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halls v houses
Accommodation in general
Member Name: Annalog
Accommodation in general
Date: 04/07/00, updated on 04/07/00 (208 review reads)
Advantages: Halls: cooking & cleaning done for you
Disadvantages: Bathrooms & being stuck with people you might not like
For 1st year students, the most common choice of accomodation is University halls of residence. Whilst each of the 6 halls does have its own unique features, there are more similarites than differences between them. Everyone has there own opionion as to which is better; the only advice I would give is don't believe everything that the Uni housing leaflet tells you - often they advertise features which no longer exist, such as snack bars or darkrooms. It is best to go and visit the halls to get a feel for them if you can.
Hall food isn't too bad at all, as long as you don't go expecting top-class restaurant quality. Halls also have the advantage that you don't have to clean much for yourself - bins get emptied and your room gets a cursory hoover once a week.
However, there are down sides. If you don't get on with the people on your corridor, then there isn't a lot you can do about it. (Although room changes are possible sometimes.) Also, the cleanliness of the bathrooms often leaves a lot to be desired, especially at weekends. If you can afford it, it is probably worth choosing an en suite room in the halls that provide them. Certainly less disgusting when you go for a shower in the morning.
University Flats (such as Broad Lane and Mappin Court) offer a good good compromise between living in your own house and living in hall - you are automatically placed within a community, and you get your cleaning done for you. However, you have to cook for yourself, and there tend to be far fewer organised social activities. The flats I've been in have all seemed very nicely furnished and modern.
If you choose to live in a house, you can opt for a private landlord or the Uni owned houses. In theory, being in a Uni house is a good idea because it reduces the chance of you being screwed over by your landlord. However, the houses are not always great, and somehow feel less "homely" than most priva
Rent in the student areas of Sheffield (Crookes, Broomhill, Hunters Bar) is usually around £35 - £45 per week which is quite reasonable. They are all good places to live, with plenty of shops and pubs etc near by.
Most older students opt to live in houses rather than halls; it certainly feels a lot more civilised.
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