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I have just moved in to Apollo Court and was very disappointed with the cleanliness of the room its self along with the state of the actual flat. The carpets were in a real state (and im still waiting for them to be cleaned), my bathroom was also in a bad state, it still had body wash ect from the previous occupier. My room also had a number of damages, which I am also still waiting to be repaired. In the main flat the sofas were in such a state, they could not be sat on. Also there was still crumbs in the cupboards from the previous occupier. Unite claim these rooms had been cleaned before we moved in. We have paid for this accomodation and the 5 people living in this flat are still waiting on the post box keys. Others in the flat cant get the TV signal to work and therefore cant watch TV. We also had a problem with getting the oven to work on our first day so when we went to ask for assistance on how to work it they told us we could log it on maintance website and they would send someone in the next few days to show us. This is really not acceptable.
it is also very hard to get use to how the key fobs work, although the students who are on hand are very helpful if you find your self not being able to get in.
Overall where the accomodation is situated it is good as we are not far from lime street, liverpool central, bus station, liverpool one, st johns and tesco express... this is a great advantage just shame about the state of the accomodation when we first moved in.
I attened liverpool john moores uni for a year 2007/2008. while at the uni i lived in Apollo Court, which i situated on Greek Street which is just off London Road, a busy road with lots of bus stops, a TJ Hughes, conveniences stores, a chemist and sandwich stops. Apollo court is also only 5 minutes walk from the city centre, the National Express bus station and Liverpool Lime street train station.
During my stay i stopped in a 5 roomed flat on the bottom floor of Block B. When i first moved in i was a bit worried about the noise levels but fortunately i never heard anyone coming in drunk as there to go through before going to the actual flats.
The flat itself was clean but not overly clean so it felt uncomfortable and like you were unable to touch anything. In my bedroom there was a single bed with room for storage underneath, a desk, a chair, a wardrobe and shelves for more storage. An added bonus of living in Apollo Court is the ensuite bathroom, ths included a power shower which a constant supply of hot water by a flick of a switch, a toilet and a sink, again all were very clean.
There is also a shared kitchen/living room between the people living in the flat, this consisted of a electric cooker, a fridge freezer, numerous amounts of cupboards and a breakfast bar with stools. The living room had a 2 seater sofa and a comfy chair. In the flats which 7 people lived in there was an extra fridge freezer and an extra chair and sofa as well as a dining table with chairs instead of the breakfast bar and stools.
In addition to the flats there is also a communal area to Apollo Court were there is a laundrette which is open 24 hours, a flat screen with sky, a quiz machine and vending machines.
The staff are very friendly and do their best to help you with any problems you may have, the reception is open 8am-10pm anwhen that is shut there is a security guard present. The building itself is very secure as you can only get access with a key fob and then again you use the key fob to get into your individual flat and bed room.
While i was there there was a friendly atmosphere and everyone stopped to say hi and everyoen was up for making new friends.
The only negative is that at night the area is a bit rough.
The bull ring was a fabulour place to live. Five minutes walk away from Lime Street Station.
The staff were all really friendly and helpful. All the flats were in good order, very clean and modern without being too clinical. The rent was very reasonable.
I stayed here for my last year and I dodn't want to leave! I met my boyfriend by shouting across the courtyard at him. Been together for four years now. He stayed at the Bull Ring for two years and loved every minute of it too.
There is a secure space to park your car, an onsite lauderette (very handy) which it was safe to leave you clothes spinning around in.
You couldn't get into the block without a key fob which was great to keep the undesirable out and you had 24 hour security you could call on if you needed.
Fabulous views of the catedrals too!
Same I had such terrible flat mates really or it would have been a magnificent stay.
Cathedral Campus is made up of little 'houses' divided into two courts called Patey Court and Dillistone Court. Patey is the bigger one but Dillistone is often thought of as being 'cosier' as they know eachother better. I personally lived in Patey which has about 60 houses in it. The houses consist of five bedrooms, a bathroom, a toilet, a kitchen and a storeroom. They are three floors high. The bedrooms contain a single bed, which I found surprisingly comfy, a desk, a sink, a single wardrobe, two drawers under the bed, two shelves above the desk and an 'easy' chair. The sizes of the houses vary. If you are lucky enough to have a corner house then the rooms can be about twice the size of a straight house. The straight houses' kitchens can seem particularly small and don't quite have enough cupboard or fridge/freezer space. There isn't enough for each to have their own cupboard. You have to provide your own microwave, toaster, kettle and anything else you want. Tip: a toastie maker is handy. Cleaners clean communal areas once a week but don't do a very good job and they bang your bedroom door when hoovering, very annoying if your in bed asleep at the time. The houses are heated by central heating, you control the temperature and how long its on for yourself once you figure out how. The hot water is the same. One thing you will find you particularly miss when there is a living room. The kitchen isn't comfortable or often big enough to 'live' in although there is a television point. You will often find if you get on with your housemates well enough that a persons bedroom will end up becoming a bit of a living room. If you live here the best room to have is one on the top floor. They are naturally warmer and most importantly have no one above them. Thing is these houses are not exactly made of the most sturdy material and even if the person above you tip toes it
sounds like they are stamping. This is particularly annoying when they have a morning lecture and you don't or they are partial to the odd private boogie. The lads are usually grouped at the bottom end of the court and the girls are on either side so naturally the bottom end is where the most activity is. People often tend to get to know those who live nearby or are on their course. But not always. If you want to study in peace don't live here because as the night wears on you can hear those coming back from a night out singing, shouting and laughing. Great fun if you've been out. Depressing if you haven't. The campus does attract a certain type of people going on both course and price. As the university is very spread out people will live there to be near to their bulidings so there are no sports people as their buildings are ages away. What you get are business, law, media, english and art. This campus is also one of the cheapest so you won't get anyone who fancies posh living. They are over at Atlantic point, Marybone, Victoria Halls etc. The area is set below a dramatic cathedral - which looks nice but it means loud bells on a Sunday that can go on for hours. There are quite a lot of car parking spaces which you pay for a permit for the year but many don't bother. There is a reception on site which has a laundrette with six machines each for washing and drying. They are brand new and pretty good. There is also a vending machine and the possibility of a bar and shop opening up as a new site is being developed just behind the campus. There are NO data points, external phone points or aeriel points except for the one in the kitchen. The campus is 5-10 minutes walk from the city centre so is convenient for shopping and going out. It is also the closest to the student union and one of the two libraries.
I knew from the moment i set foot into Liverpool that this was the place i wanted to spend the next 4 years. After completing my A-levels i deferred entry for a year as i wanted to go to america (which i did). I didn't arrive back into the UK until 1st November. Everybody else has started their courses in September so i was abit late. When i arrived at St Andrews Gardens (aka The Bull Ring) i was given the choice of 3 rooms, which was great because everyone else had to take what they were given. After much deliberation i chose a room on the 1st floor. All rooms had a single bed, wardobe, built-in desk with chair and a wash basin. The flat i was living in had 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (unfortunatly no bath, but lovely showers) and a good size kitchen which we also used as a living room. I was fortunate to be sharing with 4 great girls and we all got on well. Because i had started so late i also go a room that was better than what i was paying for. The Bull ring had 24 hour porters and student reps who you could go to if you needed help. It had good security with the need for swipe keys to enter the premises. There was a bit of trouble with the local youth but thats only to be expected. There was an on-site laundrette, which wasn't too expensive. The best times were the summer when you could sit out on the grass and lay in the sun (that's if you could find space). There was also an ice-cream that came around everyday. They also arranged a barbecue and bouncy castle for residents. Life in the bull ring was great. There was never a dull moment, and i made so many friendsa. Its a shame that you can only stay there for one year. So to any prospective students of LJMU - The Bull Ring is definately the place to go.
For me getting onto the Halls Of Residence was as important as choosing my degree course. It was essential and something I’d always wanted to do. I’d already visited a mate who was at Carnatic Halls in the Liverpool University and Parkside (JMU’s halls) was just down the road. How disappointing? Compared to Carnatic, Parkside was like an outhouse. Small unattractive breezeblock rooms with none of the green fields that accompanied the Universities Halls. However, after my initial disappointment I soon realised that a good Halls Of Residence is not down to the bricks and mortar, it’s down to the people in them. Some of the people during those first few exciting weeks are now, some 10 years later, among my best friends. The bond we share will never be broken and when we meet up now (about every 2 years!) we’re hardly any different at all. Like most students we bonded over booze; snake bites and black, flaming Drambuie’s and Irish coffee’s in the morning. The best thing about living in the Halls is there is always someone around to hang out with. We used to trundle down to the Aigburth arms, on mass and invade the karaoke nights. When we went to the Students Union, there would be about 30 of us and we always had an amazing time. We shared a lot of experiences together, tried a lot of new things out and learnt together. I’d always recommend going to Halls because it’s here you get to know people before you share a house with them. Six of us branched off and got a house together; it didn’t always work out but I’m glad I went tot the halls first and got a choice with who I wanted to live with. Whenever I think back to my student days, the time I spent at Parkside was the best.