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Accommodation in general
Member Name: colmans_mustard
Accommodation in general
Date: 06/07/00, updated on 06/07/00 (820 review reads)
Advantages: Gets you out of the hell hole more commonly known as halls
Disadvantages: No cleaners
So, you've spent a year in halls. You have mastered the art of stealing two puddings in the lunch queue, know all the best times to go down to the computer room to avoid the arts students frantically typing up their essays and most importantly made friends with the barman so you can harass him to put countdown on the big screen in the bar....
But lets face it, halls are for freshers. All the civilised cultured folk live elsewhere. But why? Is it a highly secretive plot to stay away from the freshers and hence the obligotary questions "where are you from?" and "what course are you doing?" and the suchlike? Or is there an actual reason why there is a mass exodus out of halls at the end of the first year?
In short yes. Halls are great for making new friends when you first arrive, finding your feet and creating a feeling of independance whilst still getting all your hoovering done by someone else. In my personal opinion, I liked my year in halls, I met a lot of people that I wouldn't have otherwise and generally had a good laugh. But you wouldn't catch me going there again, after a while the constant noise from someone in the building, set meal times and random cleaners waking you up when you want to sleep really get upo your nose....
For most people this means a move to privately rented accomodation, which in itself throws up a whole new set of questions, like where? The main student areas for sheffield uni are Crookes, Broomhill, and Walkley.
Broomhill you will probably already be familiar with, the famous home of the worlds best record shop and possibly the best place to end up after a really good piss up (the infamous balti king) and of course ainsley harriots favourite chippy, the broomhill friery. On the living in broomhill front, prices are slightly more expensive than elsewhere, mostly due to the lack of terraced housing. But this does come with the advantage of a respectable area and a very han
dy supermarket in the form of somerfield.
If your wallet is particularly important to you, then walkely is the place to be. The Steel Press is pretty mercilous about walkely, and with good reason. It just isn't a very nice place, short on decent shops, street lighting and police riot squads. Housing is cheap for this reason. However it has been known for people to find quite nice, reasonably priced accomodation in a semi decent area. This is a place for the bargain hunters amongst you!
And finnaly crookes. Well, this is probably the most popular area as housing is plentiful, cheap and has a fairly decent shopping centre close by (if you don't mind shopping in the coop that is). Other handy ameanaties include no less than four decent pubs all within a drunken stagger of each other, lots of take outs and a video rental shop. All in all not bad.
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