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.. tbc Socialspace, also known as the commonroom is extremely bare, can fit maybe 6 people in to sit, 8 at a push, on top of that you get kicked out of the commonroom weekdays at 11PM and 12AM on weekends, and the security guards aren’t always polite about it, this overall effects the social experience. Internet, if you’re using the direct Ethernet provided then you’re perfectly fine, however if you rely on wireless you may want to look elsewhere, near-constant bigger to not loading at times. There are also two types of rooms within the halls, regular and disabled rooms, if you’re lucky enough to be placed in the disabled room and are a able bodied person the room is twice the size of regular ones as well as the bathroom being a wet room, however if you’re not able bodied and in the disabled room, all shelves are out of reach if you’re stuck in a wheelchair etc. However in the regular rooms, bathrooms are extremely small and if you’re a tall person you aren’t able to sit on the toilet
Honestly, maybe the only two actual good pointers that Woodlands have to offer, is the en-suite bathrooms and that it is quite literally on campus. However this still has a negative attached, bathrooms would frequently leak, lights would stop working, heating is awful. Now onto the negatives; for one if you live on the ground floor the chances are that you’ll hear people outside screaming, kids knocking on windows etc. Quite often I’ve smelt Weed being smoked just outside bottom floor windows. Another negative would be that the further into the Halls that you go, quality of Kitchen would literally get worse, I lived in Hall 6, the kitchen had the bare essentials, fridge-freezer, 4 cupboards to put food, plates etc into if it couldn’t go into the fridge, keep in mind that there are 5 other people sharing the same house as you, however if you compare Hall 6 to Hall 2 Kitchens you’ll easily notice how much more modern it looks and feels, even down to having twice as many cupboards. tbc
The accommodation I stayed in definitely was not worth the money, although they are being rebuilt in the renovation of the uni so maybe after that they will be, although the rooms do have their own en-suits! The location was brilliant being basically on campus, could roll out of bed and be at uni. The common room was disappointing a little room with three two seater sofas for 35 odd people
Broken into, security is terrible, dirty, loud, rats etc. Common room tiny and most the time locked, complained about cleanliness as bin store locked and recieved an email regarding it being our duty and they are only paid to clean communal areas (which are always locked, which is why I sent an email as I was confused as to what they are paid for). Not work nearly 100 pounds a week, awful management, but they can exploit for being students
It's alright but definitely not worth £96 a week. The facilities are not that clean, I refused to use the kitching since it was visbly dirty, If you're wanting to stay here for anything other than the location then this is not the place for you.
Good points: - Really close to the Campus Heart Bad Points: - The neighborhood consists of children who love to p*ss off residents - Security is lax, front door was broken for the longest time (initially) - Social spaces are severely limited in both facilities and proportion with the volume of residents - StudentCom (WiFi) is consistently slow/down - Heating is a joke, irregular schedule and no control - Good luck if you're on the ground floor and next to the entrance, can't open your window without smokers (constantly) being there - Don't know if there's surveillance (doubt it) In my opinion, not worth the money
Wouldn't recommend Woodland Halls to anyone. I cannot believe how much the rent is for the standard of the accommodation. Rooms are very small, it's very dated, kitchen and communal areas are not cleaned that we'll by cleaners. Local kids are annoying.
Overall the hall isn't exactly terrible however, a number of things are less than adequate. For example most problems with the hall are rarely dealt with quickly, some not dealt with at all. Cleaners rarely clean, simply take a bin bag out of the kitchens when they come. The common room is entirely too small for the amount of people in the hall, roughly a 3 by 4 meter room with 2 sofas between 36 people in the hall. The facilities like the showers tend to be rather temperamental as to whether they work properly also.
Sooooo expensive!! I did pay for the luxury of an ensuit - but still look back and question if it was worth the money for my TINY room. It was a little bit noisy on the morning as it is based beside the car part to the uni on campus - really close to all lectures because you're living on campus!! The cleaners need to reevaluate their job titles. It was only occasionally mopped and the bin bags were taken out once a week. There was a communal bin for all of the 7 halls to remove their own rubbish - but why should we? We paid more for that service!! If I could give common room/ social spaces a zero, I would. We had a small shared kitchen. 6 people to one kitchen, but only 3 stools for the bench which was screwed to the wall. Other that that there was supposed to be a common room which was no bigger than the size of one room, which was shared between 36 people!! No furniture. No nothing in it. Pre drinks were rarely held at woodlands because of the lack of space...