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Glad so many students like this place!! I find Dorchester House adequate to good, though some things are very annoying! The lights come on all the time, night or day, and you can't turn them off - waste of energy and unpleasant. There's no switch to turn off the fan & light in the bathroom pod, and the fan is so noisy! [You can solve it, though, so be creative! ;-) ] Was asked to remove and store all belongings for "deep clean"... When I returned, the cleaners were sitting in the corridor chatting while the floors clearly hadn't been cleaned, the shelves, surfaces and window sills not wiped - so what exactly is a deep clean? There is no small saucepan with a lid, so had to buy one. There's an ironing board, but no iron! Which bin is for recycling, if any? I'm here in July, and they've given me a winter duvet - very uncomfortable; will buy my own. But then, I live here as a teacher, not a student, and am used to my own home comforts.
Dorchester House is without a doubt the best accommodation in Bournemouth. The location is perfect; uni bus stop right outside, ASDA and co-op across the road, and also the train station and bus station. Even though some of the best times of my life were spent here there is some negative points. First of all the wi-fi is not great, turns itself off and can be a problem. Another thing is the common room is right next to the bins so 80% of the time it smells really bad in there. Then even though the maintenance men are some of the nicest guys you will ever meet, its a shame that can't be said for the women that work there, Lauren and Annette. They are not very approachable, and even when I did approach them they had a very standoffish manner. The only time they were ever nice was at the end of the year when we were all leaving and they wanted us to fill in their survey for them... Even with that said, I love Dorchester House
I still live at Dorchester although i feel it important to write a review. The buildings itself and rooms are great, lots of storage space and good double beds. Nice kitchen sizes to. The location is perfect as your right near town and a gym as well as Asda. The staff. Where do I begin. Since moving in there all the staff have been is extremely rude. They look down on you and say everything with a smile even when you're having crossed words about any situation you would deem unfair. They're not helpful at all and i would say over all they have a very bitchy, condescending and patronising attitude towards the students. On this side of things im talking about purely the two ladies or girls even that work there as they sure dont handle conversations in an adult or articulate fashion. They interrupt you and shut you down without even letting you get your point across and i know for a fact there are many other students living here that feel the same about there attitude towards students.
These halls are very comfortable to live in - with a massive kitchen and very spacious rooms, it's easy to fit at least four people. The ensuite is small but all you really need for one person and cleaned once a month which is nice. There are, however, no real social spaces or common rooms inside the halls which would be nice to have and the cleaning in the kitchen is just done so that the students clean beforehand and don't wreck it. It's in a quiet area but close to campus so the longest walk is only about 10 minutes and very near Nisa, which is super handy. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed living in Barbara Scott Court.
My experience at dorchester house was poor. One thing that was not clear to me when moving in to dorchester is that if you wanted to leave, then you had to find your own replacement (which seemed near impossible at the time.) Luckilly i managed to find someone with the help of the university.
Dorchester House is nicely done and modern, however considering it's only 2/3 years old it has a few issues beyond what you'd expect for buildings of that age. For me personally, I don't find it very homely due to there not being any carpet, the flooring being a weird material which attracts dirt and causes me to want to wear shoes all the time. The 'common room' is tiny, for 200 odd flats there's nowhere near enough social space for everyone to socialise. There's no cleaners, which is a major downside considering it's quite expensive and sometimes you'd just like someone to come around and give the kitchen a quick once over once a week - not too much to ask for I don't think. Some of the staff can be quite rude and not very understanding, some of us have very demanding courses and maybe we just don't have the time to make sure the kitchen/bedrooms are completely spotless. Overall it's been nice living here but I'm very excited to move into our own house next term.
Out of all the halls, dorchester house is by far the nicest and cleanest with better facilities such as 2 fridges per flat of 5 compared to other halls which only has one and of course a double bed and spacipus bedrooms and kitchen area. The halls are always clean and staff are extremely friendly and helpful when maintanance issues arrive. It is only slightly more expensive than the other halls which when you compare is undoubtably worth it. If your looking to stay in wild party halls with constant noise and mess all year around then dorchester may not be for you. Having said that, parties still occur and you will meet loys of friends in your own and other flats and it is located in short walking distance to the other halls so if you want to party hard with large amounts of people you can do so without having the aftermath of the mess and noise by walking to them instead. Recommend it alot had a great first year here.
It was a bit expensive but they rooms were lovely and modern. The staff were also great. Good location as Asda and co op were over the road and the train station is next to Asda so it's great when you have friends come visit, or you're getting a train home for the weekend. Also the bus stop is right outside so that's really convenient.
Dorchester House is the most expensive halls out of the ones in Bournemouth, but not by a huge amount! It's also the newest out of the lot so you can expect it to be clean and well managed. The atmosphere of the place is so good and the grounds are so nice too. You can choose if you want to live with just one sex, or mixed, and there's a wide variety of room types to choose from. It's such a good experience. The staff are great and so helpful too, with 24hr security/maintenance people. Great location - right next to an ASDA, a gym, train station, and a bus stop to get to Talbot Campus, or just an 8 minute walk to get to Lansdowne. Amazing.