I was also searching for old news of an old haunt when I came across this appalling review. What a load of rubbish. This person clearly was never going to enjoy uni accommodation.Cranbourne was where I met my closest friends, had THE most fun, and learnt loads about myself!Yes it might get dirty, but then as a flat you should have cleaned it.Cranbourne = the best year of my life!
As i was scanning for any news of my old halls of residence, just to pass the time and reminiss about the good old days i came accross the only one review about it. and it was awful, so awful infact that i felt i had to say about the good side of Cranbourne House.
Cranbourne house, in effect does exactly what it says on the tin! it's a student Uni's primary Halls of residence. there are bound to be a few problems due to the sheer mass of people that are there. but with this huge number of people around you, you will make some of the best bonds and friendships in your life, the design of the halls is setup into three flats on each floor, with eight rooms in each. the flats and kitchens can indeed get dirty, BUT that's because a load of students are living there!! the layout lets people from the whole floor socialise with ease whilst still maintaining a good element of privacy. friends are always made throughout a whole block and bu the end you know almost everyone you see in one way or another.
the location is ideal, being just on the cusp of the Town with easy bus routes to the various campuses.
In short, you have to expect the rough with the smooth when you go to live in a place where you are surrounded by students, but if you think of the bad things rather than the fact that you are in an ideal setting surrounded by like minded people all around you, you wont get out what uni is all about.
I had horrible experiences with Bournemouth university accommodation. I was staying in Cranborne House. The office was very unprofessional. This is such a long story and ordeal that I have placed my rating at http://www.jenikya.com I would not advise Bournemouth University accommodation to anyone. I had a horrible experience with Bournemouth University accommodation. I came from the US in the summer to look at accommodation for the upcoming term. I asked the accommodation office if I could see the different options through either a tour or interior photographs. They said they couldn't show me the places, and they also didn't have interior photographs. At that time, I was deciding between Cranborne House and Student Village and choose the former because of its location and the idea of my own bathroom appealed to me. My only requirement was Internet access. That is why I choose university accommodation in the first place; Cranborne House and Student Village were both advertised as having Internet access. However, Internet access did not work. As an MSc student in Advanced Computing, I needed Internet access to do research (online journals) and university work. I also needed it to do paid work (freelance work in web development) and to keep in contact with my friends and family across the ocean. Despite signing up to have Internet access, the whole system was so bombarded with students that using it was impossible. The system would always time out; web pages would not load. It was extremely frustrating. The only time I could use the Internet was very early in the morning. I learned from various administration that Cranborne House shares its connection with the university, so during normal working hours and the evening/night, there are too many people online, slowing down the system. After contacting the accommodation office and IT Department about the problem and not getting anywhere, I decided I had to move out. I'd already given
them significant time to sort out the problem, and if I waited any longer, I would end up stuck there. The accommodation office was not helpful at all; they were very rude to me without reason. I assume they had received several complaints about the Internet access, but that did not give them a reason to be short with me when I informed them about the problem. (Note: The university does have computer labs, but all of these except for the school's lab are very slow, and mice and keyboards are very dirty. The problem with using the school's lab is that they do not have the software and files I use and need; there aren't any CD burners or ZIP drives to readily move files back and forth between computers). Since I couldn't get anywhere with the university and the problems were not fixed, I moved out on October 10, 2003. On the day that I moved out, the accommodation office (Joanne, who deals with students for Cranborne House) continued to be rude to me. I filled out the paperwork to move out of Cranborne House in the early afternoon. I told Joanne that I would be moving out as soon as possible, and I would return my key to the security guards at Cranborne House by early evening. Everything was packed; I just needed Oliver to come and pick me up so my belongings could be moved out. He was at work in Portsmouth, and I knew it would be early evening before he could arrive to collect my belongings. No more than two hours after I'd filled out the paperwork at the accommodation office, I received a call from Joanne telling me she needed the key as soon as possible. What am I supposed to do, move out all my belongings on the street and wait there until the early evening just so they can have their key? Oliver invited me to stay with him; I had nowhere else to go. I'd looked for private accommodation just over a week prior to October 10, but I could not find available accommodation. My last resort was to move in with Oliver in Southamp
ton until I found a place in Bournemouth. I could at least get my work done at his house. However, I had to purchase a car so that I could get to class and back (it's just over an hour's journey from West End, Southampton but I could not get a parking permit to park at the university so I have to park about 20 minutes away and walk to the campus). Despite moving out, the problems have still not been resolved. On the day that I moved out, I asked if there were other rooms available in Cranborne House. There were not, and I had heard that students were having trouble finding accommodation (being the beginning of the university year). My room was next on the list to be filled. Despite that, I still advertised my room by hanging posters and having the International Office email the international students. I had several responses immediately (I hung posters and met with the International Office to email the advert the very day I moved out). However, I could not do anything but tell the interested students to see the accommodation office and ask about my room. When I received my credit card statements, I figured out that the Bournemouth University accommodation office had charged me approximately two and a half weeks of rent after I had moved out. (They say they charge you until they find a replacement for your room - I'd sent several very interested people to the accommodation office to ask about my room, and my room was the only vacant room.) I have approached them about this situation and have been unsuccessful so far. Whatever you do, do NOT go through university accommodation. Get a private house. There are so many horror stories that I have heard from so many students regarding Bournemouth university accommodation. I have not had no cooperation with the accommodation office and I have had to chase them up on several occasions. I am usually not the type of person to complain about anything, but I am fully with
in my right in this instance to complain. I am perfectly within my right to do so as the university accommodation office refuses to make amends. I am not asking for a full refund; I only want to be refunded for the two and a half weeks that I was charged for moving out. Remember, I only moved out because the university accommodation did not live up to its word in their promise of Internet access. I think that I should be refunded for at least the two and a half weeks that they charged me after I'd moved out. Other problems with the accommodation: The following items were not the reason I moved out of Cranborne House. I moved out solely because of the lack of the promised Internet access. However, several people have complained about the following: In February 2004, the roof in Cranborne House blew off (it wasn't even windy); the street had to be closed so that repairs could be made. The walls are very thin. I could hear people urinating downstairs below my flat! I could also hear telephones ring as though they were in my room, and I could hear conversations. One of my old flatmates from Cranborne House told me that he could hear people having sex below him. Also, if you're on one of the lower floors, you can hear drunkards from the government homeless place across the street and noises from the police station which is also opposite Cranborne House. I've heard that there are problems with the heating and rooms are cold. The cleaners do not do a very good job. Broken doors and locks. Dark, dirty, old building. The kitchen/communal area is smelly and dirty, and furniture and walls are dirty. Lack of friendly/helpful service. The accommodation office people are not friendly, and if you need anything, you have to constantly chase them up. Not response. If you have a problem that needs fixed in the flat, actually getting someone to repair it will take ages. Extra costs. It costs 7 GBP extra
if you have more than one trash bag removed from the flat. Even if they see an extra bag (not full), they will take it and charge you 7 pounds. Upon moving in, the rooms were not clean. There was a used cotton swab in the soap dish in the shower. There was dust all over the top of the shelves. Read the full article at http://www.jenikya.com