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      25.08.2000 00:33
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      I'm a Staffs Uni graduate and lived in Stafford for a little over three years (as is the norm) and have had some negative experiences with accomodation there. Thankfully, the old flats in Highfields are now boarded up, so I won't cast judgement on the University owned accomodation. However, there is a distinct problem in Stafford with regards to the location of the University. You see, the Stafford campus is located at the far end of the town, just past the army base. This means two things: 1 if you're not careful you could live upto 6 miles away from the uni whilst still being in the boundaries of Stafford & 2 most of the nearby accomodation is unavailable because it's army housing. Therefore there is the common problem of travelling to the university. Most people try to limit this problem by living in the estates on the other side of the army base and that is as near as you can get. This means about a 30-45 min walk to Uni every day. The problem is that the areas within walking distance includes Oxford Gardens (famed for a murder a few years back, was next to a factory), Sandon Road, Bellasis Street and other poor terraced streets. Without exception, all of these roads are crime ridden. This is partly because of the high student population that are often easy (and rich) pickings for thieves, but also because of the numerous hidden back passages. Most houses are in a pretty bad way round there, run by landlords whose prime concern is to jam as many students into a house as possible. Here's my top tips to get the best student accomodation (applies to anyone really): - Pick houses that don't have a public footpath running alongside: footpaths make it easy for theives to get into the back of the house (as I found to my cost) - Avoid houses that have lanes running behind them (as previous point), this includes Oxford Gardens and some parts of Sandon Road. - Ask landlords if
      you can fit window locks (assuming they aren't fitted already) - Don't leave keys in locks or anywhere else easy to find - Don't forget the basics too: smoke alarms, fire blankets, hoover, etc. - Try to choose housemates you know - If you have a car then alarm it! Good luck!

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      31.07.2000 22:20
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      Accomodation in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of Staffordshire University, is very hit and miss. The university itself is situated in a district called Shelton which is, on the whole, a very run down area. This is 'student city' as most students live in this area. As a result there are a large number of properties available but as students outnumber available houses in this area a lot of the houses are not very well looked after by their respective owners as they know there will always be students in need of a place to live. Shelton has a higher than average crime rate but on the positive side has plenty of fast food restaurants and a very scenic and well kept park that is a popular place for students to relax on warm sunny days. The best accomodation can be found in the areas immediately surrounding Shelton such as Stoke itself. While at Staffs university I lived there for 3 years and found it to be a good place to live. It is a ten minute walk from the university. The student accomodation is better kept and close by there are a few supermarkets...there are none in shelton. The average rent is probably about £36pw and offers good value for money. The same type of price applies for Shelton but there you will generally get less value for your money.

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      29.06.2000 04:05
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      Dear All, My mates at uni have one of the top places to live possible. Unfortuanly it is slowly breaking up as they go back to there perspective homes. The gaff is a hip hop hive of activity. It buzzes with light and colour and fantastic things. It is used for regular drunkard activities...many a frijj fight has happened there. Also sparring mates are a plenty. its a top place! I would recommend anyone in Stafford staying there. Basically a wonderful enrgetic place which will live long and prosper...much like my gorgoues irish girlfriend Claire!

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