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Needler Hall 2012-2013 review, 1ST YEAR, UNBIAS
Accommodation in general
Author Name: Gary Dowsett
Accommodation in general
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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.
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