Hi there, I study Chemistry at the university of hull, I stayed at needler for my first year and have just this day finished here. I will be short and swift to the point, I am writing this because you need to know the TRUTH, the uni make it out to be something it isn't, obviously.. they want you to stay there.
- Very cheap - more nights out, more money, more food.. less debt.
- Semi catered (dinners), you get a dinner daily, 7 days a week, can go up for seconds and a dessert.
- There are big common rooms, which as a group you can socialise, drink(pre drink before going out - this saves money and is common at uni), you can watch tv, play games, hold parties etc.
- There are 2 games room , one has table tennis, the other has a pool table.
- You get your room cleaned every 14 days.
- There are wardens available 24/7 incase you need them/emergencies, getting locked out of room etc.
- There is a library with computers and wifi.
- Although semi-catered, the food is almost ALL fried, normally very little choice for vegetables, ie. always baked beans because they're cheap, now and again carrots or peas. Rarely any choice for vegies.
- Although common rooms and game rooms, they all close at 11PM, except the big common room which can be kept open till 3-ish on request.
- Although two games rooms, both tables are tarnished, old and no equipment is provided with them, such as NO pool cues or table tennis bats, also the pool room is currently closed due to damage to the table.
- Although you get your room cleaned, it's inconvenient because they come at 10-11AM ish, which if you don't have lectures/have late lectures on that day, is VERY bad. Also you have to wait for them to hoover your room, since you're not allowed one yourself!
- The wardens only work a few hour shift at a time, unless it's a 'real' emergency you shouldn't knock for them when out of duty hours, BY THE WAY, AFTER 4AM IF YOU'RE LOCKED OUT OF YOUR ROOM - NOT CONSIDERED AN EMERGENCY, you have to find a friends floor - very bad.
- There is a library, which is a massive advantage and good feature to have, the downside is that the wifi is not very reliable and has a relatively week signal strength to that at the uni campus.
- THERE IS A FIRE ALARM DRILL, EVERY, YES EVER MONDAY MORNING AT 9:45-10AM ISH, very BAD, it is deafening, too loud and dangerous for the ears, it only lasts about 10-20 seconds because it's just a check but it's a terrible disadvantage and not something anybody wants to wake up to.
- Shared toilet/bathroom facilities, you never know what state the bathroom is going to be left in, and there is approx 1 shower per 8-10 people ish.
- NEW WING IS EXTREMELY HOT, sometimes unbearable in your own room, that's with the window open and radiator off.
- THERE IS NO hot water in new wing from about 1 AM to 8 AM.
There are 3 wings, old, new and domestic, DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE NAMES, old wing have slightly bigger rooms, SINKS in their rooms (BELIEVE ME, IT'S WORTH IT, I DIDN'T HAVE ONE AND WISHED I DID ALL YEAR) and is not soo hot. Old wing > Domestic > New wing, that's just how it is, ask for a basin at all costs! The porters (day/night duty wardens/care takers) are lovely, the day porter Dave is nice to talk to and deals with you kindly, effectively and will have a laugh with you as an adult. John, the night porter is very similar, both near retirement age, lovely, kind men and a good laugh, not to mention a place to go for advice!
It's up to you at the end of the day, but you must remember, Needler, as a hall, is seperated from thwaite and the lawns, although only 160-190 ish students/year, everyone will talk to everyone, the hall environment is great, at the lawns people stay in their blocks, (blocks a, b, c ,d and e) within their seperate halls, so the community and friend aspects, not to mention hands on facilities, like a library and common rooms are FAR better at needler. I would say, if you can put up with sharing toilets/bathrooms, some days having a shitty dinner and a fire alarm on a monday morning, the rest of it is so worth it, I've given a balanced review and to be honest, I'd stay here again, for sure.
During my first year at university (2009-2010), I stayed in university owned accommodation. I picked the Lawns because I had read that that was the place to be to meet a lot of people and I picked Grant hall because it offered catered en-suite rooms. The block I was allocated in was Grant D (for any of you doing your research for rooms).
The Room - My room at Grant hall was what I considered very nice for a University room. It cost me roughly£117 a week although they took out the payments each term. You also have to pay a deposit of £150 before you start your stay. It came with a single bed with mattress protector, side table, a desk with draws, a small metal bin and a wardrobe. The rooms at the Lawns (all but what are considered 'small' rooms and Ferens) come with a balcony. These are good if you are a smoker because you can go and pop just outside your room to smoke instead of making your way outside the block (because all halls are non-smoking, which is great for non-smokers like myself). Balcony's don't tend to be used often if your not a smoker because the majority of the time your staying there will be in the cold months anyway. The en-suites are great too! The only blocks that have them in Grant hall are A, D & E (Please note if you are desperate for en-suite accommodation, put in your request for which rooms you would like as soon as it comes through the post. If you leave it a day you won't get your preference). You have a cleaner to clean your halls five times a week and they will clean your room once a week unless it's too untidy. Our cleaner happened to be very nice though she is under instruction to bin all unwashed utensils from the kitchen after about 3 days (you will get a days notice though). Each of the three kitchens in our block were very spacious but the only negative was that you had to share one fridge-freezer between 7 people - nightmare! There are 7 rooms to each floor and there are three floors. Being on the top floor like myself was a nightmare when you had heavy shopping to carry up stairs.
The Hall - Grant hall has a common room and utilities room for all to use. The washing machines cost £2 a time in 50p's and come with washing soap in the machine all ready. I would say that Grant's common room looks like the worst out of all the other Halls' common rooms because there was only a flat-screen TV without signal and rubbishy hard furniture. Unlike other halls, it seemed people from Grant would only use the common room on occasion. ***Note: I am basing this on my 2009-2010 experience. Things could have changed***
Situated - Grant hall is situated right at the back of the Lawns complex. Again, if you have a lot of heavy shopping, this can be annoying. Also when you want to go for dinner and it's raining, it seems like the longest trek ever. In order of front to back of the complex it goes: Ferens, Lambert (ideal spot for lazy people), Nicholson, Morgan, Downs, Reckitt then Grant. Since most student's live at the Lawns, it makes it very handy to pop round to your friends for a chat or get help with work. All the halls apart from Ferens (which seems rather detached) are situated around a massive hilly field of grass (hence the name 'The Lawns'). It is a great place to be in the last moths of your stay (which has the warmer weather) because many people arrange to play block games and have barbecues out in the sun. The Lawns complex also has it's own bar in the centre and the drinks are pretty cheap. In the bar they hold quiz nights and put football match's on the large flat screens. It is very much like a local pub.
The Food - All halls at the Lawns (bar Nicholson because they are self-catered) are entitled to a dinner at The Lawns Centre. On your arrival they make arrangements to make a dinner card for you which you must show every time you collect your food. Remember to take two passport style photos with you because they use them in these dinner cards. The food it's self is not great. In my experience, the food tastes OK when you are first there, and as time goes on it appears worse and worse. I don't know whether it's the quality going downhill or whether me and my friends were just fed up of it. You would get an option of what you want for dinner each night. They would serve your main dish on a plate for you and you could help yourself to sides (from hot things such as chips and carrots to the salad bar of coleslaw and pasta salad). Your dinner came with either a juice or a desert (you couldn't have both - annoying!). I always ended up always getting a baguette for my dinner. Jacket potatoes are available every day as well. Regular meal times ran from 5pm-6.30pm. Snack bar (where you can take your food back to your room, designed for people who work to late who could not get their meal at regular dinner times) starts at 7pm. Again you need to take your dinner card. At snack bar you usually get a choice of baguettes, jacket potatoes and the days leftovers with chips and leftover stuff from the salad bar. I preferred this but only because I hated the canteen system of the 5pm-6.30pm. *Warning for weight worriers! You cannot watch the calories with Lawns centre food. Most of the girls I had spoken to gained so much weight through these dinners, that some ended up going on a diet and not eating the meal they had paid for*
The Village - The Lawns (like the Needler residence) is situated in the lovely village of Cottingham. The village is a couple of miles out from the University so I would recommend investing in a bus pass or biking to university. The Lawns is not far from the centre of Cottingham full of little shops which makes it useful if you want to do some food shopping. It has a Heron Frozen Foods (which is like Iceland or Farmfoods) and a convenience Sainsbury's shop. For students that like a drink, there is Rhythm and Booze and anyone that wants a nice meal out can attend an Italian restaurant called Pascos which is not too far away.
Would I recommend Grant Hall - Personally, I would have much rather stayed in Nicholson Hall's en-suite blocks because its a self-catering hall and it's closer to the bus stop (but that's because I am lazy). I liked living in Grant hall because I had the luxury of an en-suite but I would recommend anyone wanting en-suite accommodation to try and get a place in Nicholson. Even the people in my block who hated cooking said they would have preferred ready meals and takeways each night. The fact we were paying around £20 a week more than Nicholson en-suite residents for food we did not even like was terrible. The food at the Lawns is what makes me rate Grant around 4 stars. The plus points of living there though is the en-suite facility and The Lawns community environment.
The provision of accomodation besides that of the university in Hull, is excellent. There is a surplus of student accomodation in Hull so it is easy to find somewhere nice and inexpensive to live. The majority of the accomodation is based around the Newland Avenue/Beverly Rd area which is also a busy area of shops and pubs. Theres a large number of different accomodation agencys to choose from, every year the university newspaper runs a survey of students on what they think of their landlords, the results are published in the newspaper and should also be available from the union themselves. House sizes range from those for 2 people up to massive houses for 14, if you want one that big then you have to get in early. Officially renting season starts in Hull in about the first week of February, however in order to get a big house you will probably have to start looking before that. A problem with having to decide so early is that by the following September you may not want to live with the people you signed a contract with. Beware of stepping into this trap as landlords will in the majority of cases not let you out of your contract. I know this from personal experience, when I had my son his fathers landlord refused point blank to let him move out so he could come and live with his family, the request was made before the start of the new term as well so like i said be warned. Price wise you can expect to pay about £30 a week without your bills, which you are left to fight over between yourselves. If you do have problems with either your landlord, your house or your housemates and cannot find a way to resolve it there are people in the union designed to help you out so you don't have to deal with it yourself. Otherwise if you had obliging parents consider buying your own property, you can pick up a reasonable property for about £30,000, typical 3 bedroomed house with a small garden and if you're lucky double glazing and centr
At the moment I'm a first-year student at the Scarborough campus of Hull uni. The summer of 2000 saw the final integration of Hull University with what used to be University College Scarborough, so you may still find references to UCS in places. You should be aware that all your dealings will primarily go through Hull uni before you come into contact with the specific admin people at the Scarborough campus. I joined in something of a rush, initially having decided not to bother going to uni, but in the end I was lucky to get a room in the halls of residence - or so I thought. Eight weeks into the first term, they were still advertising the spare, unoccupied rooms and I can see why. There isn't anything intrinsically wrong with the halls. It's a single modern building (built around 1992 as conference accomodation, then bought by the uni), and the rooms themselves are all en-suite and quite attractive. The en-suite facilities in particular are a real bonus as the thought of traipsing up and down the halls every time you want a shower doesn't sound too great to me. The small shower/toilet room is functional so there can be no complaints there. You may be lucky enough to get one of the second/third floor disabled rooms (as ridiculous as that sounds, especially considering there is no lift access) which are slightly larger than all the others on the floor. With blocks from A-F and 3 floors in each with 10 rooms a floor, it is quite a large building with something like 180 rooms. This caters for the majority of freshers who wish to stay in halls; this year it even proved to be an excess as they are not filled. There is something niggling that just doesn't let the place... appeal to me. The atmosphere is quite strange, as the building encircles a central grass area, so it feels like you're always under scrutiny. If you're lucky enough to get one of the very few rooms that face outwards with a sea view (I was :
)), you're not so bad though. Lighting is also a little unusual, employing softer yellow tones which can make the corridors feel a little gloomy. One kitchen is shared per floor (10 people), which is OK as most people in the halls get £5 worth of food a day to spend at the canteen which isn't all that bad. If you're anything like me, you'll probably only use the kitchen maybe once a day at nights. Unfortunately there is no cooker in the kitchens, only a microwave, which can be a major inconvenience for some who like to eat something better than endless microwave food. Halls aside, the uni accomodation office runs an impressive list of local properties available for private rent. This seems to be a popular option among students, many of whom only come to Scarborough as a last resort and find it too late to get into the halls. Scarborough has many fine housing areas and they are all very reasonably priced. Which brings me to perhaps the worst aspect of the halls, the price. Cayley Hall, the big main building, costs £2500/36 weeks, which I'm told by friends at other institutions is well above average. This price does include £500 worth of food from the canteen (or more accurately, £5/day) but when you consider it is possible to rent a room privately for as little as £25/week plus food, you can see how expensive the halls are at around £70-80/week. It's hard to summarise the halls at Scarborough. There's nothing wrong with the building itself, and it's located in one of the nicest areas in Scarborough, around 15 minutes from the town centre (along The Most Boring Road In The World). But at times it has a funny atmosphere and I for one, am already looking forward to getting my own place for the second year.
i spent my first wonderful year as a fresher at Hull uni in the even more wonderful ferens hall. It's stuck in a small village several miles from the town centre (but it does have a windmill nearby), so you do feel a bit out of touch with reality, or maybe that was just hull in general. the accommodation fees were slightly expensive, bearing in mind the quality of the food we were actually served with, and also the fcat that the bar in the jcr only opens about twice a year which isn't particularly useful. but all in all, my year at ferens was good fun, although i was glad to move into a student house afterwards.
I have just finished my first year at Hull uni and I loved every second of it. One of the things that has made the last year so good was where I lived, the Lawns complex. The lawns consists of six halls, a mini market and 'the centre'. The halls were all built in the 60's and this is reflected in their interior, lets just say that brown is the predominant colour and they are not the brightest place in the world. Howvever once you have moved your stuff in and got over the shock of the miniscule bed (possibly a ONE PERSON ONE BED scheme, although it still fails!!), your hall will fill up with everyone elses junk and rubbish and will begin to look and feel like a home. Think of your bedroom at home at its messiest, it is like living in a large version of that room and never having to tidy it!!! (well maybe i lived in an unnecessarily scruffy hall!). It is excellent for first years to live here as you are in the same position as everyone else and make friends really quickly. With so many students around it is hard not to meet like-minded people, find friends and yes if you really want to you could pull one of the unwashed scruffs who live there!! The only real disadvantages are 1: the food, if you have the composite scheme, is disgusting. That is no exaggeration, we used to mash our leftovers up at the end of the meal just so they couldn't use them in the next day!!(they probably still did though). 2: it is quite a long way to uni, the bus costs £1.70 return and it will take you an hour to walk, oh and it rains a lot. 3:the cleaneras are allowed to take your pots away after 24 hours of them being dirty, might pay off to have paper plates!! 4:the mini market has bizarre opening hours and is never open Advantages...everything else, the bar, the guy who looks like stavros with a kevin keegan perm who works there, the people, the late night drinking sessions on the grass, thunderstorms, cheap beer, cheep beer, EVERYTHING!!
I spent my first year at Hull in Needler Hall before moving out renting houses with friends. On a general note I would say Hall accomodation is ideal for 1st years going to Uni away from home. It is a great place to make friends quickly and meet people other than those on your course. However as it is the domain mainly of 1st year students I definitely say one year is enough. In my experience the people who stay on longer are those who can't find anyone willing to share a house with them.... Enough said. If it's all night parties, riots and noise your after, then Needler is not for you, but Ferens probably is. If you like cooking for yourself, then the Lawms are for you. If you came to college to do nothing but study, try Cleminson or Thwaite. But if you want a good size room to yourself in accomodation shared with a very mixed, easy going crowd who like a good laugh, then Needler is for you. Besides Ferens and it's parties are just 5 minutes anyway. All the above Halls ar in Cottingham, and its about about a 10-15min bike ride from Needler to Uni. Most people catch the bus. Cottingham has a few pubs (the Cross keys right next to the hall is OK), but the bars at the Lawns are most popular 'cos there cheap! The biggest drawback about Needler (in my day anyway) isthe food. There's plenty of it, so no problem there, but the quality is questionable. Needlers chicken supreme is a funny shade of green, and so will you be if you eat it.....
I lived in Ferens Hall in my first year (way back in 1990/91). As a traditional Hall of Residence it offers the advantages of full board (no bills, cooking or cleaning) AND is also next to the Lawns Centre which has its own bars, shop, mini cinema etc. It also has a majority of single rooms (no en-suite though) which has obvious advantages to extra-curricular activities. Obviously I have no idea how expensive it is to live there now but I found it far cheaper than "living out" which I did for the other 2 yrs. There were many outings (mostly pub crawls!) and social events organised by th JCR which had a virtually 100% membership. Most of us would have happily lived there all 3 years but unfortunately Freshers get priority.
The Lawns halls are a complex of six near identical halls of residence, located on the outskirts of Hull, in what claims to be the largest village in the country (when I say outskirts, I mean surrounded by fields on two sides), with meals and bars contained in a large Lawns centre. There are just over 800 students in the Lawns, and it's that size that makes it so good. In effect it is a mini campus. If you are in the Lawns you will use the Lawns Bar, shop in Cottingham rather Hull, and generally feel a little seperate from the main campus. That is both the strength and weakness of the Lawns. Because of it's size and distance from the campus, it has a different feel to the rest of the University. I spent four years in the Lawns, as did several of my friends, and enjoyed every year more than the one before. Having said that, I was in the self catering hall, so I've never eaten the centre's food This is a good place to spend your first year - you will almost certainly find that some of your friends are in the Lawns, and there are regular events at the lawns centre. A good starting place for the student life.