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Stenton halls are great! I’m a 1st year and wasn’t expecting to live here! But the location is great it’s a 2 minute walk to park bar and a seven minute walk to main campus where most lectures are and the libary is!!! The main benefit is the social space with a lounge kitchen and dinning table all open plan!! Really good for making friends as you live with 11 other people. The only downside is that you have to share a bathroom with one other person, share with the same gender. I was most worried about this but it’s been fine, one other person is not that bad and it gets cleaned every week. It’s quite expensive hall, but worth it if you want to be really sociable.
Stenton Townhouses are great! I live in the Lambourn houses and the location was very good, near the lake so quiet enough and relaxing to see the sunrise. Also, you only share the bathroom with one person, which is not a problem at all. Pros:-double bed and spacious rooms -communal living room and kitchen are massive, great for pres! -two doors to get inside - the main entrance and back door, which is useful when wanting a shortcut to lectures. -there is a cleaner who cleans weekly, and the bins get changed daily (except for weekends) Love you Bimala <3 Cons:-can be noisy on student nights when people are leaving to go to the club or arriving back, but this usually lasts a few minutes only and the noise can be muffled if the window is shut. -being on the third floor can be a heavy walk, especially when carrying lots of baggage; however, it does tone your legs so the effort is worth it, and I got used to it after a few days. Love, an L7 baby x
Stenton Townhouses are lit. Social space is huge, everyone's jealous of our living rooms (@ Windsor), Social life is good here, everyone's always out and about. Being in the townhouses is good because it feels much more communal. Shared bathrooms isn't that deep when you only share with one person. 2 minute walk to Park Bar, washing and the SU. The lake is right behind the townhouses too so you can always go there on nightly strolls. 10/10.
Absolutely brilliant value for money. Very spacious communal areas and the toilets are cleaned because they're shared (with only one other person!). Only downfall is the stairs (fine if you live on the bottom floor) and that they're a little quieter than Stenton's blocks (excellent if you like your sleep though).
Great if you get a good bunch of people to live with. If you don't get on with your housemates it's probably harder to make friends in other townhouses than it would be in flats. Very good facilities - shared bathrooms between two, double beds, large desk and big dining table fitting 12 people plus. Also sofas to provide a living room area. New in 2012 so still relatively new and clean.
The university wifi in halls can be a bit slow when attempting to watch films, but this isn't a huge problem. For freshers, townhouses were the least sociable of the options, but due to the number of people in a house this isn't a problem, plus if you put yourself out there, this is easy to overcome. More positively, they have brilliant rooms and the living area is spacious and comfortable. Currently, halls have been the most positive experience of housing in Reading.
We pay less than the premium rooms in Stenton, Mackinder and Childs... Yet we have a bigger social area with sofas, bigger rooms and despite having to share bathrooms with one other person, they're cleaned for us unlike an en-suite. Sweet accommodation