably be mad about a neighbor never helping with cleaning the kitchen and throwing the bags. Theres also a chance you will end up on spottedpompey, the Pompey's equal of WSHH. The location is GREAT, everything close! Lower the price though...

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Student Review: 1.7 /5
By member1137515 On 29th April 19 verified Verified student

Terrible experiences! Main Door not working, couldn’t come into flat not even from the master key unite students staff own, room 5 days to solve the problem with hassle and arguments with the team! Night time staff and day time staff have no communication between each other when you report a problem in the night and go down the next day to reception to update you on the situation they have no clue what is going on terrible experience! DO NOT STAY HERE. Heating during the winter is bad and the room remains cold, heating switches on for 3 minutes and then switches off and decides that it’s enough done enough heating! Internet doesn’t work properly on all devices and,switches off! There are Shower floods, common room is not really a room but more of a pass through to get to all the flats only contains a pool table really not worth £133 per week. Not all building works outside are made aware, had builders lifts at the start of the academic year outside my window playing d&b music @7AM

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member537028 On 11th April 19 verified Verified student

This is such a great halls, definitely the best in my opinion. Great balance between quality and cost. Other halls can be very expensive, or a bit grim.

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Student Review: 3.3 /5
By member1035384 On 2nd January 19 verified Verified student

Don't listen to half of these reviews!! I remember reading some of the reviews on this website last year when applying for university halls and it put me off so much but do not be put off by them! Living in James Watson is SO much fun! The location is absolutely amazing, it's so close to the library, the majority of lecture buildings, the gym, Gunwharf and 5 minutes walk from the town centre. You don't need to get public transport anywhere because everything is so close! Most of the staff are really helpful, the only downside Is the lack and awful quality of laundry facilities but hey ho just take your washing back home to your parents lol! It is directly opposite one of the main nightclubs Astoria and is one of the most social halls! The facilities are a little outdated but the rooms and kitchens are massive, bigger than the newer halls such as Catherine house! Overall I have loved living in James Watson and would defo recommend it to anyone, especially due to the location.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member1334996 On 20th November 18 verified Verified student

Overall, this place is pretty terrible. The building is infested with silverfish. You can find them everywhere although you probably won't find one everyday. There is a terrible shortage of washers and dryers (8 washers for the whole building I think) and the laundry rooms and tiny and cramped. It's a very noisy place to live: at night time there is constant noise from shouting drunk people and you can hear the bass from the clubs, even with the windows closed. The "common room" is literally just a pool table by reception with a TV that normally plays bad music. Everything is very ugly and old: in my flat, there was cracks in the ceiling and the kitchen skirting board was ripped off, leaving black marks all over the place. The appliances are all old and there is very little space in the fridges and freezers for everyone. As for good points, The WiFi works fine most of the time and the halls are close to everything due to being in the city centre.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member634847 On 10th November 18 verified Verified student

James Watson has been a o k a y experience so far. We are on the 6th floor but our flat is infested with a ton of silverfish which is revolting. I've seen too many in our kitchen and a few in my bedroom. The appliances in James watson are quite outdated but the bedroom space is rather nice and I would in fact say it is the most social place to stay. The location is the best out of all of the other halls but if you get placed in a bad room you will not be able to get much sleep due to noise from clubs and other flats kitchens if they're situated right outside your bedroom window! The wifi is pretty good, it's fast but has sometimes turned off randomly at around midnight. The common room in James watson isn't really a common room - it's just a pool table lobbed with a few sofas situated right to the stairs. If you have a look at Greetham hall - their common room is really nice. The hall is okay price for money but I do wish I had looked at Greetham or private housing.

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Student Review: 2.6 /5
By member8392 On 6th March 18 verified Verified student

Outdated. Everything breaks and I mean EVERYTHING. Chairs, stools, cooker, kitchen taps... One time the cooker broke mid-meal and reception said it was "too late to fix" IT WAS 7PM. They couldn't help meaning 6 of us had to live off take aways until maintenance fixed it. THERE ARE BUGS EVERYWHERE. Silverfish overpopulate the building. So be prepared to find them running on your carpet, and if your clothes if you leave them on the floor. Never experienced these bugs before, but apparently they are 'normal'??? Not to forget the fire alarms across all 3 blocks because some drunk students have decided it will be funny to smash the alarms, or smoke in their rooms at 4 am. This can happen 3 times a week. And if you forget your keycard, you're not allowed back in by security, so good luck!! You cook and smell like you've been deep fried. And prepare to hear everything that goes on in rooms next to you, as they're paper thin. You will meet good friends though & all suffer together.

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Student Review: 1.9 /5
By member525550 On 2nd January 17 verified Verified student

the maintenance is the worst, they are not approachable and not friendly, and they certainly take ages to get things fixed, i mean months

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member1324495 On 30th October 16 verified Verified student

Absolutely waste of your money. There is no security, desk is open few hours a day and nothing works. Maintenance requests take ages to be reviewed. They don't fix anything and the cleaners are a joke. Met some amazing people living there but would never ever recommend unite to anyone.

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Student Review: 2.4 /5
By member1124080 On 24th September 16 verified Verified student

The stairs constantly stink of piss and all you hear all day and night is thug boys screaming on the courtyard outside. The staff speak no English and openly admit they dont know what to do half of the time. Several people have been locked out of their rooms for days on end because the batteries have died in the card readers on their doors and the staff say that they don't have time to come and fix it. If theres a block-wide maintenance issue, beware that the maintenance staff have the right to access your property with our without your presence or your consent, and yes they will simply open your door if you dont open it for them. They dont speak any English either so don't bother trying to reason with them. Nothing is ever going to get fixed. Ever. Dont even try it because the amount of times I've been told it will be done 'today' would make your head spin. The only communal space is the one pool table by the front door which Is also always dominated by thug boys.

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member721586 On 2nd April 16 verified Verified student

Although the rooms are a little small I think that there is a lot of space in the rooms. It's lovely having your own bathroom in your own room. The kitchen space is really nice and the seats provided are really comfy and it's nice and colourful with the green wall in the kitchen and the different colour seats! It's really close to every building it takes less than 10 minutes to walk to the furthest uni building from James Watson and is nice and close to the town center and gunwharf quays. Overall I've really enjoyed living in James Watson.

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Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member720904 On 22nd February 16 verified Verified student

1st floor stinks of weed constantly. Right in the centre of everything, everything of interest is no greater than a 8 minute walk away

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Student Review: 2.1 /5
By member520903 On 22nd February 16 verified Verified student

Overall James Watson is not worth your money. The lift breaks down constantly for one, so if your on the top floor it sucks. Students break the ceiling and after big nights its all over the floor along with takeaway boxes. The internet is appalling unless you connect to the ethernet cable. If someone is sick in the hallway its never cleaned properly. The sealant in a lot of the windows are broken and Ive had a problem with mould several times. Even after telling them im asthmatic it took them a month to clean it

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Student Review: 1.7 /5
By member915970 On 29th September 15 verified Verified student

Absolutely horrible place to live, I've requested a move to Trafalgar as their rooms are much bigger and much cleaner/ nicer. If you're unlucky enough to end up with a room like mine opening onto the courtyard you better be happy with the sound of people screaming and throwing up until about 3am... As well as the useless maintenance who try to blame you for everything. Not to mention how disgusting everything is, the stairs in A block smell of pee and the walls and carpets are all stained, the ovens are old and only just work and the plugs in the rooms are dodgy and if you try to use more than one plug or the Hoover it flicks the fuse switch. The WiFi is AWFUL in a block on the corners and they try to blame you for it and refuse to fix it. It's just a horrible prison like place which gets so so hot at night even with the window open. Which barely opens. Maybe 10cm?

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member615818 On 26th September 15 verified Verified student

Excellent location but takes forever to get anything fixed, and the fire alarms go off about twice a week!

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Student Review: 1.9 /5
By member915178 On 3rd September 15 verified Verified student

Really bad experience here. Incredibly noisy so impossible to get a good nights sleep. Internet crashed many times. Bad value for money.

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Student Review: 2.6 /5
By member1015177 On 3rd September 15 verified Verified student

Location is all this halls has to offer. I was lucky to live with some great people and we ended up with a big social group, but no common rooms, the place was a mess every morning the rooms were awful and the staff were miserable. WAAAAY too expensive

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member915110 On 28th August 15 verified Verified student

Perfect location, lots of fire alarms, expensive compared to other halls or student houses in Portsmouth.

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member715072 On 26th August 15 verified Verified student

Great, friendly staff and nice rooma although lifts kept breaking and the wifi was bad.

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Student Review: 3.3 /5
By Kamicham On 20th August 15 verified Verified student

James Watson was not fun to live in. It was always noisy and people would trash the place, break the lifts and destroy the roof tiles to the point where they banned us from having guests! The reception is literally never open so you have to either ring bateson or walk over there. Not that it's far but if you have opening times for a reception the it should be open in those times. However you get the student experience here, parties till they bam you from having flat parties and you can't bring anyone home so as they Id you at the door you can barely get WiFi anywhere but the kitchen. On the plus side the cleaners are an assure delight and if you get locked out and they're around they'll let you in for free. But if they aren't you face a £12 charge.

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Student Review: 2.3 /5
By member714783 On 17th August 15 verified Verified student

modern, gauche, well located. s******

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Student Review: 3.9 /5
By member1211636 On 28th July 15 verified Verified student

Great for location but you pay way too much considering the amount of things you find broken in the flat

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Student Review: 4.7 /5
By member1011354 On 18th July 15 verified Verified student

It's a very good Hall, the building is nice in an amazing heart of the city location. Sadly people that don't know how to look after themselves ruin the experience by breaking stuff in the building.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Thomas Rance On 17th July 15 verified Verified student

Very tidy and clean kept halls. Central location is perfect.

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By Merryclaremas On 17th July 15 verified Verified student

Bit loud but very central and close to university, large number of people and student support are amazing

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Student Review: 2 /5
By teeap0ts On 11th April 15 verified Verified student

rooms are an okay size, MAINTENANCE IS AWFUL NOTHING EVER WORKS AND THERE IS NO SENSE OF WELFARE FOR STUDENTS, if you lock yourself out you have to pay... Security is good that's about it. But if you're looking for constant partying this is the place to be! Never boring and can always here a couple parties on the go!

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