I live in chamberlain; the small halls that is part of glen eyre.
The rooms and kitchens are very nice however that should be a given considering the higher cost of living in these halls. The cleaner that comes in, Simon in my case, he is excellent and has always done a great job even if occasionally the kitchen is left in a bad state.
One of the main problems with these halls is the glen eyre reception, they are absolutely useless. All they will do is tell you to look online to solve something or explain to you that they don't have the authority/ power to get something done telling you to call student services. Considering this is one of the best universities in the country, I cannot understand how it not made more efficient.
The second huge problem would be the laundry, what a pile of turd that is. The university has an agreement with a third party and they control the washing machines, therefore when something goes wrong the university cannot do anything apart from phone somebody up. The machines will do a good job when they work, however you have a 25% chance of them working, i.e. they will stop mid wash, they will trap your clothes in for 6 hours or they can't accept any more money as the third party never collects it.
Unfortunately you will probably find a problem everywhere you live. It would be much better if they actually acted on sorting these problems out.
I live in an Ensuite hall in Chancellors Court and it's great, the walls aren't thin, the cleaners clean the kitchen 4 days a week and I have my own toilet and shower and sink. It's convenient to the school, and this building is one of the newest buildings among all the halls. It may be a little more pricey but it is worth it, plus you get a free hall pass so if your campus is at Avenue, you will find this pass handy for transport and it also brings you to town!Furthermore, when you buy stuff online and they send it to you, you don't have to worry about not being at home to receive it because it will be delivered to the reception where they will put a slip into your letterbox and you can collect it when you are free!Choose the right hall.
When I applied online, in anticipation to live in this accomodation as a fresher, I was excited, impressed and thought the best accomodation available, considering the catering and the distance options Glen Eyre offered.
I was in the same block as the reception. The first impression was that the room was 'small', but I had not seen other rooms in other cities, so I couldn't really judge it - my room was just enough for a desk, a bed, and a sink, and a small space for a chair, where I piled up boxes of unsorted junk.
The room was newly painted, well at least it was not 20 years old. Though the cracks and wooden bits were visible at corners and by the sink. It was livable...at first.
The catering was ok, I mean, they did not provide the 1st class food service, but then who expected? In most cases, the food was edible, though sometimes, we wondered why we had to pay for such a thing.
The distance is really good, close to Boldrewood (the Bio-medical building) and Highfield (central uni place) only 5-10 walking distance.
The room had more flaws as time progressed - there were some sort of... worms living under the wooden surfaces, the common-public toilets weren't very clean, though the kitchen was quite decent with oven, microwave and newly shelved.
Perhaps I was expecting a bit too much, having grown up in such a nice home, but the fact was, it was not too bad to live, at least for a year. As a fresher, being able to interact with fellow students was great, as everyone lived by the corridor. Later, I've been to other accomodations, and then I realised Glen Eyre wasn't the best of accomodations.
When I had read the previous review about Glen Eyre Halls, I thought it must be the perfect place to move to during my first year. I have since moved 3 times within the Halls, unable to get out of my rent agreement!! Here is a little list of things that are wrong with this place:
- Very poorly maintained (Fungus, Draughts, Mold, Very little water pressure in showers)
- Although the halls advertise with a weekly cleaning service, I do believe that it would be better if the underpaid undermotivated and undertrained cleaning staff would not show up. The place is filthy as hell!!
- Sluggish responses from the amateur wardenal team (mainly comprised of students) and the less-than-interested reception team.
- And then there is a long list of other issues such as the houses not having any door bells, so one has to wait outside the house when someone is waiting for someone to come. No letter boxes for entire houses, but all the mail for 12 flats is put in the same box. The gym, which is another advertised pulling point of Glen Eyre, is comprised of broken machines only that the main gym deamed unsafe to have there.
The list can go on and on and on, but I am just wondering if this is really the way that you want to start your career at Southampton? I am still baffled that Health and Safety has not shut this place down yet.
AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!! and if you didn't - god help you that you don't have a problem friday night or any time over the weekend! (Our shower broke on a friday and we had to wait until monday to have someone come fix it!!)
SERIOUSLY: GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!
I have studied in University of Southampton for 5 years. I have stayed in hall of residence for 3 years and private house for 2 years. Glen Eyre Hall of Residence is one of the major hall of residence of University of Southampton which is located at the Bassett (around 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the main campus - considered as very near to the university). Glen Eyre Hall of Residence is including New Terrace; Beechmount House; Old Court; J,K,L,M Blocks; and Brunei House. If I am not mistaken they can resident around 2000 students (you may check this from the homepage of University of Southampton). I stayed in M Block once last year. It was a self-catered hall (perhaps now is triggered to catered hall, for latest information please refer to the homepage of University of Southampton). Let me brieftly tells you about each of the halls: 1. Beechmount House: Nowadays it became a hall for postgraduate students including MSc and MEng students. 5 students are sharing one kitchen, one bathroom and one toilet. The room size is reasonable. The furnish is quite new (although the building is quite old). It is a very isolated building which is located beside Beechmount Road. You have to walk about 5 minutes to the laundry and the reception. 2. Old Court: Newly renovated - furnishings are all brand new and the surroundings are quite comfortable (though it is called Old Court). 5 students share one big kitchen (with all new furnitures), two toilet and one bathroom. The rooms are very big (but it is charged as a standard room price). Nowadays it is for undergraduate self-catered students. It is near the laundry and also the reception. A lot of students are competing for this building indeed. 3. New Terrace: Good and new too, however you have to pay for the electric bill. The room size is reasonable. Kitchen is nice too. I apologize that I have forgotten how many students are living in the same flat. 4. J,K,L,M Blocks: I reck
on that nowadays it is for catered undergraduate students. The room size is quite big to me. Furnitures are quite new. The terrible thing is there are about 20 students sharing two kitchens, and four rest rooms (which has 3 bathrooms inside and 4 toilets). The kitchens are quite big but it will be very crowded during dinner time. I think that's why they make it as a self-catered flat. 5. Brunei House: It is mainly for postgraduate students also. There are 7 students sharing one kitchen and two restrooms. The room size is quite small actually. Well, all of these rooms have a basin for each student in a room. So you don't have to worry about getting late for class but you are waiting in a queue for brushing your teeth. There is a Dinning Hall, Glen Eyre Bar, Glen Eyre Shop, laundry (which has about 15 washing machines inside and 10 drying machine, £1.5 for one wash and £0.20 for about 10 minutes drying), two computer rooms (one located in the K court, and the other one is located at New Terrace). So make the right choice. I hope this helps.