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Bridges is a lovely place to stay! The rooms have so much storage and are modern, with the kitchens having a large social space for your flat to hang out. The short walk to the center of campus is very pretty! There is not much communal space out side of the flat kitchens but this doesn’t matter to much.
Do NOT stay at these halls if you are postgrad. Despite being in an all postgrad Townhouse we were put next to the loudest neighbours who constantly disturbed us, even during exams. Avoid avoid avoid if you want a quieter space.
Bridges Halls are really modern and spacious, in both the bedrooms and the kitchen, and they are kept clean by the cleaners once a week. I have found that Bridges is a mix of both people who want to party and people who want to staying and study, and it's easy to make friends with both as the flats are made up of 10 people. Not too bothered about not having an ensuite as the bathrooms are much nicer than the ones provided in ensuite halls.
When I read reviews on bridges I was a bit worried that they wouldn't be a great expierience for a fresher. These reviews were totally wrong and freshers fortnight was honestly so fun,the halls are lovely, the walk to campus is short and the social is good.
Absolutely amazing time! I wouldn't stay in any other halls, everyone was so lovely, a really short walk from union but far enough away that you ca't hear them when you're have a quiet night in. Highly recommend
People complain that it's too far from campus, but it's only just over a 5 minute walk to the centre. Lovely accommodation, is always kept clean and maintained, security can be a little strict but I assume it's the same for all accommodation blocks. Definitely going to miss these halls.
Bridges is lovely and modern, having the courtyard in the middle really created a peaceful environment. It was definitely ok to be quiet in bridges but also very easy to make friends. It is expensive but I think it was worth the money!
bridges sucks. everything breaks down regularly, most notably doors, lifts and keycards. all known faults they can't be a**ed to deal with. costs a bloody fortune. one of the most anti-social halls on campus- the only common room is tiny and directly underneath the warden's home, so basically useless. so if you get stuck in a bogus flat, your social life is going to be tricky at best because flats are fairly isolated in the way they're set out and there are no other common areas. due to the half-a**ed way flats are assigned, the odds of having a terrible flat are pretty high, though this is probably common to all UOR halls. but notably in bridges almost all flats have one or two residents that are ostracised because of differences, ie. 1 girl in with 9 guys, 1 guy in with 9 girls, 1 international postgrad student in with 9 uk freshers, 1 uk fresher with 9 chinese masters/postgrad students - all common. and it's farcical.
I stayed in a townhouse as a returner and loved my time here. The mark down is for the wifi (which you struggle with even in the library so not really the halls fault) and the jcr which sucked! Other than that i couldn't recommend it enough! The kitchen in townhouses are huge as are their rooms, plus its right at the back gate of uni so the bus stop is 20 seconds from your door. For the lazier of us its further from the main uni buildings than some other halls, but you do have a nice walk over the lake (watch out for the swans) and it really isn't that far.
I love living in Bridges halls, people said it was a long walk from campus but it's really not. The bathrooms are lovely and clean, the rooms are spacious and full of storage spaces. The kitchen is a perfect size as well as the table and the sofas are a great social area. Really great security crew and the cleaners a phenomenal. Love it. Only downside is it could be a bit cheaper but you can't win with everything now can you?
I love Bridges Hall, it's actually not as far away as people think! I can walk to the square in 10 minutes and to Agriculture in less. Bridges is new and modern, it also has a large kitchen/dining/living space with a sofa where friends can gather in the evenings or before a night out. Thanks to the Halls Hotline there is no problem when it comes to maintenance snags - meaning the odd problem (like a broken kettle) can be fixed quickly! I'm also fortunate to have cleaners come and clean our kitchen (one a week) and shared bathrooms (twice a week) I'm really happy with the accommodation I live in and I'm considering reapplying for my second year!
Too expensive for what you get. Too far away from the main facilities of the campus. Had a room next to the kitchen: There is no possibility to learn or sleep during the day. You can hear people talking and cooking. The walls seems to be very thin so you can hear everything. The doors closes always with a loud bang.
The only problem that I found in Bridges halls was that the warden was a f****** idiot when it came to dishing out fines. For someone who has a PHD in chemistry you'd like to think he would have more common sense
Bridges Hall has the appeal of being brand new with a large kitchen and lots of storage space in the bedrooms. However, as it is new, there are still a lot of things that need to be changed. It's about 10 mins away from the centre of campus so decent location, however it is about 20 minutes away from other halls (except Wessex) which can be a pain. People to bathroom ratio is about as good as you'll get without being in an ensuite which definitely is a pro of the halls. There is a JCR room with a TV and sofas, as well as table tennis outside, however during my year not many people used this, and it definitely should be encouraged more so people feel comfortable to go down and use it. Bridges townhouses are not worth the money in my opinion, unless you enjoy walking up stairs all day. Overall good halls, but still can be improved.
It's fairly nice as it's a new halls of residence. However for the amount of money you spend it is not worth staying here! It is very basic in terms of what you get in the kitchen, as well as in the shared bathroom. But the worst part of Bridges Hall by far is the unfair security team who go out of their way to try and stop socialising. Also the JCR have been a joke! Expecting people to pay £45 to get a discount of barely anything is ridiculous!
It's a pretty good hall but the kitchens don't have enough space, the fridges freeze your food, the ovens don't heat evenly and the cleaning service doesn't do a great job. The rooms are nice but not great quality furniture. Also the post box is open at really strange hours so it's hard to get a package
Close to main campus but is a bit far away from social activities etc so as a first year can feel a bit out of the loop. Have found JCR to be pretty rubbish- I've paid £45 for JCR fees and haven't reaped any benefits from it money down the drain!! There have been about 3 event s that I have seen discounted for those that have paid JCR fees all of which I couldn't attend. Cleaners should be credited, they do an amazing job and always spend a good hour cleaning the kitchen! Price was a little steep for self catered but I guess that comes with the area and the fact it was new accommodation.
Bridges Hall is lovely and new, with fab facilities. Being such a new hall, Bridges is yet to find its identity like other accommodation, however the new JCR for 2015 are full of plans that are set to change the issue! Bridges is quiet enough for people that want to work as well as having enough going on for the party animals in us all. Go for Bridges, I have had the most amazing time
Would have scored higher on social experience however if you do anything wrong, they ban you from having any visitors into your house- makes pre drinks/birthdays/social life/group work much harder. Our warden even told my flatmate and her boyfriend that they weren't allowed to see each other in halls- ridiculous! Rooms and kitchen etc. are nice but things break easily and plumbing is poor throughout. There is no bar at this halls and only a tiny TV room. Cleaners come once a week- tend to complain if house isn't already very clean! However, location is pretty good not too far away from anything and the halls very homely compared to others. I think this halls is probably better if you prefer a quieter uni experience.
We were banned from seeing our friends from a house a few doors down and stopped from having any outside visitors, constantly victimised for having a messy house even though practically none of our appliances work and our toilets/showers are always blocked. The warden doesn't care about the fact that we pay so much however simply cares that we occasionally have pre drinks in the house we pay an insane amount for. Also very out of the way of campus.
- Poor location away from all main halls and campus - House was kept in poor condition - broken ovens, showers etc and not fixed for months - Treated unfairly and victimised by warden consistently and when asked for reasons why we were rudely answered to
As halls go, it's nice. The bathrooms are brilliant (shared), and the showers are better than the one I have at home. The kitchens could do with more storage space, as some people (the last ones to move in) had to share tiny cupboards. The views across the meadow are lovely, but if you're on the ground floor, the floor to ceiling glass windows mean that passers by stare at your whilst you're eating your cereal. It's a bit like living in a fishbowl. The cleaners are excellent and really friendly, although it's best to stock up on toilet roll because that tends to run out before it gets replaced each week. There are two main problems with Bridges Hall, however. Firstly, there's the mold. Within a few weeks, mold developed under and around my bedroom window, and under my desk. The flat next door developed black mold. It took ages for maintenance to actually sort it out. Second problem is the light pollution, as the curtains are flimsy and the hall lights never go off.