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Great place. I am extremely happy and satisfied.

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Gowar #4
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Does anyone know if w267 looks onto the quads or outwards and is there an hand basin?
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Can you have people stay over at founders hall??
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Student Review: 2.7 /5
By member874214 On 10th December 22 verified Verified student

I’ve been staying at founders for a term. Here are my thoughts on it: - they often close the dining hall despite the fact that they don’t give us the space to cook food - when the dining hall is open it is really good and good value for money (for ex. A full meal costs £3.) -the toilets are not very clean -the showers are grim and tiny -the pantries are okay but they are not big enough to be social spaces - the pantries are equipped with 2 microwaves, 3 fridges and a hot water dispenser. There are no freezers. - you will live on a long corridor so you will have to walk a long way to go to the toilet at nights, often through security doors - the lift breaks frequently - there are frequent fire drills at night - my room was very warm - the view is beautiful - the location is great. You are in the centre of campus - it is not the typical university social experience of living in a flat. It gives boarding school vibes.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member763182 On 26th October 21 verified Verified student

There’s one common room in each wing. This is for 3 floors of about 80 people each. It’s on a boys corridor so my key doesn’t even let me in yet it’s supposed to be a facility for all corridors. The pantries are tiny so no one sits in them either. People usually sit in the corridor and hang out there which is okay because the corridor is wide with huge ceilings it’s very cool. Showers are absolutely awful, they’re shared so rather gross and no water pressure whatsoever.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Benny On 29th September 19 verified Verified student

Great place. I am extremely happy and satisfied.

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Student Review: 2.9 /5
By member629626 On 11th January 18 verified Verified student

god where do I begin, I lived on the east side of the building since the construction and opening of the library Founders has become a bit of a nightmare, the rooms are lovely and by far big enough to accommodate the most demanding student with plenty of space to store things, the food is intermittently amazing, it can be awful but quite often you end up having some amazing dish for under 4 quid! it's so easy to meet people, in fact, I joke that you cant stand in the same place for more than 3 minutes without someone talking to you! however when you get tonight, being cursed with deadlines and 9 am seminars as I am its been quite important to sleep, however without fail at 1-3 am you will get woken up by inconsiderate drunks shouting at singing, fine at a weekend but not on a Wednesday at 4 AM when you have an Essay and 4 classes the next day ! in short, i recommend that you check out somewhere like Reid unless you are a hardcore party animal ! trust me!

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member626836 On 20th June 17 verified Verified student

Great being so close to everything, but I lived on 4th floor west so it's a bit of a hike to use the stairs but the elevator in west is really sketchy. Also it's a gamble as to whether or not you can get into west at night, as they lock most or all the doors, making you go around the entire building to the one open door in east. also at night they lock a lot of the doors to hallways and into the building so it's sort of door roulette as to which ones are going to be open. The bathrooms are alright, but there's nothing to dry your hands with in the ones for the bedrooms, and the shower rooms can get really cold. But standard single rooms get sinks in them on 3rd, 4th and 5th floors (apparently it's spotty on 2nd), so that helps a lot. Dining hall is good, lots of food places deliver there, and the hub is a really short walk (5 mins). Sometimes the corridors can get noisy depending on where you are (the walls are thick but the doors are thin).

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Student Review: 2.9 /5
By fo0s On 7th May 17 verified Verified student

It's alright, lots of problems including power cuts, no wifi and an attempted arson attempt

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By English + Drama stud On 24th April 17 verified Verified student

You get to live in a castle! How much better does it get! Great rooms, although you ave to share bathrooms but you get used to it afterwards. You have no kitchen so you are always hungry as dinner finishes at 7pm. The view is incredible! In the uni so you can wake up last minute and make it to your lessons. The corridors are massive so it is easy to socialise just by sitting with your group of friends there. However, security can get annoying as they always spoil the fun. Bathrooms are always really clean as the cleaners come and clean them every morning. The clock tower chimes on the hour every hour but it is not as bad as people think... (depending on if you are a light sleeper or not)... It sometimes reminds you to go to bed when you hear it chime 3 times at 3am. The food is ok. lots of selection. However, so if not in the price of the accommodation, it is a discount. One meal comes out to about £2.00. Most of the time it is good but lacks seasoning. Founder's is THE BEST!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1326308 On 17th April 17 verified Verified student

If you want something that looks fancy and will impress your friends who don't go to Royal Holloway, then these are the Halls for you. However, if you want reliable internet, power and a building where the Fire Alarm isn't regularly set off at 3 am, then Founder's isn't for you. Yes the rooms are okay, they are relatively spacious and yes the Instagram photos you will get each morning and evening as the sun rises and sets over the Quad are amazing, but it's not worth the money you pay for it. The building is cold and drafty, the elevator regularly fails to work, the doors lock at 7 pm, and often the outer doors are locked meaning you're running around the building trying to find a way in after a night at the Student Union. The Common Rooms are filled with old couches with various inconspicuous and unexplainable stains, a TV that is useless unless you bring your wires and batteries for the remote. In short, it's pretty, but also pretty awful.

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Student Review: 3.7 /5
By member726302 On 15th April 17 verified Verified student

I was in a shared room and everyone thought it would be dirty and there would be no privacy but it was the complete opposite. I made a really good friend and despite the lack of social spaces (bar the corridor where pre drinks were banging) and the showers were always clean, I only got a cold shower once or twice the whole year. Founders has everything you need and is really close to all the lecture locations.

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Student Review: 1.6 /5
By member626217 On 3rd April 17 verified Verified student

There's practically no security on site to deal with any noise complaint issues. Also they do not follow protocol of punishing those who break code of conduct.

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Student Review: 4.7 /5
By member824614 On 8th November 16 verified Verified student

Big wide corridors mean plenty of socials in the corridor, lots of people in a section means plenty of people to meet. Bathrooms are good, I've never queued for a shower or toilet. Pantry is small but does the job. It's amazing looking at the building and knowing you live there! Gorgeous place just make sure you're healthy cos it's right at the top of the hill and the stairs in founders are endless. Really convenient location anyway and a super experience. Come live in founders!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1024562 On 4th November 16 verified Verified student

Loved my first year in Founders. Definelty the best hall for a proper uni experience

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member924378 On 21st October 16 verified Verified student

Still the best halls - they're so pretty, the rooms are huge and it's the centre of life on campus

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Student Review: 3.9 /5
By member924331 On 20th October 16 verified Verified student

It has its flaws, but you can never get enough of the views!

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member624194 On 30th September 16 verified Verified student

Other than the fact the radiators haven't turned on quite yet, founders is perfect. Amazing location, spacious rooms, it's ideal.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member924167 On 29th September 16 verified Verified student

stunning rooms but no common room so the social life isn't fantastic

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Student Review: 3.3 /5
By member924112 On 26th September 16 verified Verified student

Everyone's friendly but divided due to the same sex floors

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Student Review: 3.7 /5
By member424096 On 25th September 16 verified Verified student

could do with better social/communal spaces to use

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Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member823956 On 11th September 16 verified Verified student

Rooms are small and dark Location superb

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member923777 On 27th August 16 verified Verified student

Founders was great I'd do anything to go back do it all over again!

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Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member1223597 On 12th August 16 verified Verified student

Amazing experience, made so many friends because there are so many opportunities to socialise because of the large numbers on the corridors. Only 1 common room on the boys floor which was a bit annoying but did get us to have more social connections with the boys floor. The halls are SO pretty and you are right on campus! Founders library, the chapel, picture gallery and Crosslands bar are all in these halls. i had a great experience in these halls, no regrets whatsoever.

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member1023487 On 5th August 16 verified Verified student

Who else gets to live in a replica castle for a year

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member923464 On 5th August 16 verified Verified student

honestly why would you live anywhere else. its a freaking castle!

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Student Review: 3.9 /5
By member1223442 On 4th August 16 verified Verified student

Very dependent on your hall mates. My floor was quite loud and stole food from the pantries but my friend on the floor below had no such troubles.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member423439 On 4th August 16 verified Verified student

Once in a lifetime experience to live in such an amazing building

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member722993 On 3rd July 16 verified Verified student

It was beautiful on the outside, not so good on the inside

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1022968 On 2nd July 16 verified Verified student

So many different people around, you won't be stuck to find friends. You won't be restricted to 6 flatmates

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Student Review: 3.9 /5
By member522967 On 2nd July 16 verified Verified student

I'd recommend Founder's to anyone, but before you go there you got to know some things. There are weekly fire alarms at 9am on a Thursday, you can't drink alcohol in the common room (only one on the boy's floor but everyone can use it), and some of the security team are a little too power trippin. But you really can't beat this place. I seriously doubt you can get the same social atmosphere in a flat, and the sunny quads are perfect in the summer- especially with the Crosslands bar onhand for a Pimms. Plus, any issue we had with the security team was sorted by the RSAs.

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Student Review: 3.1 /5
By member721779 On 13th April 16 verified Verified student

You have to remember you're always around people so that can be sometimes uncomfortable however it also makes you get really close to them.

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Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member821763 On 12th April 16 verified Verified student

Founders is beautiful but the only downfall is that the bathrooms are shared! Other than that it's a place like no other, who doesn't want to live in a castle?

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member721266 On 25th March 16 verified Verified student

I met the most incredible people here

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By RHULgirl On 25th March 16 verified Verified student

A great experience meeting wonderful people, and food is great value for money. Rooms are a great size and plenty of storage while the washbasins in the rooms are so useful. Plus shared bathrooms are not as bad as you'd expect!

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Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member1321108 On 21st March 16 verified Verified student

Very well located being on campus; friendly housekeeping staff and reception staff; very friendly catering staff in founder's dining hall; I have made many friends in founder's because of sharing a pantry with many people, and eating in the dining hall (because founder's is catered) - but there has never been more than three other people in the pantry at the same time, so it hasn't felt crowded; sometimes cleaning isn't perfect, but often that's because the housekeeping staff don't clean up mess students deliberately left, or couldn't be bothered to clean up (eg spilt/leaked milk in fridges in pantry); sometimes people can be noisy at night - fairly wide corridors so people sometimes mess about in them in the evening/night, and because crosslands bar is in Founders South quad, I sometimes here people being loud in the late evening; internet wifi generally good, though on one or two occassions, was noticeably slower for a few days; overall I really enjoy founders!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member24601 On 7th February 16 verified Verified student

Common room difficult to access. People can be very cliquey. Internet is horrendous, takes years to load. But the rooms are very nice.

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Student Review: 3.3 /5
By member1319906 On 28th November 15 verified Verified student

Old, warm and knackered. The best thing about this building are the 5m wide hallways. Countless hall parties to be had. Also it was two floors girls and only one floor boys.

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Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member719807 On 26th November 15 verified Verified student

Founders is good because it's so close to everything and the rooms are really great

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Student Review: 2.6 /5
By member818677 On 14th November 15 verified Verified student

There is only one common room on the boys floor (when the majority of residences are female) and it shuts at 11pm which is ridiculously early.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By John Henry 4eva On 10th November 15 verified Verified student

Such a good place in the heart of the uni, meet so many new friends but also thieves

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Student Review: 4.1 /5
By member818000 On 10th November 15 verified Verified student

There should be more communal spaces for people to meet.

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Student Review: 4.9 /5
By member917998 On 10th November 15 verified Verified student

Awesome, quite cheap but fare from my department.

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member1217996 On 10th November 15 verified Verified student

The people are sociable and since you have access to many different types of people, there is no struggle to make friends and hang out with different types of people when you want. Everything is very close by and you don't have to worry that much about being late. But most importantly, who wouldn't want to live in a castle?!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member517858 On 5th November 15 verified Verified student

The rooms are surprisingly big here. I was lucky to be placed in an even number room so I can look out at the beautiful Founders building. The toilets are cleaned daily and the pantry has everything you need in case you missed dinner. The founders dining hall is top notch. It can echo and get a bit noisy as the walls and doors are thin but the noise is dealt with really well. But if you want to party... you can't in founders which sucks.

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Student Review: 4.7 /5
By member1316959 On 18th October 15 verified Verified student

It was an amazing place to spend a year but the only downside was that the common room took too long before it was opened

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By aaronsp On 18th October 15 verified Verified student

Brilliant experience but the common room took too long to open

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1216837 On 17th October 15 verified Verified student

You will miss not having a kitchen for social reasons

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Student Review: 3.9 /5
By member1316831 On 17th October 15 verified Verified student

Cons: -Not at all soundproofed, expect to be woken frequently by inconsiderate students late at night. -There is male/female segregation, but it's ignored so it makes it a pain when you want a shower, especially in the evening/late at night. -the bedrooms are on effectively a really long corridor, rooms are spread out so it is harder to meet new people than in flats, but not impossible. (Unless you're on the 5th floor where it's basically a converted loft) -Security don't check inside halls and only sort disturbances out/come inside if there's a complaint. Pros -Rooms are incredible, designed so well and look very smart. Most rooms have a wash basin which is very useful. -All rooms are spacious, but the larger rooms have a small seating area which is a nice touch. -The corridor and toilet areas are cleaned daily so there is no mess at all. -Cleanliness is very good, and there are no bad smells. -There's never any queues for the bathroom/shower. -Incredible views.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1116277 On 4th October 15 verified Verified student

A beautiful building, with a great social buzz.

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Student Review: 4.9 /5
By member716153 On 1st October 15 verified Verified student

Incredible! Nothing to moan about!

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By HM On 1st October 15 verified Verified student

So far everyone has been incredibly friendly and its been so nice meeting such lovely people. Although we're sharing a pantry and bathrooms there hasn't been any problems with that - everyone has just been patient and considerate!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Matt Almekinders On 1st October 15 verified Verified student

Founders West was just in one word 'amazing'. I had a great time and everything was very well organised. I was catered, and every two days or so there were cleaners cleaning the whole building. Not to talk about the awesome castle that I lived in!

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Student Review: 3.1 /5
By member1016063 On 30th September 15 verified Verified student

Truly terrible hall. It's never quite, especially since when they test the fire alarm ever Tuesday morning. There is no kitchen, just a small pantry. If you want to live in a hall, whatever you do, don't choose founder's.

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Student Review: 3.9 /5
By member1315658 On 24th September 15 verified Verified student

Doesn't get much better than living in a castle! Very sociable hall. Only bad thing is common room is tiny, pantry is shared between like 40 people and its also tiny and Founders food isn't that great but its very cheap! Rooms are spacious and you get great views too!

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Student Review: 2.7 /5
By member815199 On 4th September 15 verified Verified student

Founders is beautiful and the rooms are quite big. The pantry sucks - you share three small fridges and two microwaved with thirty other people who will throw away and steal yor food. The bins are small and constantly overflowing and the Hoover is always missing for days at a time. Sort of sociable as in you live with lots of people but there wasn't a common room at all until one week before the end of the year because they were using it as 'emergency accomodation'. The cleaners let themselves into your room on inspection days!! I had my clothes from the night before on the floor and was issued a warning notice for a trip hazard and they let themselves in again the week later to check id moved my trousers? Lool ridiculous felt like I was being told off by my parents. Founders is not soundproof at all, pretty annoying when you have a paper due and your above-neighbor is playing the oboe at 1am. Also the food at founders is not good and fattening. Good location though.... Lol

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member414618 On 11th August 15 verified Verified student

Beautiful building, very social

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Student Review: 4.7 /5
By member910125 On 4th July 15 verified Verified student

Founders is a beautiful buding and and in a great location right at the heart of campus. The rooms are newly renovated and a good size. This is the cheapest accommodation as the rooms have shared bathrooms and single beds, I never had to wait for a shower.

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member129598 On 1st July 15 verified Verified student

Social, but not good if you like quiet

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member119572 On 1st July 15 verified Verified student

I loved Founders because it allowed me to meet so many new people...and you get to live in a castle!

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Student Review: 3.2 /5
By member49546 On 30th June 15 verified Verified student

Beautiful accommodation, but people steal things from the fridges in the pantry, and the bathrooms are not cleaned during the weekend which can be really gross. It is a bit overpriced, and prices are increasing every year! Sometimes the heating doesn't work, and the hall management takes some time to sort stuff out. But you are leaving in a freaking beautiful castle, it is a unique experience, and I will miss it very much!

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Student Review: 3.3 /5
By member69528 On 30th June 15 verified Verified student

Really sociable halls and nice rooms. However having communal fridges meant so much food gets stolen. Somebody even cut up a bag I put in the fridge to keep my food in, just to steal milk.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member109526 On 30th June 15 verified Verified student

Absolutely amazing! Very sociable! Best for Freshers!

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member79503 On 30th June 15 verified Verified student

Founders hall is great. The rooms are really big and very modern inside. The bathroom is shared but it's not an issue it's really easy to get a shower use the loo whenever you need to there isn't ever a que. In terms of kitchens there is founders dining hall and a pantry and everyone gets a locker. The pantry has in it a toaster, microwave, boiling hot water tap (for instant tea) and a sink. I didn't enjoy being catered the good wasn't great and I had to improvise using the microwave a lot. The social life was great everyone mixed loads and we always had founders parties in the boys corridor. Running away from security at night was always funny. We used to pre drink in the corridor. Overall I would recommend this hall to everyone even though the food wasn't great the positives of living in such a beautiful building with a fun environment out weight the negatives.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member109501 On 30th June 15 verified Verified student

Would recommend to everyone!! Best choice I made coming to uni.

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Student Review: 3.3 /5
By member79481 On 29th June 15 verified Verified student

Not sociable, no cooking. Amazing building.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member44900 On 23rd March 15 verified Verified student

Founders is the most beautiful building there is

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Student Review: 4.7 /5
By member82115 On 11th March 15 verified Verified student

Wouldn't have wanted to live anywhere else on campus. So much fun and so social! When will you ever live in such a building ever again!

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Student Review: 4.3 /5
By member81798 On 7th March 15 verified Verified student

It is a great set of halls but the cleaning is not great. But that is to be expected with the price.

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