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3.94 / 5

Dorchester House

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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.

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By member106737
On 23rd April 15

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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.

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By member106737
On 23rd April 15

Dorchester House Information

CampusBournemouth Town Centre
PostcodeBH8 8AS
CateringSelf-catered
No. of rooms608

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 23rd April 15

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th March 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th July 15

New, clean, lost of space, wooden floor and big kitchen. Asda just sveis the street and close to bars and clubs. Basically all you can ask for In a student accomendation

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th September 16

Best halls ive ever seen. Been to many others and its just not the same as dorch!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 29th July 16

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 16th April 16

This acomadation is absolutely amazing, I loved it here

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 3rd April 16

Double bed is so comfy and a really nice place to be.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 25th February 16

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.

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

Nice place but not much done about troublemakers

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

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.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th April 15

Amazing year. Really nice staff and security. Mail room was great and safe! Double beds and huge clean kitchens !!

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

Good although Expensive

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

The condition of the building and rooms are good but the rooms are small and there's no social activity - it doesn't feel communal

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 24th April 15

Expensive for what you get and bad management of situations

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15

was nice - we were the first ones in the halls!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th April 15

amazing

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Best stay ever. We were in there the first year it opened. Only thing was they never put soap in the washing machines when I was there. So minor. They were so chilled about everything and had the best time.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Nicest student accommodation you will find! Great team that get things sorted ASAP.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Great rooms and still talk to my roommates. lots of empty space in the kitchen/living room though. Located right next to bus stop, station and asda, ideal.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Brilliant

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Staff are very strict on people staying and honestly it's a bit bonkers. 5 nights a month max and they love handing out fines

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Brilliant Staff

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th March 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 5th August 15

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.

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