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I went for Bateson because I was moving a few hours from home and my parent couldn't afford to support me financially. It certainly feels cheap. The rooms were small and ridiculously damaged when I moved it. The window was broken, the carpet and chair stained, the corner had mold in which was later blamed on me and the pin board wasnt attached in one corner. Later in the year I pulled my wardrobe out because something fell behind. Behind it was a lot dust and receipts dating back atleast 3 years before I moved in, it was obvious then that it hadn't been properly cleaned before moving in. My flat mates were awful too. Same sex with 4 other girls meant b******* all year. They put me with four girls who spoke barely any English and took drastically different courses to me. Conversation was difficult and the common room was locked after 12 so it was insanely difficult to make any friends in the building. Actually took them seven months to fix my ethernet port.
Went for this halls as it was the cheapest and didn’t look that bad. Rooms are tiny (don’t be fooled by the photos) but enough space to live in, although the beds are ridiculously small. Kitchen is quite nice... but be prepared to share it with mice. There have been numerous occasions when I have walked into the kitchen to see mice on the counter tops or floor. Sharing with only 4 other flat mates is okay but I found it harder to make friends, especially as they are all single sex flats. I would recommend paying a little bit more for a nicer time as a first year as a lot of people in Bateson Hall aren’t really social... However, you can make it better by joining group chats before arriving and going to the common room to socialise Overall, I have not really enjoyed my time at Bateson and can’t wait to move out, so do yourself a favour and pick Trafalgar lol
When i moved in,there was a stain on the carpet,which i was ok with,but there were other things i didn't like.The window didn't seem to be properly sealed since noise from outdoors can be heard clearly.(Thats not ok,especially in the evening,when it becomes noisy!)I also felt very cold,but when i went to the reception they told me that they usually turn on the heating in the beginning of october,so i couldn't do anything except to cope with it by buying myself an electric blanket.For some reason,the sanitary waste wasn't thrown out either,so me and my flat mates had to deal with it.Another thing is that the building where my lectures were held wasn't very close either - about 15mins away.Last,but not least,fire alarms are being triggered very often,without any real fire emergency for now,sometimes very early like 5.40am in the morning,so i feel very uncomfortable and i still can't say i feel like home here.
When i arrived there was gum at my window, carpet smelled awfully and it has lots of stains. After only one week here I saw rats, and the hoven is broken and we cant cook.. I wish i had paid more and got somewhere decent to live. Just because its cheap doesnt mean it needs to unsanitary.
Bateson was the cheapest halls and initially looks a bit scary and prison cell-like when you first move in and your parents might feel bad about leaving you there. But living there was the best year of uni by far. Very close to lectures/nightlife. Easy to get out of paying fines when things get damaged. Staff friendly. Great wifi. Amazing chance to meet friends
For a cheap halls, bateson was great!! Although the place looks a bit old and worn, its all you need. Sharing a bathroom isnt that much of a big deal. Soft stalls and a sofa would have made the place more desirable though.