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2.92 / 5

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I mainly chose City Residence because of the en-suite bathrooms. Trust me its the only plus side. The kitchen is bug infested and when you try to report it the Uni blames you! The fire alarm goes off whenever it wants (even from steam!). The cookers are crap. It takes 3 hours to cook pasta! Theres no living room which sucks because the kitchen is the only place you can socialise and if people are cooking you have no chance! The rooms are okay. Some are tiny and you still have to pay the same amount as the others which i found unfair. The building in general is just old. The windows may as well not even be there. Thats if you can get them open! In the end I just decided to commute. The only thing that made it worth it is the people. If the uni upgraded the facility's and made it worth the money it would be great. Its really close to uni too. Plus its only small so you get to know everyone which is cool. Great people. Crap windows. A little TLC and it would be 5 star!

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By dropdeadshan
On 30th April 15

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I mainly chose City Residence because of the en-suite bathrooms. Trust me its the only plus side. The kitchen is bug infested and when you try to report it the Uni blames you! The fire alarm goes off whenever it wants (even from steam!). The cookers are crap. It takes 3 hours to cook pasta! Theres no living room which sucks because the kitchen is the only place you can socialise and if people are cooking you have no chance! The rooms are okay. Some are tiny and you still have to pay the same amount as the others which i found unfair. The building in general is just old. The windows may as well not even be there. Thats if you can get them open! In the end I just decided to commute. The only thing that made it worth it is the people. If the uni upgraded the facility's and made it worth the money it would be great. Its really close to uni too. Plus its only small so you get to know everyone which is cool. Great people. Crap windows. A little TLC and it would be 5 star!

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By dropdeadshan
On 30th April 15

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CampusCity Campus
PostcodeYO31 8JY
CateringSelf-catered
No. of rooms124
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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 21st June 17

My large ensuite room was on the second floor with two windows - twice the draft and plenty of mould on them! The room itself was spacious, however there was only one ceiling light and the mirror on the back of the wardrobe door was impractical due to the lack of light. The vent in the bathroom was almost a health risk with no clear way to fix it. The kitchen was in very bad shape - the toaster, the kettle and one of the chairs broke almost immediately. The microwave simply couldn't take it anymore and blew up. Hot water was consistent up until spring, where there were long periods of freezing temperatures. The fire alarms started in freshers week and didn't stop - one noteable time was when a fuse blew in a room and there were four fire engines attending (no damage). After that they begin checking the fire alarms every Thursday morning. There's only one stairwell per block and it's not very sociable.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd March 16

Irregular wifi, broken hoover, microwave and oven when arrived. No social space. Why should we have to pay for a TV permit when we pay so much for so little?

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 2nd December 15

we didnt even have hot water, we only got one hour a day and that was at 5am

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 2nd December 15

It's alright if you're not too picky, bathrooms are a decent size. Rooms are a good size too

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 30th November 15

Considering it's more expensive than other halls available I don't feel like it's better. I've also never had so many fire alarms in my entire life.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 28th November 15

Absolute sh*thole. Tiny room. Tiny bed. Bad heating. Terrible windows. Internet was decent but no wifi. Old as f*ck. One good thing was having your own bathroom, even if it regularly smelt of sewage and was freezing cold. Dodgy shower. Kitchen was a good size however, there was no social area other than the uncomfy wooden chairs. Whenever we fried something, one of us had to hold the oven glove over the fire alarm as it was set off very easily, meaning the whole residence would then have to stand outside usually for about half an hour until maintenance came and switched it off. Was only two washers and dryers for the whole residence. The only reason I would recommend living here would be how close it is to the uni.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th November 15

Only had internet through Ethernet. Constant fire alarms. No living room

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th November 15

Great location with easy access to maintenance support. The cleaners don't really clean much (we were once told that our kitchen wouldn't be cleaned because it was too messy). The common room is also the kitchen so space is pretty limited.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 25th September 15

for the amount we pay im sorry but it is not worth at all. Halls for a few hundred pounds altogether and the quality of their rooms i have seen. Bigger more quality in general

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 25th September 15

Tiny fridge, can be noisy but good location

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 17th September 15

Rooms are spacious and there is lots of room in the drawers etc. Bathroom is alright, mirrors weren't too clean. The windows are difficult to open, but it's okay because there seems to be a lot of spiders/bugs outside my window! It's great being within walking distance of the university and town, but there's also a bus stop outside the accommodation. Space in the fridge is a little limited for everyone. I wouldn't say it's worth the price (£5000ish), but I'm happy with it.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 11th August 15

The campus life is LIVE and the fact that everyone loves fairly close to each other means that most of the students are part of some kind of society

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 30th April 15

I mainly chose City Residence because of the en-suite bathrooms. Trust me its the only plus side. The kitchen is bug infested and when you try to report it the Uni blames you! The fire alarm goes off whenever it wants (even from steam!). The cookers are crap. It takes 3 hours to cook pasta! Theres no living room which sucks because the kitchen is the only place you can socialise and if people are cooking you have no chance! The rooms are okay. Some are tiny and you still have to pay the same amount as the others which i found unfair. The building in general is just old. The windows may as well not even be there. Thats if you can get them open! In the end I just decided to commute. The only thing that made it worth it is the people. If the uni upgraded the facility's and made it worth the money it would be great. Its really close to uni too. Plus its only small so you get to know everyone which is cool. Great people. Crap windows. A little TLC and it would be 5 star!

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 30th April 15

Poor overpriced accommodation! never even had the basics such as hot water!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th April 15

It's fun because of the people you meet, the kitchen space is terrible, and the room is what you can make of it.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 30th April 15

fire alarms every week Small fridge Bad cleaners

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th April 15

The major good thing about this accomodation is it's location, it's within a 10 minutes walk from uni so great if you're not a morning person! But I'm afraid that's where the good things stop. To start with there are no sofas or communal seating areas other than the kitchen table and these chairs are very uncomfortable. When we arrived the kitchen was pretty dirty, we had to scrub it all ourselves and was then told that someone was coming to do it in the next few weeks, but too little too late. Although since then we have a fortnightly cleaner who cleans the communal areas which not all St John halls have. One bonus is that this is the cheapest accommodation which provides ensuites, having said that it is still very pricy for what you get compared to the more modern halls. There is a huge lack of fridge and cupboard space, which is a big pain! Oh and the windows are single glazed, with mouldy wood frames and you can feel drafts. It has also this year not been very sociable.

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