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Accommodation in Stoke-on-Trent
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I stayed in Aynsley Halls from September 2018 to June 2019. I had the worst experience of halls purely down to the flats around ours. I stayed on the ground floor and above us they were partying 24/7, which in freshers I didn’t mind, and up to Christmas they were quite quiet. But after, during exams as well, they were playing music far too loud - to the point my desk was shaking. Campus Control we’re constantly called out. They got caught taking drugs, smoking in their kitchen, fighting, smashing windows and ResLife and security did practically nothing and it continued up until the day I left. ResLife say they’ll do something but never do. The police got involved. Two cars from one of the flats were egged and nothing was done. Very frustrating. No place to relax and for £120 it just wasn’t worth it. Laundry facilities on campus were never too busy but people put powder in the washing machines despite being told not to, which meant two of my Jack Wills tops were ruined.
It is a beautiful set of halls and about 10 minuets away from my lessons at the college road site. I have had a great experience here already and met some life time friends in the first week. My room is very spacious and I have a lot of room and storage to put work and personal items. The wifi is sometimes working, sometimes not but that is the same with the whole campus and that isn't staffordshire university's fault it's studentcoms fault. The halls are very good value for money and I am still very comfortably getting food and even personal items at my own leisure. Great halls, really recommend them.
I lived in Minton hall (one of the leek road halls at Staffordshire university) it was nice, a little dated decor and the walls were brick and painted white which wasn't too good to look at but a few posters and it covers them up nicely. It was one of the older ones and hadn't been updated recently, but I thought it was nice - fully carpeted except for a section in the kitchen and in the bathroom. I liked it there - good memories!
Definitely not as scary as I thought it would be, the halls are basic but have everything you need and are incredibly reasonable. The wifi does have a tendency to cut out for a few seconds once in a while but other than than no problems at all. would recommend.
I loved halls! Ok it wasn't as posh and fancy as some but I made my room my own! It's clean as long as you keep it that way! Socially it was amazing, having to share places makes you close to your flat mates. Would never bother with ensuite! Not once did I have to wait for the shower. I loved halls and I plan on being a warden in third year so I can be back there aswell as make freshers love it as much as I did!
They're very addictive buildings and slightly resemble prison cells at first, but after covering the breeze blocks with posters, you can actually make your room really homely and the student experience more than makes up for it. They're 5 minutes from Stoke station which has amazing transport links, and a taxi to Hanley is £1 per person, ideal! All in all, don't judge them by how they look, it's what you make of them!
My room was damp and mouldy no matter how much I tried opening the window keeping it clean it still happened and I got severely ill from it. I many sleepless nights due to the LRV (Nightclub) being held right next door nearly every other night. I slept in the library/student space a few times because of it. Things need to change.
Toilets were like cubical, no privacy and really awkward at times. No other uni toilets I've seen are like this. Wardrobes have no doors so all belongings are on show, carpets dirty, rusty radiator, halls look run down. Miserable place to live. Floor below and above consisted of a total of 22 boys, living in the middle of that was not fun.
No social space. University gets you up at all hours for "fire drills". Expect you to clean everything and you get fined for not doing it. Bathroom facilities are poor. Shame there isn't even a lounge, with a sofa or something, would make up for the rest of it.