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This review will concentrate on the Queen Margaret Residences as that is where I spent my time in halls. These halls are located about 20 minutes from the main university campus just on the other side of the botanic gardens from the top of Byers road.
The halls themselves are hoe to around 400 or so students from all over the world. Unlike halls at the largest student complex at Murano the rooms are divided into separate flats of either 4 or 5 rooms. Each flat also comes with a Kitchen/living area which is fully equipped with an oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and plenty of storage space for food and cutlery etc. A Laundry facility is also provided at the centre of the complex which is free to use and has plenty of machines.
The rooms themselves are also excellent, I was especially lucky as mine was very large and even had its own balcony which was a good feature. However every room comes with its own en suite shower. The showers themselves are brilliant as well.
In summary Queen Margaret residences are excellent and I would highly recommend them against any other halls such as Murano or Cairncross etc.
Kelvinhaugh Street student halls are just a ten minute stroll away from Glasgow University campus. The route takes you right through the middle of attractive and leafy Kelvingrove Park via Kelvin Way; a reasonably well-lit road and path with lovely views of Kelvingrove Museum, the River Kelvin and of course, the ancient University buildings themselves that tower above it looking all photogenic.
Kelvinhaugh Street is dominated by a large cluster of Student flats/apartments on both sides of the street, with Kelvinhaugh Gate Halls and Cairncross Halls on the same street. The three halls have just under a thousand student residents between them and look relatively attractive and well maintained from the outside.
Kelvinhaugh Street flats are pleasant and airy and the one I viewed had a large kitchen/dining area with sitting room combined. The room went from front to back of the building and had big opening windows either side, making a rather hot day a bit more comfortable. There is plenty of storage in the kitchen which has decent cooking facilities and two large fridge/freezer units. A five person flat has a toilet and shower room, which seems to work well enough, and each student room has a decent size desk, bookshelp, chest of drawers and wardrobe. The bed has room underneath for a few storage crates and there is a phone for those who wish to purchase credits to use it. Internet access is provided at no extra charge and while there are some restrictions, it is pretty good. Unlike the flats at Murano there are no sinks in the student rooms.
Initial checking-in to kelvinhaugh Street is done by collecting keys from the welcome desk at one of the buildings at the university campus. This will be indicated on the information given prior to arrival. Do not go to the halls themselves first on moving-in day as there is no facility to let you in. Bizarrely although not foreign, on the day my teenager checked-in we had to go to the Foreign Students Welcome Desk for keys. This threw us at first. Turns out Kelvinhaugh is often allocated to foreign students, though that appeared to include people who lived an hour away from Glasgow or were from England, Wales and Ireland! There is only one person who could be considered truly foreign in my teenagers new flat, and that person is a close European neighbour. All get along famously and the halls have a very friendly vibe.
There is an abundance of good pubs, clubs, restaurants, grocery shops and social life in the immediate vicinity. I would say that apart from the lack of sinks in student rooms, Kelvinhaugh Street Halls is one of the best student halls at Glasgow University. Certainly its one of the closest, and for those first-years worried that it's mainly older students and postgrads living there, worry not. There are plenty of first years there in 2009, though definitely not as many as Murano where the fire alarms seem to go off nightly. While Kelvinhaugh St Halls are by no means sedate, anyone looking for 24/7 party central might prefer Murano, even with the 25 minute walk back up the hill at the end of the Uni day and no grocery shops on the doorstep. For my teen who was initially disappointed not to get into Murano, it turns out to be a great place and an aesthetically pleasing walk to boot. It's your call!