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I spent my first year (2005/2006) at uni in Peverell Hall on Clifton Campus of Nottingham Trent University.
Peverell is seperated into two semi circle shaped sections called Castle and Lincoln (there will be some reason for this but I do not know). There is a recpetion area in the middle where you pick up your post, pay any fines and report any problems with your accomodation.
I had put Peverell down as my first choice for accomodation because of its location and the fact that there is parking.
As I was based on Clifton campus I have a 3/4 minute journey to my lectures, absolutely fantastic. Although this also encouraged me to go back to my halls and watch daytime tv inbetween lectures rather than studying in the library! This is particularly brilliant for first years. I had a hard time handling the independant living thing and my minimal studies never mind factoring in time and money for travelling to and from uni.
Clifton Campus had a lot of facilities on site including a very popular bar called 'The Point' (I kind of wanted it to be called the SU Bar, think I watch too much Hollyoaks), it also had a small shop selling your basic food stuffs although they were quite expensive in comparison to the supermarkets. They had a pizza shop 'Pizza Point' which was a good way to waste your student loan and wasn't too badly priced, think its been turned into a more sensible careers advice place now. There was a HSBC bank, but I didn't use this, it was only open a couple of hours a day too. It had a laundrette too, there was a also a man who would do as much washing as you could fit into a bin liner for £10, don't think he had any affiliation with the uni though.
The parking situation was a little difficult. After a couple of weeks at Peverell notices were put up saying that there parking permits would be sold on a certain morning, on a first come first served basis. So I got up very early on that day and joined the queue outside reception. There was a few people attempting to jump the queue so it was quite frustrating. Luckily I got the last parking permit. I feel that the permits should have been issued on a need basis. Or at least they should have been a little more 'policing' of the queue.
The actual accomodation was expensive in comparison to the rest of the university accomodation, it was £82 per week when I was there. Although this does include gas, electric, water and contents insurance. I think internet was also included although you needed to go and get the wire from reception.
The blocks were quite new when I moved in, I'd estimate between 5 and 10 years old. The rooms were small, only enough space for a single bed and a large built in desk.
The bathroom was like a caravan bathroom. The shower section of the bathroom was just big enough for 5'2" me. The worst part was that the drains blocked very easily. Which meant the whole bathroom flooded. However, I consider an en suite to be vital in any kind of accomodation.
I was in 'D block', but this doesn't really matter as they were all exactly the same. Entry was through three keys, one for the door to the block, one for the door to the flat and one to your bedroom. There was an option to 'buzz' people in, but this didn't work in our flat so you had to run down to let people in.
The flat itself comprised of 6 bedrooms all with ensuites. The six bedrooms shared a kitchen which was an adequate size with a large table, an oven and hob, a microwave and fridge/freezer. The kitchen was cleaned once a week, although the cleaners would only clean if it wasn't too dirty.
The kitchen was where the main problem arised. People coming back early in the morning would often burn food which set off the super sensitive fire alarms. This was probably a weekly occurence (possibly more as I came home at weekends). I understand that this is probably a problem with all student accomodation, but not to this extent. The whole block was often stood out in the middle of the night waiting for security to come and give us the all clear.
Another issue was the fact that it seemed very easy to trip a fuse, meaning that there was no electricity in the kitchen. Hugely annoying when you are in your pjs and need a cup of coffee to wake you up before you go to your lecture, as you had to get dressed to tell reception of the problem and they were never in a rush to sort it out for you.
Like any student halls they were pretty noisy, but you wouldn't really expect any other.
All in all Peverel is a good place to be in your first year, especially if you are based on Clifton Campus. Its only when you have ventured out into private rents that you appreciate how much your money could get you elsewhere.
I wasnt a resident at Peveril hall but my girlfriend at the time was. So i spent quite a lot of time there. The flats were pretty decent - it had just been built a few years when we were there (1998) and so the decor was good and the facilities pretty decent. ACCESS ---------- The halls are located round the back of the Clifton campus. Entry to the buildings is by Key or buzzer (pretty secure) Entry to the flats is by key or buzzer. (pretty secure too) FACILITIES ------------- Fair sized kitchen/common room which has a cooker and often a microwave in to. Windows overlook the central courtyards, Table in the kitchen and 5/6 chairs. It got a bit crowded when everyone was in there at the same time, but not uncomfortably so. ROOMS --------- Pretty small really... about 3 single beds in width. Consisting of .... Single bed - Desk, Wardrobe, severl sets of shelves. Each room has a "POD" which is your bathroom and shower - pretty decent idea and work well (showers VERY powerfull - ace!) 5 or 6 people on each flat (i cant quite remember exactly!) They werent too noisy most of the time - but some first years still think its hilarious to set off the fire alarm at 3 am!