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I would not recommend living in Kingswood II, the bathrooms are small and the floor could get easily flooded in water. The catering is awful and there is no alternative to having food from there because there are few kitchen equipment available. The room checks by the housekeeper were awfully timed as they occurred during the middle of exam season. The beds were uncomfortable and the springs are old. The rooms are full of the mold and the housekeeper offered terrible solutions of simply wash the mold which did not solve anything. There is not many opportunities to create bonds within your halls because of the small kitchen space. The only social places is the common room which unlike many other places closes at 11pm.
Everyone's gonna complain about kingswood, but at the end of the day if you make friends in kingswood or in your flat you'll end up loving kingswood. Food's alright but most people I know use a George Forman. Annoying it's catered but you get 50% discount off it so it's alright. Kingswood has a very nice community feel to it. The people in reception are super nice as well.
Small room with tiny bathroom, but grateful to have ensuite! No common rooms except for a small bar and it gets annoying with the bus ride to campus every day but you get used to it. If you want to get a seat on the bus (or on some days even get on the bus!) be there 10 minutes before it arrives! There is a little community there though so don't be terrified that you're in the middle of no where!
Truly the pits of the earth. Our cieling got so soaked in 'water' leaking from the stink pipe that it warped and eventually burst through. Mould everywhere and not just black spores either, pink fluffy mould. Vomit worthy.
I've not met a single person who've actually chosen to live in Kingswood is the hall that feels completely isolated from the rest of the university. The buses are often late or don't turn up at all, meaning that a few times I've nearly been late to lectures, or have had to walk back at night. Walking down three alleyways alone - especially after the recent sexual assault in the area - is pretty scary. I'd made a lot of friends on campus and often had to walk back alone in the early hours of the morning by myself while they could just go back to campus. Being where it is stopped me from going to SU nights, societal meet ups, the gym, etc. just because there's always a concern as to how you're going to get home. In the end I requested a move to Founders because I just couldn't stand it any more, and I'm so much happier there. Kingswood on the whole was clean and most of the staff were alright, but if you're wanting a social life, it's not the place.
Rooms are okay, but having to get bus to campus is a pain. Also because it's catered there's very little opportunity to socialise because there's no kitchen with a table in the flat. Food at the restaurant is average so I lived off microwave food. Was my last Noice accommodation, I wanted self catered on campus. Kingswood does not live up to the standards of campus rooms having visited friends' glad on campus
I struggle to think how this could have been any worse. Within the cupboards in the hall ways there was a leak and all we could hear was a dripping. We reported this to the reception everyday for 2 months and nothing was done, thisdeveloped into a puddle in the ceiling and on the carpet which burst through into the corridor still nothing was done until we reported them to residential support. The piece of ceiling removed after the leak which we were told was from the 'main stink pipe', Left us with no ceiling panel for another few months. The mould covering the corridors and within our rooms caused many of us in the flat to develop the same very chesty cough. Drugs such as canibis was all over the halls anywhere you went reeked of the stuff. I was on the bottom floor and God forbid you leave your window open and even when it's closed the smells somehow consume your room. Loud music being pumped from cars and people smoking outside all night andSecurity do nothing. Worst year of my life
Absolutely horrible room standards, cleaning crew and treatment by security. The rooms had mold, dirt and were old and uncomfortable. The bathrooms are way too small and not in liveable conditions especially when students are required to pay nearly 6,000 pounds a year. This is less than Tuke and Butler which were much cleaner, newer and easily liveable. The dining hall food is inedible and often made students ill. Security was tyrannical and made Kingswood feel like strict boarding school. The distance from campus made campus very hard to get to and is a terrible placement for students especially brand new first years. The buses were very often Late forcing students to walk in rain or snow and even be late to class. Even if the buses were running on schedule they come at times they do not make sense with the schools timetable, leaving either not enough time to get to a lecture or way too early.