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This hall is depressing. There is no social life, it's very clique-y and so far from town it makes me not want to attend my lectures. No one I know within the hall likes it. We have to clean our own rooms and bathrooms for inspection (and they are VERY picky) and the heating never works, I'm always freezing. I wish with all my heart I was placed in ANY other hall, ABH has made me miserable.
Socially divided. If you're not in a group, you might as well be unwelcome. Cleaners are harsh and not pleasant. Very passive aggressive, as if they were given the job as a chore and not based on their limited capabilities. Location is great. Management is alright, the wardens are friendly and the porters are easily the nicest people around. Not worth what you pay. Would not recommend.
This hall has transformed this semester. The new senior student is leading the way to make this hall a far more social place and it's working! Bernie and the rest of his committee are working hard to make this hall inclusive to everyone and he is paving the way for the next committee and every one thereafter to continue this
Rooms and facilities are in good condition overall, and the residence admin is functional. The showers (wetroom) and heating are pretty bad, though. Water gets everywhere and heating sometimes doesn't work properly, not to mention the fact that they turn it off completely during the day. Good kitchens. Added convenience of having a laundry room and a computer room/study area on the ground floor.
This is more general, but I wish we were assigned halls based what's closest to our classes. It doesn't make sense that a science student had to walk a mile from sallies to classes and a philosophy student has to walk a mile from dra and they can't switch
I've really liked living in Agnes, its a very large hall with lots of residents but the hall committee often put on hall events so you get to know people. The kitchens are hit and miss, some are tiny some are large and modern and you could be sharing between 6-12 people. I didn't get on with some of my kitchen mates but some have become my best friends. One of the best things is the IT room which is a great study room if you don't want to walk to the library. Also great location for the science buildings!
I'm not joking when I saw the hall looks like a prison- considering it was designed by someone who actually DOES design prisons for a living you can find that opinions on layout usually range from Crystal Maze to Maze Runner, maze being the keyword in this sentence. The value for money is ridiculously low. Imagine being placed in a calustrophobic Travelodge hotel room for a year, stuck in between a sex maniac and a drunk, with a trashed kitchen. For 600 pounds a month. To be fair, this is St Andrews, you could hardly expect more. The social space consists of a glorified staff room with 4 sofas, a suspiciously empty rec room and the smokers bench which is by far the most lively. If it wasn't for the lovely staff and the great friends I made here I would warn you like hell against it. The benefit is that you instantly make friends (or enemies) with your flatmates so you know someone already. I get along really well with all of mine so I grit my teeth and bear the rest.