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When I was at university in my first year I loived at Sir Peter Hilton. The Halls themselves were laking in comparison to my friends Halls at other university. I never knew anyone at Unievrsity in Derby to have the luxury of an en-suite, but all my frends at other universitys seemed to have them.The layout of Peter Hilton was that you had a flat, which had 6 bedrooms, a kitechen, a toilet and a shower room. The bedrooms were of a good size, you have a single bed, which is a pain but its not overally uncomfortable, you get a big wardrobe, a sink/ wash area and a big desk. Its very basic but it works nicely fior all the things you'd actually take to university with you. In third year i lived at St Christophers and this was identical to Sir Peter Hilton.
The kitechen area again was big and you have a table with 6 seats, so you can all eat together. You get a small fridge freezer, which causes arguements, so half a drawer each in the freezer. I had a mini fridge in my room fullof drinks so i could keep food in the big fridge.
The shower area and toilers were really basic, i ended up missing baths.
In terms of location Sir Peter Hilton, Princess Alice and Nunnery Court are in central town area and on the bus route which is very handy. Everything is really close.
St Christophers is on Ashbourne Road, next to BlockBusters, its quite far out, and its only on the number 5 bus route which is longer. When at St Christophrs i always walked to uni, which took around half an hour, was good to get some fresh air!
I never lived at Nunnery court but a freind did, the rooms were alot smaller than the rooms at st christophers or Peter Hilton, the kitchen was also smaller, it felt really stuffy.
I also had freinds at Princess Alice and the rooms there also felt smaller.
I lived in a hpouse in my second year and I wouldnt recommend that, halls work out alot cheaper and less argumentative. Finding a clean and good house is hard, there are a great deal of cra**y terraces in Derby, and landlords charge you a lot to live in them. I paid £200 a month in a horrendous 6 bedrrom place on Crompton Streetin Derby, it was clod and dirty when we moved in, we even got burgled, as did all 3 of my tennants homes on 3 differemt streets, in the space of a week, odd huh?! I now live in a well secured new built flat for the same amount!
Overall Derby's halls are pretty old fashioned when you compare them to halls at Brunel or Hertfordshire, but they're a great social environment, i met some of my best friends in Halls, so no regrets from me.
Of course this is where I lived in my first year, but that doesn't make me too biased. We have a large group of friends here and I have had a chance to look round all the Halls, and even though Princess Alice does have its disadvantages, it definately still comes out tops for me. Its position is great for all aspects of uni life. Halls are off campus, but this one is within 15 minutes walk of the campus, and 10 minutes of the city centre, clubs and bars. Even better is the Student Union bar just around the corner, and a nice and friendly local pub just across the road. I recommend The Ram on Bridge Street. 60p a shot on 4 nights of the week has to be grabbed at any cost! Fair enough, most of the halls are in this area (within 5 minutes of eachother), and all benefit from this great position, but Princess Alice has more. Derby is a relatively new university, and therefore its halls are quite modern. Compared to other Halls in the area, Princess Alice is a much friendlier feel designed building. It has a central courtyard as most of the halls do, but is just the right size to feel friendly, but allow you the oppourtunity to meet loads of people just outside your doorstep. Its not the common kind of halls, with 20 people living on the same corridor, sharing the same facilities, but nice flats of 4-5 people. Compared to Nunnery Court, which feels small and quiet, Sir Peter Hilton, older building, dark and slightly too large to feel friendly. Peak Court similarly too large and even though energy saving with its timed lights, walking around, it feels bare, dark and too many doors!!!! St. Christophers Court has proven to be excellent for forigien students, helping them to feel just as much settled as the rest of us. All sites have loads of parking for those lucky students who happen to have wheels, and enough left over for those Grandparents on visits to park their cars and feel safe under the scrutiny of CCTV. The staff are to be
praised, on all 4 sites in the hall managers are helpful, and have time to talk to you as well as sorting out your problems very speedily. The security is very good, and generally the Halls are in a safe area. The guards which are on duty are also friendly, and respond to whether you need to tell your noisy neighbours to be quiet, or generally make sure that everything is in order. All sites have a common room which we spenty many hours wasting our 10p's in playing pool, buying fizzy drinks, and the much needed midnight chocolate attack.The laundrys tend to leave a bit to be desired. A recent refit at Princess Alice left students without washers for a large portion of the term around and after easter, my room was situated immediately above, and I did not appreciate the noise of the refit in exam period!!! Otherwise, I could not hear the machines at all. The new machines are coin operated rather than cards (which never worked, debited too many credits, or even stole your card off you) and now only costs 1.20 a wash and 20p per 10 minutes drying. A vast improvement for the £5 cards with only 10 credits, which only got you about 3 washes and drys as the dryers were useless. I live in a house now with the people I met in my flat at halls, but we miss Princess Alice. But we wouldn't give up our lounge and decent size bathroom for the world!!!