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S parts of the university lodging is good, whilst other important parts are awful. Whilst socialising is much simpler to do with a large common room and the common task of sharing a meal with a group of friends in the cafeteria, the food served can be truly awful (we have been served raw chicken before, pink inside). I don’t think paying a lot for awful food and small rooms is very fair. The location is fantastic — it’s still close to the university and by the sea. The staff have been swapped and whilst the receptionists remain pleasant and the security team are very kind and respectful, the kitchen staff disappoint, apart from some “dinner ladies,” who are always beams of sunshine. The common rooms are lacking, with TVs always breaking, but new entertainment tables have been put in. The WiFi is just fine and you don’t need an ethernet cable unless you have a laptop. The social experience is why I live in this university lodging.
I'll be honest, felt like a prison, I hated the people as they were condescending. It reminded me of the bullies at school. If you're strong minded and tough as nails like me who can put up with such immature kids, you'll be able to brave through these halls for your year. Rooms were cramped, en-suite toilet and shower pods were tiny, first and second floor stank of weed. One advantage is that the fire alarms aren't as frequent as they are in self-catered halls, but there have been midnight fire alarms at 2-3am. The fire alarms in your rooms are ear-piercing. There is a multi-sensor alarm that detects smoke, heat and blockage of air supply. And don't even think about covering up your multi-sensor alarm. They can detect that the air supply has been cut off to the detector, and the hall porters come to your door and give you a fine. I hated Rees so much that I went home every weekend.
Bit of a s*** full of Incels, there's one common room and it's pretty dead. The food is ok but nothing special. The layout of the place is like a prison cell with small rooms and thin corridors so it's quite hard to meet people. Other than that though it wasn't that bad met some alright lads and had a decent experience. It's by the sea which was also a bonus.
I stayed at Rees Hall as a student and I have to say the experience was horrible. I urge anyone not to stay here. If your looking to meet new people and be social this accommodation is not for you. Most people stay in there rooms along there being barely any social events on. If there are they are a poor attempt at getting people together. Along with there being other issues such as the lifts breaking all the time. If you have halls filled with 250+ students and staff you should have both lifts operating at all times. However, in this case you'd be lucky if one is working. Food is average. For the amount of money your paying for it I would not suggest your getting your moneys worth. With the catering staff being petty having a go at you if you take an extra slice of dessert. Consider that a bit petty considering I'm paying for their salary. I would urge any potential students to avoid these halls because I assure you that your expectations will not be filled. Flat would ideal
The hall management looks down on students and are not very friendly. The staff of the dining room is quite friendly, especially the ladies who always try to make sure that the hungry students get what they need. The quality of the food is not that great, especially the vegetables. They have a lot of desserts, over 7 choices of donuts and other fatty things. Wish they spend more money on proper vegetables and cook them well. The pantries on the floors are comparable with just a plain table and a smallest microwave ever. Every floor is carpeted and they don't clean the carpet very often. It's feels like a prison, because they also claim to do room checks and already assume that we violate their rules. I do not recommend this hall.
Great location, small rooms, average meals and little socialising. Nothing spectacular. Besides the great location and aesthetics (of the exterior) of the building, there's not much else to it. Inside it's a pretty standard university accommodation. Well kept and maintained, useful (and sometimes unpleasant) reception staff, completely average meals that lacked in nutritional value, segregation from other students, tiny communal rooms (that we weren't even allowed in most of the time) and too many doors that needed verification for access. I'd recommend Rees Hall for anyone that doesn't like socialising, isn't particularly hungry most of the time, enjoys being treated like a child, and likes paying too much for things. Other than that, it's not too bad. (If you're not a roadman, an introvert that doesn't need social stimulus, or you don't have rich parents that payed for your degree in a years salary, then Rees Hall is not for you).
Social Experience - If you were making noise it wasn't allowed, security would be there in seconds to tell people to get out of corridors and to be quiet... Even in Freshers when everyone was getting to know eachother we weren't allowed to socialise out of our rooms. Wifi - Cuts out a lot and not the best coverage around the building Some members of the team are rude and look down on students but then there are fantastic staff members in the dining room to make up for receptions fall down.