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Cranborne House is honestly the worst halls you could possible pick. WiFi barely works, shower is either freezing or scorching hot. Kitchen appliances always breaking, maintenance will come in and have a look but not always fix it properly (depending on the person fixing it) Homeless people have often tried to get in. Security is okay. Plenty of rats around, and silverfish. (i got told there is nothing they can do about it). Our car park was knocked down and one of the receptionist + maintenance shouted at me for having my sister park there for a few hours. The building sites surrounding us is terrible, so much noise and dust, definitely disrupts sleeping and mental health. There is so much dust and dirt and the building shakes. The fire alarm is annoying too, always goes off at the most inconvenient times. Maintenance wakes everyone up at seriously stupid times in the day , e.g morning 9am when people are still sleeping, absolutely horrible experience so far. CAN'T WAIT to move out!!
Probably one of the worst halls, I read the reviews on here and thought it would be good... if only I knew. The builders currentlt make my room shake every morning at 9am, the fire alarm goes off every other day for a painfully long time. The sofas are the most uncomfortable things in the world, accompanied by a under average kitchen. But the Rios aren't terrible and the social life is good. Please do yourself a favour and go to home park or Dorchester, believe me it's worth the extra money.
I loved living Cranborne House, would definitely recommend it over the other halls. * Really sociable building,smoking area is good compared to other halls. * Day and night staff are great * Common room is a bit on the small side but is okay. * Rooms are good, showers can be a bit temperamental sometimes. * Kitchen space is good if you live in North or South Block. * Lifts often break down and sometimes take a few days to fix * Fire alarms do go off more than other halls * Really close to Co-op * 5 minutes away from Lansdowne, and about 15 from town * Doesn't get as hot as Dorchester House! I got on really well with my flatmates and had a decent mix of people, would definitely recommend living in Cranborne, gave me the best possible halls experiences ever.
Dont waste your money and get trapped into a contract here, for just under £600 a month its not worth it. I cant wait to leave. Our oven doesnt work properly, the showers are cold. When you report this to maintenence they do come and check it out promptly but its never fixed properly. Rooms are okay but small. Not so bad if you dont mind noise all the time however the walls are so thin you can hear everything your housemates are doing when they come in drunk at 3am on a weekday, which means you cant sleep. Im not saying everyone has such a bad experience here but if you get stuck with housemates like mine who never seem to sleep or clean up after themselves its not the uni experience you are hoping for.
The staff are friendly enough, except some night staff but understandably it can be an annoying job. The common room downstairs is so nice, however they need to do more with it, for example Purbeck have events etc (Xbox nights, Ann summers) to get people involved. Also, I definitely think the washing machines should be 24 hours and be put onto a card which can be topped up online. Another thing, the smoking area is really nice as well compared to other halls. Very convenient location, right by the bus stop and co-op.
Really pleasant time living in Cranborne House. Rent is good since bills is included in the cost so you don't have to spend hours sorting it out with your housemates like in 2nd/3rd year. Fire alarms were really prone to go off though.