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Hatfield is quite expensive for what it is. The university makes the town, it is the only source of nightlife other than a Wetherspoons. The university has a couple of bars and a nightclub on campus. Hatfield does have the galleria which is a large shopping centre and it has very good train links with London so you can easily go for the day. There are some nice restaurtants in Hatfield but just not a huge selection of independant ones.
First year at this uni, during the pandemic has been somewhat kind of a nightmare. Before the pandemic hit, the on campus accommodation that I lived in had many technical issues! One of those was the vacuum that was already broken before me and my housemates had moved in. When Covid hit, I had to leave my contract early, and the university withheld my security deposit within any actual reason and enforced a damage fee on my household individually which was very heartbreaking. At one point they still wanted students to pay for a full term even if you decided to leave the university and head back home! We have been very vocal on our disappointment on how they have handled their students this year, hopefully they’ll do something about this and comeback with better grace for the following year. I have emailed just recently in regards to receiving my security deposit back as the pandemic has hit myself and family hard and employment is becoming hard to find. I’m due to just transferring!
Depressing, nothing to do and very overpriced. Walking alone in Hatfield makes you feel quite unsafe due to quite a lot of dodgy characters in the area and close to the university. Public transport used to be pretty decent but the bus service (UNO) has had some budget cuts recently, therefore making transport more expensive and less frequent. On the plus side, you are about 25-30 minutes away from London (so that's something I guess!)
Good variety of restaurants nearby at the galleria that are affordable on a student budget. Majority of nights out are spent at the forum but there are opportunities to get a bus to Oceania from college lane campus. Galleria also have good shops. Public transport isn't brilliant, uno buses arnt very reliable and the shuttle bus is often full.