Needler Hall is where i lived in the first year. It's great it gives you the chance to meet lots and lots of new people. It's not the flat based accomodation you find in most universities but it works really well as you can mix with much more people than you would usually in a flat type environment.
The food is not the ritz standard but it beats cooking anyday, there is a lot of variety to choose from and it tastes good. Most of the staff are great except the noisy early morning cleaners.
The rooms are what you expect from university living, basic: bed, desk and wardrobe if you live in new wing you don't get a personal sink but you get used to it.
The pubs are a little expensive in Cottingham but there good if you dont fancy a wild night out once in a while. The shops are good for food and essentials 'rythym and booze' sells the cheapeast alcohol around and it's only five mins walk away. The buses run quite frequently and i advise everyone to buy a bus pass there such value for money.
Overall it's a great place for 1st year students. Make it what you want, if you want crazy wild drunken parties then have them, when i lived there new wing was where the parties were at. Old wing was still awesome tho. if you dont like that then it's ok too as you can mix with others who feel the same. It's cheap and got everything you expect from university living.
NEEDLER, NEEDLER, NEEDLER!!!!!
Hello, and thank you for reading this review! The University of Hull is a fantastic place to study, and Hull, contrary to what the media will tell you, is an amazing city! Accommodation is important, and you should take time to consider your choice. This is a review of The Lawns, in Cottingham.
People usually leave the price until last - but I might as well mention it in now; The Lawns, for student accommodation, is very good in terms of price compared to other halls in other cities, and if you get one of the newly refurbished blocks - you have found yourself a great deal!
The newly refurbished halls:
So, what's your room like? Well, if you're lucky enough to be in one of the newly refurbished halls; we'll take Grant Hall as an example. The kitchens, even though your evening meal is provided for you, is a generous size with all new cupboards, microwave, cooker, and plenty of tables and chairs so you can chat with your blockmates! It's my understanding that all rooms in Grant are en suite, and the bathrooms are very nice! Cupboards, desks and curtains are new, and you have a computer chair at your desk too!
Those rooms awaiting refurbishment in the next few years:
Disappointing would be the best word! Firstly the positives: the rooms are all fairly warm; you don't really notice if it's stormy outside or bad weather, and at the basement you have a 'dry room' where you can let your laundry dry off. To be honest, the room could do with being a lot bigger, but it is very useful and I'm glad it's there! Now the bad stuff; firstly, the kitchens: 9 people per floor in my block (it's the same for most blocks) and the kitchens are big enough for 3 people to squeeze into; if the door is open - and with 3 in there you can't move to do anything! The fridge/freezer doesn't fit in the kitchen so it stands on the landing - which is really inconvenient because it's seperated from the kitchen by a fire door which slams shut in a rather loud manner - and wakes everybody up! There are no draws or cupboards in the kitchen - which is actually hugely irritating when you need some cutlery, or a plate etc, and there aren't any fitted appliances (unless you count the sink); rather two portable hobs with an oven that takes 20 minutes to heat up underneath, and another two portable hobs with a grill underneath. We're not allowed toasters, and technically we shouldn't have a kettle either. There is one microwave between all 25 of us; when that broke down it took 4 weeks for it to be replaced! Also we have the window open in the kitchen at all hours in case someone cooks something and it sets the fire alarm off - so it's really cold in there. Your room itself; basic, at best. Really old desk, 1 uncomfy chair, TINY beds with uncomfy matresses, but you do get your own sink. Also, there are only 2 sockets, so bring an adaptor. You have an ancient cupboard that smells musty, and an old bedside table with 3 draws. In my hall, the only communual area is the common room, which has enough seats for 4 people (the common room is used by over 100)! We did have some old chairs and tables on the landings, but they've been taken away. We weren't told why. That was 5 months ago, so we sit on the floor (or bring bean bags). You have free access to the internet at all hours in your room - which is briliant!
Washing machines are £2 or £1.50 each (depends on the hall). Driers are 50p for 45 minutes, but they don't get very warm. Common room has a flat screen tv. No DVD player but you can plug your own into the tv.
The Lawns Centre:
Central hub of The Lawns. Actually, very good! It has it's own bar with a good atmosphere, if you are semi-catered, you get a choice of meal here in the evenings, and the food's not all that bad either! There is a large common room there - not used very often, but you can play pool, snooker, table tennis etc, so it's a good laugh! There are a couple of old games machines too which are worth a go.
The Lawns staff themselves (the ones who work at The Lawns Centre) are lovely people! The canteen and bar staff are great too, and the cleaners are really nice! However, I do have some serious concerns about the wardens of certain halls. I make no exadurations here, but I'm appauled by the way serious situations at my hall have been handled! My blockmates are often reluctant to approach our warden, too, and she has little to do with us (most consider that a good thing!) Thankfully, students tend to look out for each other and the blocks tend to run themselves. And my block mates are all really nice people!
Cottingham is a lovely place! 10 minute walk to the shops, where you have a choice of Sommerfield or Sainsbury's Local (both are pretty good)! The Christmas lights in Cottingham are brilliant too! Buses are every 20 minutes on a week day, and then every half hour until ~11pm - so getting to uni is not a problem despite the distance - hop on the bus at The Lawns and hop off at the uni or in town! The Lawns is also wonderfully green!
So; The Lawns! If you get into one of the newly refitted blocks (which nowadays is more likely than not, and each hall is being refurnished one by one) you will have lovely accommodation at a great price! If you end up in one of the old halls, however, things aren't very good! I really want to stress though that my block mates are brilliantly friendly and we all have a great time! It isn't like there are nails sticking out of things and the roof is falling off - it's just the places are terribly tired and in need of some attention. Wardens; depends on your hall. I've very little faith in my hall's, and I'd say most of my block agree on that. The Lawns IS a great place to stay! That said, if you have the extra money, i would recommend considering Thwaite Hall too?
If you are interested in studying at the University Of Hull then I would highly recommend it as it is a great university and we have one of the best student unions in the UK.
However a major part in your university life is your accommodation so I thought I would give a few details incase anyone is interested.
I have noticed that the other reviews are by those who are living or have lived at The Lawns in Cottingham. So as I lived in Needler Hall for my first year at uni, I thought I would tell you more about this one.
Advantages of living in Needler Hall:
It is located in Cottingham, about 5 minutes away from The Lawns and about 10 minutes away from Thwaite Hall. It is in a very convenient place as you have a Costcutters shop next door and opposite you have the Cross Keys pub on the roundabout. Also you are in walking distance for Somerfields, and many other shops and pubs that Cottingham has to offer. The bus stops are also close so you don't have to walk far!
Disadvantages of living in Needler Hall:
It is the bus stop after The Lawns so the buses are always busy when you get on, due to the number of students living at The Lawns. Also the food isn't that great, or at least it wasn't when I was there back in 2005 so it may have changed now! We got an evening meal and the food wasn't that healthy and I dropped lots of weight during my first year- which is weird for a new student! Needler Hall isn't as loud as The Lawns so if you want lots of noise, then I suggest that you look at the Lawns as this is probably the place for you.
Some facts to know about Needler Hall:
This is a traditional hall which was built in the 18th century (I found out in my first year that it used to be a mental asylum :s)
It is approx 2.5 miles from the University campus so about 10-15 on the bus I would say.
All the rooms are single rooms and there is an Old Wing and a New Wing, and in total Needler has around 167 students. I stayed in the Old Wing and it is much nicer than the New Wing. In my opinion the New Wing looks like a prison cell with narrow corridors and in the Old Wing you get a sink in your room. Although in both wings, your landing share showers and toilets- it isn't actually that bad to be honest and you get used to it. The Old Wing also has a JCR (Junior Common Room) where there is a TV and comfortable chairs.
To add, we also have security at the front gates and to get into our rooms you have a card like you would in a hotel. This is different to the Lawns as you only have a key, but I prefered the swipe card.
Other points to consider:
* Telephones - pre-paid voucher operation (some internal calls are free/external calls are charged at 'phone-box' rates for calls within the UK)
* Residents can use campus computing facilities for internet and network access from their bedrooms, provided they have a suitable PC and a modem
* Personal possessions/contents insurance included
* Library providing a quiet study environment
* Pool tables and table tennis equipment
* Two music practice rooms each with piano
* Kitchenette with a variety of equipment (may include kettle, fridge, microwave ovens, mini-oven, grill, and in some cases, a freezer)
* Laundry with cash-operated washing machines and tumble dryers
* Irons and ironing boards
* Bicycle sheds
* Limited car parking
* Students are asked to bring their own bed linen, snack-preparation and eating utensils
I hope this has been of some use to use and given you an insight into another hall other than The Lawns.
I think if I were to do it again then I would still apply for Needler Hall but I would also try Thwaite Hall aswell even though it is a bit more expensive I think. I paid around £80-90 a week for my room at Needler and I believe the ones at Thwaite are £100 + as you can get a large room there.
Anyway hope that helped and let me know if you are thinking of going to the University of Hull! :) x
Halls of residence. Masses of people. Before you move in I would recommend you to look through the options you have. I am sure people love the lawns, if you are THAT kind of person. I moved to the lawns in September last year. Coming straight from another country, that was quite a big change. Suddenly I was surrounded by English people who all would talk very fast, and look astonished when I couldn't pick up all the accents. Oh, well, getting used to that, it turned out to be quite ok for a while. I had my own room, I didn't have to cook (although the food was not really that nice) and it was sociable. But there is always a but. The campus was quite far away from the university itself, and buses would rarely be on time. That was the first catch. The other one was the food. To get dinner at the lawns you had to eat between 5 and 7.. after that a snackbar would be open until 9. I am a person who likes to be independent. When I suddenly were dependent on unreliable buses taking me home for dinner, and even more unrealiable buses taking me back, I felt very tied to the place. I like to be organised. I like societies and to meet people in the evening. This turned out to be a bit difficult. Having three different societies on different weekdays in evenings, made it messy to have to go home to eat, then go back and then come home again. Especially when the buses was not on time. Sure the lawns were sociable enough, but I had mostly of my friends in student houses near the uni, and also the societies in the evening. Another thing is the group mentality that can develop in groups. Wanting to do my own things were not acceptable in the lawns. If I didn't want to go out on Thursday, it was assumed that I kept myself too good for them, which was not really true. Some days all my food would be gone. Once half of the coffee machine was gone aswell, and nobody would tell me where. The coff
eemachine that was in the kithcen as an attempt on being friendly and let people drink something else than bad-tasting instant coffee in the mornings if they wanted. I don't mind sharing. But I do think that if anyone broke my coffee pot by accident they could have told me. I think that to live in the lawns you shouldn't be different. People seem to follow the crowd a lot. If you are happy with that, then that should be fine. I don't know. I never felt really welcome in the lawns, but i am sure it is great for people that DON'T want to go to the uni in the evenings, and that do have their friends concentrated there. I would sit in my room in the evenings, and hear people talking in the room next door. If I went to join them, they would all turn really quiet until I left. I was told I was not feminine enough when I played network games, and when I didn't want to go shopping. Personally I didn't like it that much. Probably because of the loss of indpendence it was to have to get home in order to have dinner and etc, and because I found people a bit extreme and very uniformed. A tip for you who wants to move to the lawns: Be a bit open minded. Accept differences. All people are not like you. It should be easier both to mingle in and to get accepted. I am sure some people have fun there. Just give it a thought about what you expect from the place.
The Lawns is an area of halls of residence about 3 miles away from the university itself. It costs around £1 to travel there by bus and around £4 by taxi. There are many halls and also some bungalows (self-catering). You have the option of a shared or single room - single costs nearly £100 more per year though. Evening meals included, you pay around £60 per week to live here. This price also includes electricity, cleaners and kitchen equipment. Each block has three or four floors with 9 people living on each - 2 shared rooms and 5 singles. OK, so it's fairly cheap living here, but what else does it have going for it? Well, as this is my opinion I am going to tell you exactly how I found it to be. Obviously there are going to be some arguments, but these shouldn't come about because people have been threatening you and destroying your property with knives and shooting at your windows with guns. Rows shouldn't come about because you are against their drug taking either, especially when your warden walks in and catches them in the process of smoking dope and does absolutely nothing about it. Complaints seem to have gone unheard to the warden and tutor - each hall (consisting of about 5 blocks) is allocated a warden and tutor - they are supposed to help you and protect you! Despite these massive problems, if you do find people on your wavelength it is possible to have a good time here (as long as you steer clear of the food - or at least be on food poisoning alert!). There are three bars here and you have the chance to play tennis, table tennis, pool, snooker and pinball. There are also many non-student orientated pubs in the area - they may be higher priced, but the atmosphere is generally better. You can also pick up a late night snack at the 24hour garage here - which is great if you're in need of chocl=olate at 5 in the morning. All in all, I'm sure that it's impossible to live here without problems and
it seems that I got the worst deal when I chose to come here. But, you might be one of the lucky ones and enjoy your time here!
The university has a number of different Halls, unfortuately 90% of them are a good 3 miles away from the university buildings, in a village called Cottingham. Cottingham itself is a very nice village if you take the time to look which most students don't. There are 5 unversity residences in Cottingham, The Lawns, Ferens Hall, Thwaite Hall, Cleminson Hall and Needler Hall. The Lawns is by far the biggest, it is split into 6 sub halls Grant, Reckitt, Downs, Lambert, Nicholson and Morgan, which are again split into blocks A-E. All but Morgan are catered Halls, students eat in the Lawns Centre, food is basic and sometimes edible. The problem, although not in all cases with the Lawns is that alot of the rooms are double rooms which means you have to share with a complete stranger and also means that you will have very little personal space. Lots of people who arrive at university to find they are sharing a room are horrified at the thought, but most soon get used to the idea and they find that they have an instant friend. All rooms in the Lawns complex have balconys which are great in the summer, or during winter when used to chill beer. All room have networked computer access and have wash basins. The Lawns centre also houses a computer room for those who don't own a computer, and of course the obligatory bar, the bar opens every night and has the usual selection of cheap beers and spirits. The Lawns also has it's own tennis courts for those mad enough to enjoy sports, but they are free unlike those at the uni sports centre. As it's name suggests there is alot of green areas at the Lawns and a large area affectionatly known as Telebubby land. Ferens Hall is right next door to the Lawns and shares its catering facilities as its residents have associate membership to the Lawns centre. Needler Hall is in the centre of Cottingham and again is a catered hall providing 2 meals a day, breakfast and dinner. It is right next
door to Safeways and in close proximity to several pubs all popular with the students. Cleminson Hall and Thwaite Hall are very close to each other again both are catered halls providing 2 meals a day, Thwaite Hall stands in extensive grounds which have a lake and tennis courts, it is very picturesque especially in winter. The other university halls are the Taylor Court flats which are directly on the university campus. These flats are self catered and are based on eight people sharing a kitchen area. Rooms are spacious and each has points for connecting to the university computer network and has an aerial socket. Other university accomodation comes in the form of student houses along side the university. The houses are basic and accomodate between 4 and 6 people some have communal living room areas but others don't and there is just a shared kitchen. Cleaners are provided by the university but they only come once per week so it is really the job of the students to keep houses clean and tidy. Prices for accomodation vary between Halls and you get a discount if you are sharing a room, a room in a student house typically starts from about £35. Transport to the university is frequent and starts from the Lawns, and then goes past the other Halls, the buses are usually very busy so if you live at one of the other Halls you want to get the other buses that continue into the city unless you want to stand in the cold only to watch the bus go by without you. A semester bus pass will cost you about £80 prices however change all the time, but it's well worth it as the price of a single ticket to the university will cost over £1. Your bus pass can be used to get into the city centre as well, just be sure to get on a bus thats going into the town.
Lets rock! The lawns certainly does, you just can't go wrong there. Absolurtely brilliant for first years, not so good for higher years, primarily because of the amount of first years there!! OK, you've got your own room, if you're lucky, or you're sharing with someone in a block of about 25 people. Set on about 3 or 4 floors with showers, kitchens, drying room and cleaner! You get an evening meal every night, which does leave a bit to be desired, but it's FREE! a computer room in the main section, along with a games room, massive playing fields, tennis courts and loads of parking places. Sounds good so far? There's also a pretty big bar area open for normal pub hours but way below pub prices, excellent. You also have, as part of your particular block an associated common room, which when you've all payed a small deposit has anything from TV's and pool tables to arcade games and slouching chairs. And there's more! There are also washing rooms provided, which are free, for all your laundry needs. And the final cherry on the cake, which you only really appreciate after not living in the lawns is the fact that you pay NO bills! So you've heard the good points, what about the bad ones, well I can tell you now, that there arn't many! You could live a faior distance from the bar and computer area, because the Lawns is so big, but what are legs for eh?! Each Hall, (there are 6), has a warden, who is put there to spoil your fun, what else. They need some respect or they will fine you money and can even kick you out if they have reasonable cause-so bear it in mind! And the onlyt other bad thing about the Lawns is that if you haven'y got a car, looks like you're getting the bus to and from university every day with all the hundreds of others. You get used to it, but it is a pain in the neck, and you'll have to get a bus pass too, (1997-1998 year was £52 per semester for all bus travel), but it's gone up now, supr
ise suprise!! So the Lawns is a real treat, you'll meet loads of cool people and have loads of fun, and I mean loads, this is the definitive student accommodation-trust me! As for the other halls of residence, there's Ferens Hall, attached to the Lawns, but always regarded of kind of inferior, because it's smaller and hasn't the same facilities, but residents from ferens can use all the lawns facilities, and in ferens you get breakfast every morning too. All the other halls of residence I can only comment briefly on, because I never lived there, only knew people who did. Thwaite hall, generally populated by foreign students, and situated opposite Cleminson hall, with it's fair share too. Again, both have wardens, who WILL enforce the rules, but both halls are set in a really nice area of Cottingham and are a bit closer to the university, but are after the lawns on the bus journey, so when the buses are full, you better start walking or keep waiting!!! Needler hall is very similar to these two, but is actually in Cottingham. the same applies. All other halls have nowhere near the facilities that the lawns has, and are not even close in their size. You want my advice? Go to the lawns, you'll probably regret it if you don't.
Since September 2000, Hull University has officially taken the former University College Scarborough over, the latter now being a campus of the former. Although it is a small campus, and situated somewhat more than a bike ride from Hull itself, it deserves attention nonetheless as those living there frankly won't give a damn about the rest of the university. At the present moment in time I'm a first year student at the Scarborough campus. You may still find references to UCS in places, as with all bureaucratic organisations it takes time to get down to the nitty-gritty of a takeover - simple things like changing letterheads, signs and logos (even down to the website addresses). You should be aware that all your dealings will now officially go through Hull university before you come into contact with the specific administration department at the Scarborough campus. I joined in something of a rush, initially having decided not to bother going to uni before changing my mind at the last minute and applying in a hurry. Their literature leads on to believe the halls are packed by January every year, but in the end I was "lucky" enough to get a room in the halls of residence - or so I thought. Four months into the first term they were still advertising the spare, unoccupied rooms and I can see why. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the halls. "The halls", a rather archaic and intimidating name, are actually a single modern building (built around 1992 as conference accomodation, then bought by the university), and the rooms themselves are all en-suite and quite attractive. The en-suite facilities in particular are a real bonus as the thought of traipsing up and down the halls every time you want to do the business has never particularly appealed to me. Even after long months of solitary showering (with the exception of several drunken episodes, which I shall not cover in detail here), I still have nightmares of
long, echoey corridors and cold, damp bathrooms with ice-cold powerjets. But in reality, the small shower and toilet room is functional so there can be no complaints in this respect. With blocks from A-F and three floors in each with ten rooms per floor, it is quite a large building with something like 180 rooms. This caters for the majority of freshers who wish to stay in halls, and as I mentioned, this year it even proved to be excessive as not all rooms are filled. You may be lucky enough to get one of the second or third floor disabled rooms (as ridiculous as that sounds, especially considering there is no lift access) which are slightly larger than all the others on the floor. An average room is around fifteen feet from door to window and eight feet wide. This does sound a little on the pokey side but proves to be more than enough room for even the most acrobatic of sexual gymnastics (or so I am told). There are a number of "premium" rooms - getting into one of these doesn't require paying £2/minute, but relying on pure chance. As unusual as it is for me, I think I must have the best room in the entire building. I am currently in a third floor room, facing out and away from the rest of the university, with a geometrically-perfect line of sight right down to the sea, which is beautiful to wake up to at any time of the year. Late at nights, if you listen hard, you can even hear the waves crashing against the shore. Somebody once told me that was my toilet overflowing, but it's a nice picture nonetheless. There is a certain something about the place, however, that niggles. The atmosphere is quite strange, as the building encircles a central grass area, so it feels like you're always under scrutiny. If you're lucky enough to get one of the very few rooms that face outwards with a sea view, you've struck it lucky. For the vast majority, and those living on the ground floors in particular, you will soon tire of
people walking past your room and looking in through your windows seeing all your business. Lighting is also a little unusual, employing softer yellow tones which can make the corridors feel a little gloomy. One kitchen is shared per floor (ten people), which works out well as most people (those who choose to pay to) in the halls get £5 worth of food a day to spend at the canteen, meaning you spend little time actually cooking. If you're anything like me, you'll probably only use the kitchen maybe once a day at nights. Unfortunately there is no cooker or hob in the kitchens - only a microwave - which can be a major inconvenience for those who like to eat something better than endless microwave fare. It should also be mentioned that the entire campus is non-smoking, your room included, so unless you are adept at sneaking a crafty smoke out of the window (an action I do not advocate, obviously), smokers may find this an inconvenience. Perhaps the worst aspect of the halls is the price. Cayley Hall costs £2450 for what is roughly a 36 week course. I've been told by friends at other institutions that this is well above average and as my loan has shrunk I've begun to get more and more bitter and resentful for having to pay what does seem a very high price (a bit like the Germans after WWI, only with fewer sausages and inbred monarchs). This price does include £500 worth of food from the canteen (or more accurately, £5 per day which does not carry over from day to day) but when you consider it is possible to rent a room privately for as little as £25 per week plus food, you can see how expensive the halls are at around £70-80 per week. It is hard to summarise the halls at Scarborough. There is nothing wrong with the building itself, and it's located in one of the nicest areas in Scarborough, around fifteen minutes from the town centre (along The Most Boring Road In The WorldTM). But at times it has a very curious atmosphere
and I, for one, am already looking forward to getting my own place for the second year. If you're thinking about coming to Scarborough, feel free to e-mail me (address on my profile page) and I'd be happy to answer anything I've missed out here.