This information on accomodation in general is accurate because was given by a person who has first hand experience in Cliff. This will definetel help those aspiring to join it make a decision from an iformed point of view. Generally accommodation in universities are standard enough to meet the expections ot students as privacy is also emphasize in some accomodation facilties. But on the other hand some of the accomodation do not meet the standard of those intending to use them hence emphasisn of improvements.
Clifton Hill House is in a great location. It's in the centre of Clifton, with easy access to shops, the Student Union and only a short walk to lectures. This has the obvious convenience benefits and also makes you feel more involved in a life beyond the student bubble.
Clifton also has the best food of any catered hall. Although at slightly early hours (who eats dinner at 5.30pm?!) there is always a choice of two or three mains, plus salad bar, plus desert, plus fruit, plus yoghurt which is considerably better than other places. And it tastes good.
Clifton is also a registered building, which means the old part is beautiful, as are the surrounding gardens. But the majority of people who live here are actually in the two newer wings: Fry and South Wing which have box rooms, and toilets and kitchens shared between about 30. The kitchens are poorly equiped, they have microwaves, toasters and toastie machines. Hobs and ovens are prohibted for fire safety reasons. This seems a little excessive as self catered halls, and most other catered halls manage fine with them. Cooking becomes significantly more difficult - baked potato again anyone? Fry Wing bedrooms don't even have their own sinks.
I've found it feels more like a boarding school. Rules are strictly enforced and drinking discouraged. The bar has no atmosphere - set in a huge orange room with plastic tables and chairs stuck randomly around and a big stage at one end it feels like a church or assembly hall. The cd player doesn't normally work, or if it does the music is generally terrible. Oh! but don't let me forget - it does have some flashing lights! In reality it is just a big room that serves alcohol. Small modifications would be required to change it; pull the wooden shutters across to half the room, put the sofas around the tables, fix the CD player and let the students choose the music. Perhaps paint the walls white - but i can see that costs money so it isn't necessary. But the warden is unwilling to make it more conducive to drinking and socialising as that would encourage drunken students.
Although it is beneficial to be in the centre, the result is that the hall loses it's sense of community as everyone can leave and go out into the city. The halls in stoke bishop, although a 30 minute trek away, retain a sense of unity and have a better social atmosphere.
This is the most expensive hall, but it isn't worth the cost. If your priority is to live in the centre, look at either Manor Hall or Goldney. If you want catered, put up with bad food for a year and go somewhere in Stoke Bishop.
I was a student at Clifton hill House in my first year, and absolutely loved it, recommending it above any other hall to my best friends sister, and numerous other mates thinking of bristol. It's atmosphere is easily a top reason for coming, and being a catered hall (with good food) means it is very social, and i had friends throughout the building. The staff encourage a friendly environment and always have time to help or chat. It is very close to uni, and has a vibrant life of productions music and sport to be involved in. There are also free squash and tennis courts.
I've loved my time here, just as I'm sure the majority of students enjoy their time in any university. Uni life is such a good time, and a unique one. Enjoy it, and I'd definitely whole heartedly recommend Clifton hill house.
This article is primarily being written to help people reach a porperly informed conclusion about this hall. The aticle previously posted here (by most_disgusted) is unfortunately biased, for various reasons, towards strong disfavour of CHH.
I can honestly say that this hall has been a great pleace to stay for this past year, and I hope I can show you why I feel so.
The food provided here is generally very good, especially for Formal Dinners, when the kitchen has a little more money to play with. That said, it can start to get a bit monotonous occasionally, but find somewhere catering for this many people that doesn't occasionally.
The hall is located jus 5 minutes' walk from the centre of Clifton Village, and the same from Clifton Triangle, both major shopping and cultural areas. It takes less than 15 minutes to get to virtually all lectures, and even less to get to the city centre and waterfront.
Virtually all the rooms are single (there are two shared for girls only in OC wing), they vary in size, the ones in South Wing being smallest, those in the OC generally the largest. They are all large enough to hold 6-10 people seated or standing, and come with a desk, fitted wardrobe, bed, shelving and bedside cabinet. A noticeboard is provided, as is one desk lamp and a telephone. In common with all UoB phones, calls internal to the university are free.
About 12 people share one bathroom (with varying numbers of facilites) and 12 share a smallish kitchen, up to 24 to a larger (Fry Wing) one. They have drawers, cupboards, fridges, kettles, toasters & microwave ovens. Hobs and cookers are not provided, although students are permitted to bring grills and toastie makers.
Price is fairly expensive for UoB, but reasonable in a national context:
£4183 for a single room - to include meals as follows:
Mon-Fri: Breakfast & evening dinner
Sat: Brunch (1000-1230)
Sun: Breakfast & lunnch.
This price includes a £200 returnable deposit, contents insurance (and in-transit insurance) and a subscription to the JCR (Junior Common Room), which ensures that there is some money available for ents.
It is the only catered hall in Clifton, and the nearest catered hall to main lecture areas. Being catered does mean that if not present for a meal, you miss out on what you pay for. Nearby self-catered alternatives are:
Winkworth House (add 4 minutes to lectures walk)
Goldney Hall (add 1 minute to lectures walk)
Manor Hall (take 1 minute from lectures walk)
The Hall Bar (The Three Horses) is small but well-stocked, and offers what are purportedly the cheapest drinks in the whole of Bristol.
CHH is strong in both music and drama, and regular events take place in the common room involving both. Major events such as Snowball in December are organised to cater for people both inside and out of hall.
Also on site are 4 squash courts and a tennis court, which are very convenient.
This is only a flavour of what CHH life is like, but you can come along at virtually any time during daylight and reception staff (0117 90 351 90)will be delighted to show you round.
I decided to apply to stay at Clifton Hill House for two main reasons: it is close to the city centre (bars and clubs) and university buildings, so it is much more convenient than the Stoke Bishop halls. Also, the food at CHH was supposed to be good. I had read that the rules were strictly enforced and that it had a very strong Christian vibe but I thought I could put up with those things.
However, I wish I had never moved in here. This place is hell. For starters the rules ARE strictly enforced, very strictly in fact. The dictators who rule this place will pull you up for the most minor infractions. Fines and community service are common place. Noise after 10pm is not tolerated - 'noise' being talking in your room, drinking is frowned upon, games and having fun are banned. Kitchens must be kept spotless, the hall bar is pathetic, the entertainments provided are lame, the whole atmosphere of the place reflects that of a nunnery.
My floor has been castigated for noise, collecting beer bottles in the corridor, rearranging the kitchen, drawing on a plastic table cloth... Two people on our floor have been forced to move rooms for pathetic reasons. The staff are unfriendly, they patronise you and twist what you say.
The rooms (except in Calendar and Old Clifton, which are girls only btw) are old and the bathrooms dirty.
Basically, I emplore you not to choose Clifton Hill House. I am of course bitter towards this place but what I have said is true. Please do not apply to Clifton Hill House.........
This is meant to be Accommodation in general, well I've lived all over Bristol! So I'll share with you what bits of town were like when I was in town. Ready? All aboard: Goldney Hall of Residence, 1994/95/96. Beautiful place. I'll give a proper review of it in the Specific Halls bit. Really nice rooms, beautiful location (in the 19th Century grounds of Goldney Manor with interesting statues and follies including an underground grotto). Cotham Hill/Redland, 96/97 Lived in an upstairs flat near to the big Sainsburys on Whiteladies Road. Redland was known as studentland, full of private rented accommodation which were notoriously crammed with students. Got 2 rooms? Make three student bedrooms out of them... So long as you don't mind Magnolia paint and furniture which has never seen anything like MFI never mind Ikea then you'll be fine. And the uni campus is walkable from Redland (unless you're a vet, or a medic on assignment somewhere miles away). Park Row, in the summer of ninety-seven... Park Row is about as central as you can get. I could've rolled out of bed into uni in 4 minutes, if I wasn't so vain... Southville, 97 The wrong side of the river. Still, near to the waterfront of the Arnolfini Art Centre (fantastic) and the Watershed. Not so well served by transport. Redland again, 97/98 Deeper and darker Redland, still nice though. See above. Clifton Village, 98/99 Now Clifton is nice. Just around the corner from Goldney and some other halls. Basic useful shops, and fashion boutiques. Clifton downs are nice (there is a lot of green space in Bristol) and the amazing Clifton Suspension Bridge is well worth visiting on nice days. The area is very expensive though, and you don't get what you pay for, if you know what I mean. Generally Bristol is a lovely place, it's just universally expensive to live in. I stayed in halls for 2 years and t
hen moved out and had to unfortunately move around a lot - but my experience is uncommon. You could just find one flat and stay there.
Durdham Hall is basically fantastic. A self catered hall built in 1994 it has one of the best reputations of all the University of Bristol Halls. The rooms are organised in flats of 6 or 7 people, each room has ensuite shower, toilet and sink AND heated towel rail!! What more could you ask for (other than a bath!!) The kitchens are more than ample - supplied with 2 fridges and 2 freezers, 2 sinks, and two cookers (or 1 cooker and 1 microwave). There is a loads of cupboard and shelf space to stash your economy tins of beans and pots and pans. Each room also has its own telephone on a university network - no queuing at the payphone, bills are sent monthly with no rental charges. There is also a computer network socket in each room to connect you to the university network where you can check your email every 10 seconds if you want and browse the entire world wide web for anything from the comfort and privacy of your own room. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it and get serious withdrawal symptoms when you leave. The hall itself has a really friendly atmosphere, its easy to meet people and life long friends in the halls own bar, which is reputably the best hall bar with its extremely wide selection of drinks, particularly spirits. The bar also has Sky TV, a pool table, table tennis, darts, Playstation and a selection of board games you can borrow. The walls are covered in weird yet exciting murals to liven the place up a bit and the Junior Common Room committee have an excellent reputation for putting on fantastic entertainments (ents) to cater for all tastes. It is quite common to see residents from other halls visiting regularly as well as ex Durdhamites who can't resist coming back. The bar has an electric vibe on these fun nights and a nice chilled feeling the rest of the week, with the comfy seats and the ambient lighting. Bar work is also an excellent way to earn a few extra pennies. Other facilities include a 2
4Hr computer room if you haven't got one in your room, a laundry and a music room/conference room with a piano. The hall staff, particularly the porters are really friendly - if you come to Durdham look out for Chris and the new porter Doug who always seems to be beaming to make you feel welcome and both ready to sort out any maintenance problems you have. The housekeeper, Julie, is wonderful, any problem large or small she'll be there or just pop in for a chat. The compliment of tutors is also excellent, very approachable and willing to help out beyond the call of duty. The hall is situated right in the middle of the Stoke Bishop halls and just up the hill from the new Hiatt Baker Union Shop for all your needs (well nearly all - its definitely very handy). All the halls are within a few minutes walk from each other - ideal for bar crawls, to meet new faces or course mates. The Downs, a vast expance of open grass land, are also so close by to play sport or relax in the summer sun (!?!), you are also very close to Coombe Dingle - the universities sports site. There is so much more I could say, such as the oodles of tennis courts, squash courts freely available for use by the halls the green, relaxed out of town feel - its just so nice. As you can tell I really enjoyed living here. The only minor thing is the distance to the university but walk in with friends and you'll not notice the distance and you can do a bit of window shopping down Whiteladies or catch a bus or cycle or if you wealthy enough hire a taxi. All in all Durdham is a fantastic hall to live in - everyone I know loved it as much as me and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
The buildings at badock are fairly shabby, and the rooms despite being quite large, often suffer from lack of facilities, especially a wash basin. None of the rooms have en-suite either, which has the benefit of keeping the price down. In my time at badock I found there to be an excellent mix of people, from the inevitable sloanes, to skater dudes, and everywhere in between. The hall has a good sporting record and there are plenty of other facilites, such as a dark room and computer room (although there are only 5 computers.) The unit system at Badock means the 300 odd students live in blocks of around 30-40. most units inspire a great sense of community, usually without cliqueness, and many ex-Badock students such as myself live with people from their unit when they move out. The meals are bad, but you can live with them, the bar is ok but with good ents, as there frequently are, it really comes alive.
This is a self-catering hall of residence in Clifton about 15 minutes walk from most departments. Set in the grounds of a Bristol merchant's house, it is probably the most pituresque of the halls and definitely the most popular and over-subscribed. There are several acres of landscaped gardens, featuring a number of 'follies' such as the 'canal', the grotto and the rotunda. Students live in flats of between 6-8 people, all mixed sex. All bedrooms have a washbasin, are larger than many other halls and the bathroom facilities are fairly generous. Every room is also equipped with a phone (although they are not terribly reliable). The kitchens are large, but basic - bring your microwave if you have one! Goldney is a very sociable hall and there are numerous activities happening most weeks organised by an enthusiastic and hardworking JCR. The great atmosphere is probably down to a higher than average proportion of 2nd and 3rd year students, which gives a more adult feel to the place and means there is plenty of friendly support from students who know what they are doing! I loved living in Goldney. It is beautiful, friendly and more like a home from home than any other hall of residence I ahve visited. The warden and members of staff are extremely supportive and the pastoral care system excellent. Watch out for Zed (former infamous resident who still pops up occasionally) if you visit or decide this is where you want to live in Bristol.