If you've read my Leeds Uni general review you'll know that I spent some time studying at Sussex uniso have agood first hand comparison to make regarding halls as well.
I'm staying at James Baillie Park and have jsut finished my first year of studying. The halls are spacious, well kept and very well thought out. When I was looknig to choose my halls I wanted to learn from the errors of my previous halls and specifically wanted something more independent feeling (as I'm now 21 and don't want to feel like Im living in a hostel!) so JB had 6 to a flat with no cleaners entering your flat or anything, which I actually think is a bonus because it feels like you're just renting in Leeds rather than being supervised and treated like a kid. I also wanted social areas having learnt that a kitchen with simply a table and chairs was not very sociable. JB has an open plan kitchen-living room with sofas which come in very handy for a) feeling like home and b) hanging out having parties! The rooms are a very good size with plenty of well thought out storage such as under your bed to minise clutter. The laundry and office facilities are easy to use and the staff are very friendly. I wasn't wanting an en-suite as I was specifically looking for living space/location but now that I'm here, it's a bonus!
The location of the halls, I think, is perfect as its 1 mile from campus making you feel both included in university student living (it's in Hyde Park too which is full of students) but also independent as you're not on campus 24/7!! Other halls I've visited have been to a similar standard and I've heard no-one complain!
Only down side of JBP ando ther UNITE accom is the price but honestly, it's worth it!
I am in the middle of my first year of university so thought I would write an honest and recent review of Henry Price halls for those applying to Leeds for accommodation next year. Henry Price is self catering accommodation, right next to uni, which although not the cheapest accommodation is still no where near as expensive as some
others. I will break the down into different parts so it is easier to understand
Location - This is the place to be if you want to live close to uni. The union is literally 2 minutes walk away, and what is even more useful to me, as a psychology student is that the psychology building is even closer. The union is pretty much the centre of everything at the university so whereveryour lectures are held it shouldnt take more than five to ten minutes to walk across campus. The pub "The Library" is on the same road as Henry Price, and is quite popular with students. A comedy club night is held every thursday and there is probably various other nights with different offers on. The pub also serves food. (Beware, they do not allow anyone into the premesis who is under 18 even during the day and seem quite strict with ID so dont be surprised if you go in during the day for a burger and you get IDed) There are various other pubs you will find within a few minutes walk as well. The Eldon which is just around the corner has an offer on on tuesdays where drinks are 1.50, but it can get pretty busy then. A bit further down the road than the library pub is a row of takeaways which are very cheap but still taste good. There is also a small off license which sells alcohol. Its not as cheap as you would find
in a supermarket but considered its just up the road the alcohol is very reasonably priced and still makes your night out a lot cheaper if you drink before you go out. The union has a shop that sells food, I think it is a bit like a co op. However, for your "big shops" you will probably be going to Morrisons which is about 10-15 minutes walk way. It is not too far but when you are travelling back with a load of bags it might seem like quite a trek. There is a bus that stops right outside Henry Price but Im not sure of the prices etc as I never go on the bus :) To get into town it will probably take you about 20-25 mins walk. Its quite a way but it is worth is to be so close to uni. There is also a free city bus that stops at uni and goes straight into town which you can catch. It is sometimes very reliable and comes every few minutes yet other times I have been waiting for forty minutes with loads of bags before it turned up. If you go out at night,it is usually about 5 pounds in a taxi back to HP, which is split between a taxi full of you is next to nothing. Also,if you do find yourself stranded without any money, Amber taxis will take you home in return for your student card which you go pick up the next day at uni and pay the taxi fair. So dont worry if you are out and end up lost/alone/out of
money, you can get a taxi back and Id be surprised if you found a taxi driver who didnt know the way back to HP. If you fancy a night out, but dont want to go too far, the union has the old bar and the terrace to go for some drinks, and also the unis has its own nightclub.
Basically, HP is in a great location is you find it hard getting up in the mornings. You dont have to worry about getting buses and stuff, you can just roll out of bed and go to lectures, which also means you dont have to fork out even more money for a bus pass.
Layout of the building - There are 5 blocks B-F (no A block exists) and 5 floors in each block. In blocks B-E there are 2 flats on each floor (one either side of the stairs) which I think each have 8 people in. In block F there is one flat per floor with 7 people in it, and on the other side of the stairs is a subwardens room on each floor. They get their own mini flat with a big room and proper bathroom but they do share the kitchen with the rest of us. The kitchen is bigger in F block and laid out differently but not necessarily any better than the other blocks. Your flat is basically a corridor, with peoples rooms on either side and another door leading to the kitchen. There is no living room/common room/bar of any kind in HP, which isnt really an issue as there will usually be people to talk to in the kitchen and there are still flat parties and everyone kinda fits into the kitchen. Your mailbox is on the ground floor which is shared between your whole flat. You will get a key for the mailbox when you get the keys to your flat. There is a laundrette near B block which costs 2 pound to wash a load and 1 pound for the dryer. You have to load your money up onto a card and the minimum you can put on is a tenner at a time.
Noise/complaints/subwardens/wardens etc - Im not sure exactly who you are meant to speak to in whatever situation or who technically is in charge of certain things but this information should be available online. All I know is that there is one subwarden on each floor of F block, so 5 in total, and they are in charge of the whole of HP. They take it in turns to be on duty and have a number you can call if you need them for anything. I think you can phone them for problems with your flatmates etc but mostly they are there to deal with noise complains. They are usually postgraduate students but only in their early 20s so they still remember what it is like to be a student. If you ring them they will ask whoever it is to be quieter/turn their music down. If they dont listen
they can take it further and get the warden involved. I think if people repeatedly do this they can get warnings etc although Im not sure cos I dont know anyone who has. Saying this, it is definately not the quietest accommodation there is. It is in the middle of a busy street wiht lots of students, your flat will have around 8 people in it who will be drinking etc and not everyone will be very understanding when it comes to keeping it down. I personally think the best thing to do is to have a word with your flatmates if you want them to be quieter and do it nicely, before you call the subwarden as you will get a lot more respect in the long run. The noise etc really depends on luck of who you get put with, but you will always get people being stupid etc. Although subwardens come if someone complains, HP in general isnt very strict. For example, parties wiht loud music happen regularly, something which some of my
friends in devonshire have received disciplinaries for, and they where nowhere near as loud as ours. I think devonshire is strict about being quiet after a certain time, and although that rule is technically there for HP it isnt enforced very much. It isnt much of a problem for me as I liek the social aspect of it and alhtough people being noisy when Im trying to sleep is sometimes annoying, I can sleep through most stuff. Its not liek the noise will be all night anyway, its sorta something you get used to and expect living in uni accommodation;.
Bedroom - The bedroom is pretty basic but decent. Its got a single bed, sink with mirror above it, wardrobe, a bedside table with some storage room, some drawers under the bed, and a desk with little drawers in and a chair. You arent really allowed to put things on the wall with pins but there are two big notice boards to pin things up on,and if you do want to stick things on walls white tack doesnt leave a mark. The en suite rooms are bigger than the normal rooms but really all the rooms
are a decent size.
Kitchen - pretty average self catering kitchen. Has microwaves, oven, hobs, and enough cupboards for everyone. Also I dont know if it is different in other blocks but in F block there are 3 fridges and 3 freeezers. No cutlery/pans etc are included so you have to bring all that yourself. When you get here you will find your kitchen has way too many of everything as everyone brought them, and while this is still true for stuff liek can openers, its amazing how many plates/bowls have gone missing so make sure you buy cheap ones and if possible ones that are easily identifiable as yours.
Bathroom - In my opinion the WORST thing about HP. It is unlikely you will get en suite and these cost more. You share the bathroom with the person next door to you and there is no locks on the doors, (otherwise you could lock the other person out of the bathroom) It is OK if you come up with a system (e.g. knocking) however ive been walked in on a couple of times while the person has been drunk. That really depends on who you end up sharing with though. If the shower is on you will be able to hear they are in there anyway. Which brings me to the next problem. You can hear EVERYTHING. Not really ideal for the type of person who doesnt like using public toilets incase anyone hears them go, as its much worse. Its as if they have purposely made it not soundproof. Not really a big deal for most people, but if its something you feel self conscious about it wont be ideal. Also, the showers aren't good. Ours is always way too hot, unless you turn the temperature right down, and then it isnt powerful enough. Saying that, the peopels across the halls are fine, they just take a while to heat up.Also, HP may sort that out by next year, but thast just the way it is now.
It really depends what you want from uni accommodation when it comes to choosing. Henry Price has been ideal for me, and Im glad I chose it.
I have just completed my first year studying International History and Politics at the University of Leeds. It was my first time living away from home and the parents so it was imperative to me to get the right accomodation. Fortunately, i chose James Baillie Park, and, could not recommend it more highly to anyone.
The general lay out of the flats in James Baillie are 6 bedrooms in a cluster area (meaning there is a main door separating your 6 rooms from the next flat), and then one large kitchen and living area.
There is also a large common room area at the end of the car park which houses everything you need to live really, including a laundrette, sky tv and the office; for if you run into any difficulties.
The bedrooms at JBP are very well equipped and come fully furnished with a desk, bed, draws, a wardrobe and your very own en-suite. This was personally the best factor for me, i did not like the idea of sharing shower facilities with other people. The bathroom is also very well equipped, housing a shower, sink, toilet and a mirror! What else could you want!!!
Generally you also get a good view looking out onto Headingley, which is quite picturesque for when trying to kill some of the time on facebook that you will inevitably spend at University.
While you are in the flat, this is where you will spend the majority of your time. The kitchen is well-equipped with an oven, microwave, sink, kettle, toaster and a massive breakfast bar for preparing food. I think you also need a toastie-maker! So i would defiantely take one along, for those late night cheese toasties after a night out.
The living room is fairly basic, with 6 seats neatly laid out, but there is plenty of room and a tv aerial plug socket if you want to bring one up. Personally i would recommend it.
The one downside of JBP is the price. At £4050 per year it is the most expensive place you can stay at Leeds University. This is largely due to the site being owned by Unite, who rent the property to the University. This means the bills go up a touch, but it should definately not put you off. The most basic student loan entitles you to £3550 so you only need to find £450 throughout the year, which, in reality, is not a lot of money. If it is to you, then get a job.
The only other problem JBP has are that the walls are literally paper thin, meaning that if you ever do want to get an early night, you may be struggling. However, don't let this put you off too much, you will want to be involved in everything, so you won't care about sleeping.
I lived very happily in flat 54E for one year, and was sad to move out and into my new house this year!
I was in Ellerslie Halls in 2007 which is an on campus, catered, non smoking halls with rooms, not flats. The hall is a two minute walk from the Union building which makes it really conveinient for getting around/to lectures. Meals are taken in the union refectory with a meal card which is topped up a certain amount each day. This gives you more flexibility about what and when you want to eat than many of the dining hall/school dinner typed catered halls there are which I found really useful. The halls itself are a collection of Victorian terrace houses on Lyddon Terrace. The common rooms benefit from high ceilings and neat and tidy decor which gives the halls a rather impressive and grand fist impression. There is also a grand piano in one of the common rooms of the main hall which is great for those who are musically inspired!
In my first year at University I stayed at Clarence Dock halls. They are at the bottom of town, next to the canal. My room had a canal view and I woke up to the ducks quacking every morning. The downside to the hall is that you have to get the bus or walk for 45 mins to get to uni, uphill. The great thing is that its really close to town so great for going out or going shopping. Its also in an up and coming trendy area so there are loads of new bars and resturants.
Security is good, you have to have a card and a key to get into both the main gate, your block and your flat. Its obviously noisy as there are lots of students wanting to have fun. The rooms arent soundproofed, but they are nice and you get your own bathroom. Theres a carpet thats just plain, a bed, a desk with some shelves, a wardrobe and 2 chairs so bring your own stuff to make it your own. It was in a good state when I arrived although I didnt spend too much time in my room because of the bar being there. Theres one block with a lift and that has disabled access in its flats. Theres internet access included in your rent and also your bills are included apart from tv license.
Onsite theres a bar which I now work at, and spent a lot of time in in first year. Its cheap as well, better than the union. Theres also a laundrette, £2.60 for a wash and dry. Theres green spaces and loads of carparking although this costs £100 a year for a permit. It cost me £3600 for an ensuite room in a 5 bedroom flat. We had a kitchen with 2 fridge freezers, cooker and microwave, and table. I think the prices have gone up now but it cant be more than £4100. I loved living there and would recommend it to anyone wanting to live in an instant community.
We advise you to prepare your review offline, then to copy it to this space. This ensures that in the event of a connection time-out your contribution is not lost on posting.Bodington hall is a great place to be as it has a real community feel. I has most things that you need all on site and as many of my friends found out it is a good place to find parteners. The buses are a pain and the speed bumps wake you up. Not to be attempted with a hang over. There is an asda at the end of the brown line and the free paper everyday helps to make the journey more interesting, however do be prepared for deadly bus drivers. Also how i wish that people would give us free bus passes. The buses come regular and are only full at 8am with people trying to get to 9am lectures. The site is quite a way from uni but once you have got used to the journey that half an hour doesn't seem as long. The speed bumps also wake you up when you get back home. I lived in the self catering flats and had so much fun. It isn't very often that you can go back to childhood, sorry. Most of my evenings were spent online, at the bar (DJ dave isn't too bad), playing with childrens toys and hanging out of windows. It is quite fun as well to annoy the poster people who think that every one likes R'n'B and pop music. Bodington hall is really cool and some of the people that i know are staying on to act as sub wardens, mainly for the perks, ie half rent. There are laundry facilites on site and a local luandry a mile down the road. I over heard that someone took their laundry there as they were afraid of doing their own washing. THe self catered rooms are all singles and are quite big and i believe that the catered rooms are either shared or single with a communal bathroom. The self catering people can also buy a meal pass so they don't have to as much cooking. Car parking is ok due to parking permits, however people start to ignore these by the end of
the year. Bodington is surrounded by lots of fields and trees. My flat was certain that we had a demon squirral outside in the trees as it kept staring in through the window.
I had to go to Leeds uni through clearing so first of all i was quite pleased when i actually got into uni accomidation at all. First of all i was put into a shared room at Henry price which was expensive and not really all that nice. The kitchen was far too small for the number of people in each flat and we never had any freezer space as they only gave us one between ten of us! Alos the loo/shower thing wasn't very nice as we always ended up with soggy loo paper! I decided to move out and am i glad that i did! I went to Boddington Hall and ended up spending my time in Vaughn Annex, or as we called it the shed(well that's what it looked like!) Although Boddington is four miles away from uni the bus service was very good and regular up until about 3am so it meant we hardly ever had to pay for taxis to get home, a definate advantage. The social scene at Bod was also really good with an all night ball and partys throughout the year. It also has a cheapish bar and shop wich meant that supplies were always at hand! Overall i would stay at boddington again because of the great community which most other halls tended not to have.
With 1100 people on site, 500 in halls, the place is just awesome! Ok, you may be a few miles out from campus (who wants to be on the door step of uni anyway??), but with a bus turning up every 10 minutes (so they tell you!) there is no problem getting to an from the uni or town. Basically, its the only halls that has its own community. You meet someone new every day, wether it be down the bar or at the bus stop. With each house containing 80 people you also have plenty of variation if you don't get on too well with those on your corridor (highly unlikely!). There are also about 8 houses - so there is thriving competition in the sports events Bodington organises and plenty of good humored rivalry - but it all adds to the entertainment. The accomodation itself is comfortable (I have seen a lot worse!) and facilities good - although the on site gym never was found! As for the catering - I will leave that to your imagination, but at the end of the day the amount of alcohol you will end up consuming will mean you won't go calorie-less!! Basically, if you want to move into halls, you don't mind being woken at 3am everynight (especially Wednesdays after the crowd come back from 'Heaven & Hell') then you can't go far wrong selecting Bodington as your first choice of accomodation. Trust me - I thought it would be awful, but if I had the choice again I wouldn't go anywhere else!! It made my year!
The halls at leeds university are not really that bad in comparason with other halls I've crashed in around this lovley country of ours. IN my first year I stayed at the rather posh hall (Devonshire) which I've talked a lot about in another review on Dooyoo. Needsless to say, my stay there was rather confortable with a nice (if small but clean room) fantastic showers and toilets but poor ppl living there (all public school.. yeuch). The food was also worse than me mams cooking (which is saying something - inedible). There are a series of halls and flats closer to the unversity but these are small and rather cramped and I would recomend staying in flats or halls a bit further away from the central campus e.g. look at Oxley halls and flats, Devonshire, (avoid James Bailey). Look at Boddington (even though it is a long way from the uni its got its own social scene and there is a bus to uni all the time). Email me if you would like to know more