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When I knew I was going to be attending Brighton university, I applied for Phoenix Halls as it was close to the town (less of a walk home when drunk!) and they had en-suits in all the rooms, which was a major factor for me as I was self concious about sharing a bathroom... unfortunately I didn't get accepted and instead got my second choice which was Moulsecoomb.
Moulsecoomb Halls is more of a neighbourhood than the other Halls; it is a set of houses (rather than massive flats like the other Halls) with around 8 people in each, 1 kitchen, 1 shower and 1 bath/shower. Having seen the other Halls I am so glad I ended up in Moulsecoomb, without flooding you with all my stories I will just say that it's much more fun and more of a community - when it snows each house teams up against each other with a heavy snowball fight! Likewise in the summer everyone bought a water pistol and had one massive drenching!
The houses can be a little less social than the other Halls, in the sense that everyone is split over a number of floors, but again that has its benefits, we had a war between each of the 3 floors - everyone bought BB guns and were at constant war the whole year round! Yes it was painful, but so worth it!! The staff did no to some extent what was happening but we made sure the house was still in good condition when we left so they didn't mind too much... well, if you do go into 14 Tillstone Close, you may notice hundreds of round dents in the wall, now you know why!
Moulsecoomb Halls are catered, I was a bit worried at first as I'm picky with my food but it turned out okay, there were a choice of 2 meals each night, but you could say just a part of a meal if you wanted, like many nights I simply had chips on there own as I didn't like the other things. Occasional they didn't have anything that I liked so I just had deserts and then cooked some pasta when I got home. Breakfast was okay, the 'hard' boiled eggs were never hard, crack them open and they're always still liquid inside... other than that everything was okay, sausages, baked beans and a hash brown every morning, but also on offer were cereal and toast and fruit etc.
The Halls were right next to the train station and bus stop, as well as the university offering a free bus service to the other campus's making it very easy to get around. It is walking distance to the town and to pretty much everywhere, I never had to get the bus or a taxi when I lived there (apart from when I got drunk...).
Overall, living in Moulsecoomb Halls was the best year of my life! I still talk to all the people I lived with, everyone was friendly. The room was good and the shower wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Nothing I can complain about at all, it lived up to the student experience!! :)
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When I applied to study at the University of Brighton in 2008, I put down Phoenix halls as my first choice. This is mainly because they had en suite and were closer to town. Unlike many I was successful in getting my first choice.
On the day of the big move, I did not know what to expect. Other than what I'd seen on the website and stories I'd heard from friends living in halls of residence across the country, this was a complete mystery. I didn't know who I would be sharing a kitchen with, whether these people would become my friends for life, or if I'd even manage to last the year; 200 miles from home and the first time I'd be away from my family.
Wow, was I glad I'd chose halls as an option. Phoenix was like staying in a hotel. About 10 minute walk to the Lanes and town. 15 minutes to Grand Parade campus and 25 mins to Moulsecoomb- walking. (5 mins to both on the bus.) If you study at Falmer then be prepared to get the bus for a 20-30 minute journey.
The rooms were fairly big with a single bed, a large desk with drawers, a separate chest of drawers/dressing table and a cupboard style wardrobe.
The en-suite was larger than I expected with a shower, a toilet and sink w/ mirror. It wasn't too difficult to maintain cleanliness as the floor was easy to clean and the vent in there meant it wouldn't get too mouldy. (Although I did have to buy mould spray at the end of the year).
The kitchen was shared amongst 8 of us, but some flats only shared between 6 or 7. It's not a problem though as each person is allocated a numbered cupboard and there are 2 fridge freezers to share!
We were extremely lucky to be the 'penthouse' flat, with amazing views of Brighton town and a distant sea view.
The staff at Phoenix were sufficient. We had a cleaner that cleaned the communal area of kitchen/seating area. They would come in twice a week and mop about... but be prepared to do the bulk of the cleaning yourself.
Security guards available 24/7... sometimes you'd love them, but don't expect to be throwing crazy parties because you will get shut down straight away!!
The common room is located in C block. As are the vending machines, office, security guards. The common room has a ping pong table, a television and the laundretter (which has 5 washers and 5 dryers).
The halls are set out in Blocks. A- E. C is the main and biggest. A and B are large and then D and E are smaller. Each one has flats which are numbered. And then you will have an individual room number.
If you get a place at Phoenix then be very excited about what is to come and make the most of Freshers week.
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As a student of Brighton University I have experienced living in halls and in a house. I can confidently say that my experience of halls was absolutelly second to none. Brighton Uni halls have a great atmosphere and the social interaction between students was brilliant. The staff were friendly and a good laugh. The location is pretty good (10 mins from schools) but the best attribute is that in the first week halls breaks the ice for nervous freshers. Most University Halls of residence are based around the same basic idea - getting the students living togeter. Thats what its all about. As a result you make friends quickly, and learn the basics about how to live without your parents. (Let me guess, you cant wait eh?) Ok, so you get a cleaner, (well in Brighton you do) but having your own space to do what you want when you want to do it, and at the same time having all your new friends around you will probrably be the best living exerience of your life. After Halls I have lived in 2 houses. Each with 3 other mates (from halls!) and we've had a great time. But its not the same. We still reminis about the great times we had there. I recommend that you dont look for an alternative - The experience is not worth missing.