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I recently became a student at the University of Bristol for the academic year starting 2009. The University let you apply for accommodation between June and July a few months before students are due to attend the University. They let you apply for a firm and an insurance choice accommodation. They also et you to write a small personal statement describing yourself as a person and any paticular traits you may have. They do NOT use this in the process of placing students into accommodation, rather they use them to make up flats and corridors in the accommodation you get into.
There is a wide variety of halls and houses that students live in at Bristol. The two area are Stoke Bishop (a 30 minute walk away from the main University precinct) and Clifton (15 minute walk from the furtherest accommodation in this area to the precinct). There is also the choice of self catering and catered accommodation.
I myself am in one of the student houses; Richmond Terrace. This house is home to 93 students at the University. It is a Clifton residence and is just a 10 minute walk to my lectures and seminars. It was newly refurbished just three years ago, so is in fantastic condition. All the rooms are ensuite (and they are very nice little bathrooms!). Each room has a desk, wardrobe, bedside table and bed. There is then different furniture in each room depending on the side (there are economy, small, large and premium) which could be a book sheld, chest of drawers and mini chest of drawers. Each room also has a phone, which can be used for free internal calls to University buildings.
Richmond Terrace is a self catered residence. Students are organised into flats of between 4 and 7 people who share a kitchen between them. I am in a flat of 5 and in the kitchen are two fridge/freezers, an oven and a microwave, along with a lot of service area, a sink, and many cupboards! There is a large dining table with 5 chairs in the centre of the room. Cleaners clean it for us about once a week. The residence also has a large common room with a pool table and television dvd/video point. There are several large sofas in there too. The residence is very secure, needing a card to get through the main doors, and then for the actual building a key to it and then a key to the flat door and your room door.
The halls usually organise their own social events. Because the houses are smaller, there is a organisaton caled Orbital which organise student events for us all. There were a lot of events during freshers, including a white t-shirt party, a trip to the zoo and a toga party. At Christmas we also had a ball, which was amazing.
Being in Clifton aslo means I am right by all the clubs, bars and very close to the local shopping centres; Broadmead and Cabot Circus (about 20-25 minutes away). There are dozens of clubs, including Ponanas, Sydicate, Panache, the O2 Academy, Escape, Bunker, Oceana and many more! We have several Wetherspoons, the Corrie Tap, Agora, Embargos and many more pubs and bars.
The only negative things about Richmond Terrace is that the walls and ceiling are very thin. i can hear the music being played in the bedroom above me and also the guy walking around. I am right by the kitchen and can even hear the microwave when it is on. Luckily I'm not directly next to another bedroom, so I don't have to hear music from them or talking. It's been fine though and you quilkly get used to it. Past 11pm however noise is not supposed to be heard past your bedroom. It is also one of the more expensive accommodation. I pay about £4,600 for my room but I will get the £200 deposit back at the end of the year.
I'd definitely recommend Richmond Terrace to incoming freshers an I will be sad to leave it come summer!!
Before you even go to university you don't really realise what a big choice you're making before you even get there. Luckily at Bristol University the halls are all of a high standard when I viewed them before I made my decision. After viewing as many halls as I could I chose Manor Hall because it was a cosy place where I was likely to get a place, it was also about 5-10 minutes away from everything, from Clifton village with some pleasant pubs to Clifton Triangle which has bars, shops and night clubs. So I was really in a win/win situation.
My only problem with Manor Hall is the single sex corridor idea, yes I truly think it's a bit old, as much a single sex male corridor was hilarious in my time there, I do think it would have helped to have lived with some women, and no not for bedroom antics and the like. Optimum words, integration. If you wanted to you didn't have to spend any time with the other sex, you could just stay in you're corridor and live in your own cocoon.
That minor problem apart, the rooms are huge, the people were great and the warden is always trying to improve the place.
A great place to spend your first year at the University of Bristol.
I applied to Manor Hall upon the recommendation from a friend, and was not disappointed in the year I spent there. The halls are not as grand as some of the costlier halls at Bristol University, but for what you pay you do get a room that is significantly larger than those at many other halls of residence at newer universities.
All kitchens and bathrooms within the hall are shared between around 10 people, which is perfectly adequate considering their size, and the kitchens and bathrooms are all cleaned daily, and the entire hall is always very clean and well kept.
There is a bar that is cheaper than many pubs and clubs in the city, a TV room, music room and many events held throughout the year including formal dinners, rave nights, quiz nights and open mic nights.
The hall is well organised and run by its Warden, hall staff and the JCR. A huge shout out goes to the porters, Roger and Dave for all they do in maintaining the hall, delivering post and generally being somewhat legendary amongst the students that stay there.
Manor hall is by far the best hall of residence at the university of bristol (not that I'm biased!) Three of the halls are in clifton village, which is in close proximity to the university, and then there are a further five in stoke bishop which is a 45 minute walk away over the downs which can be dangerous at night time, and during the winter, people obviously finish lectures after dark.
Being in Clifton is a must in my opnion, and the best hall one could argue is Goldney, because of its fantastic grounds. Sadly though it is heavily oversubscribed which means you cannot be guaranteed a place and so you are far more likely to get into Manor hall, which has the same amount of applicants as it does places (approximately).
The building has great charm and has just had its 75th anniversary. There are wooden floors throughout and large study bedrooms. There are also three further annexes, such as sinclair house, manor house and tottenham place. These are all part of the hall but reside away from the main building itself.
What I found the best thing was, that if you leave the building and walk one way, you are in a quaint little area that feels immediately like home, yet if you walk the other way you are emerged in the city.
The hall also has a ping pong table, pool table, television room, music room, bar and library. I would recommend it highly to anybody wanting to study at the university of Bristol.
I lived in Goldney Hall between 1994-96. They have a policy of allowing returning students to apply to stay on another year, some even stayed all 3 years of their course! The rooms are arranged into flats of 6 - 8 students, including the returners. These tend to be in blocks of 3 or 4, arranged around a quad so if you need to visit someone in another block to yours you have to go outside from your block and cross the quad. This is much better than everyone just wandering around corridors inside all the time. Much more sociable too. With the returners in all the flats it helps freshers get stuck into the uni early. You can ask where the best pubs are etc! The rooms are nice, had a good amount of space and I think all the rooms include a sink of their own. Then the kitchens are big with plenty of cupboards space - it's a self-catering hall only. Usually there are 2 showers, a bath and 2 toilets for the communal flat too. No lounge, but a big empty space in the middle which we used as a lounge - stuck some beanbags and a telly in it - lovely. The place is well maintained, cleaners come round to do the communal bits weekly. The grounds are lovely too, there is a 19th century manor which houses the post and the tv room and the bar. There's a little canal/pond, an underground grotto which is famous, some statues, some tennis courts and a croquet lawn! And a computer room which is useful but always too busy. There could've been more entertainments when I was there, but that's always dependant on the JCR committee and that's true for every hall. No complaints about the place, I wouldn't have stayed on for another year if there was. Everyone thinks their hall is the best (unless you stayed in Hiatt Baker) - well Goldney is. So there.
When I looked at Halls of Residence I pictured a dull block of 60s buildings... later I was to know this is Hiatt Baker. Beware incomming students, Bristol's accomodation varies. Hiatt Baker and Badock must be avoided at all costs, they are tight, crampt and boring. The place to be is Churchill a spacious and friendly hall without the formal felling of Oxford, no sorry I mean Wills. Churchill houses only 300 odd students and our dinning hall is open and roomy. Enough space for all plus a few guests. The staff our welcoming and cook some delicious food (well often at least). The rooms are large, but to all you fussy, vain freshers out there, I am without a shower, toilet or even basin near my room. This is Churchill's let down: 2 showers, 1 bath, 2 toilets by 12 people, whilst one tiny, and I mean miniscule kitchen, between 24 students. We need only cook on a saturday night, yet if you snack like me, you'll be in there more often.