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Member Name: em_01204
Halls Of Residence At The University Of Leeds
Advantages: Location, close to uni and takeaways etc. not too far from town.
Disadvantages: No common room, bad situation with bathrooms
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.
Summary: Great location, nice place
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