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These are the only university of southampton halls I have fully experienced and stayed in and I must say I have been very impressed with the standard of the rooms. The halls are en suite and self catered, although there is a catered pay as you go hall which you can use if you can't be bothered to cook after a along day! I haven't actually ever used the catered hall as I prefer to cook for myself so can't comment on the quality or price of the food. When I stayed there the price for an en suite room was approximately £115 a week, although this may have changed by now.
The halls are set out into flats of 8 people with a shared kitchen. The kitchens are very big and have plenty of cupboards for everyone to have their own and these can be locked by their owners to make sure no sneaky housemates steal your food! The kitchens have a large table and chairs so everyone can socialise together.
The rooms are of a good size, with a big desk, shelves, wardrobe and pin board so you can put up photos. There is also a bedside table and comfy chair and plenty of floorspace. You are allowed to decorate the walls and so you can really make your room your own. The walls are a whitish colour which you would be so thankful for if you'd stayed anywhere like the kings college london halls with their mustard yellow and green walls! The halls are relatively new and so none of the paintwork is missing and the halls are in really good quality and clean (this may change once you've moved in though!) One wall has carpet on it, which I find weird and I've never really understood but there you go.
The en suite bathrooms are a good size and much bigger than a lot of others that I have seen. Whereas some halls en suites tend to be like a portaloo these are proper sized with closed in showers etc. They are still small of course but they are of an adequate size. The showers are also relatively powerful. The bathrooms also come with a mirror.
The actual location of Glen Eyre Halls is very good and it is a mere 5 minutes walk from the highfield campus, where you can find most academic buildings, the library, student union, stags head and my favourite: the nuffield theatre! There are also lots of takeaways just down the road who will even deliver to you on a lazy day! The halls are in a very leafy area and there is lots of grass and trees surrounding the halls and on the actual site. It really is a lovely place to live and in my opinion, the best halls the university has to offer!
I was a student resident in Highfield Halls for one year as an undergraduate, and also visited friends in Highfield Halls in subsequent years. Highfield Halls, catered accommodation at the University of Southampton, were perhaps the least well known of all the University Residences as they are much smaller than the others with only 180 residents. The accommodation was split into two blocks: Aubrey House and Wolfe House, both located around a central, grassy quad. My review will take the following format:
- My Room
- Other Rooms (including Common Room, bar, courtyard)
- The Food
- Location (the main selling point!)
It may sound a little silly to write a review of my room but, naturally, the room I stayed in will be representative of many of the other rooms like it. I was lucky enough to have en-suite shower and toilet. They were tucked away in the corner - the door looked almost like the entrance to a cupboard. It was extremely convenient to have them there, but they did come at an extra cost of approximately £20 a week. I was also responsible for cleaning them, whereas the communal shower and toilet facilities were cleaned by the staff. This didn't bother me at all though - I'd much rather have a shower within 2 seconds walk than have to go up the corridor every morning.
The room was furnished with a large desk (looking out a window into the courtyward), a set of drawers, a very large wardrobe (enough space for four people inside... don't ask!), a bed and two sets of shelves. One of these shelves was where I kept all my music, the other (smaller one) was for my textbooks! The quality of the furniture was very good and I never had a single breakage. The bed was remarkably comfortable too.
My room was an exception as there were only 6 of them in Aubrey House. However, every room in Wolfe House was ensuite. The layout was significantly different though. Instead of a long room, the Wolfe House rooms were more box like in shape. As well as the "en suite" option on the application form, you could also choose to have a sink in your room. None of my friends were without a sink... so I don't actually know if "sink" was an option at all! There was probably one room out of 180 that didn't have a sink!
JCR (Junior Common Room) - a very large space on the first floor with a high ceiling, good lighting, great widescreen digital television, pool table and a mass of comfy chairs and coffee tables. Greaet for holding events in (e.g. open mic nights) or watching sporting events.
The Bar - the world's smallest bar in 1994 (I think it was '94). The party usually spilled out in to the reception and corridors though. Having a tiny bar was something of a talking point and no-one seriously minded that you could only fit about 20 people in there.
The Quad - I've interchangeably called this the Quad and the Courtyard - as did the residents of Highfield Halls. It didn't really have a name. It was sometimes just "The Grass". We used to have barbecues out on it in the summer, or play games. There were some rather worrying "plate throwing" incidents that took place in the quad as well as a bouncy castle day... students, what are they like?
Dining Room - catered halls with a dining room to seat about 140. There were never any problems for seating.
Here's a big selling point for the Halls... and perhaps, sadly, a point to put some people off. Generally, let's be fair, the food was fine. Better than the stuff some of us used to cook up on Saturdays. I should explain.
When I was a student, food was served twice a day on week-days. Breakfast (variety of cereals, toast, cooked foods, coffee, tea and juice) and dinner. At weekends, a "Big Breakfast" was serving on Saturday morning and Sunday lunch on Sunday. We had to cater for ourselves on weekday lunch times and weekend night dinners... hope that makes sense!
The breakfasts could never be complained about. It's hard to go wrong with toast and cereal. Some students liked to moan about the variable quality of the toast - in my experience it was always hot and bread-based. Haha. No complaints there.
Dinners were more debatable. The pasties were disgusting. Really horrible, brought in, heated up on site greasy-yuck. Other dishes to avoid were the vegetarian curry and the pizza. A menu, offering 3 main dish options (always one vegetarian) was posted up at around 5pm every day. Dinner was served from 5.45pm. This meant that, if you were quick enough, you could get in from lectures, check the menu and line up in time to get the "best" dishes. There was always something nice on offer, it was just a questin of "would they have run out by the time you got there?"
Let me finish by talking about Highfield Halls location. It is fantastic. Any resident is within 10 minutes walk of both Hghfield Campus (home to sciences, law, geography and the students union) and 5 minutes walk from Avenue Campus (home of humanities). I feel I should write more to emphasise this point - you will not find any University accommodation that is closer to the two major campuses of the University. All other Halls of residence are at least 20 minutes walk away or require a bus journey. The advantages of being so close are (let's be honest)
- getting up late and still being on time
- getting ghome safely after a night of clubbing at the students union (no need for cabs or waiting around for buses)
- being very close to a major bus route. 2 minutes walk and you're at the U2 stop, which takes you directly into the city centre.
- being 10 minutes walk from Portswood highstreet - which sports a Waitrose and Somerfield for handy (if not expensive) shopping!
- being in a good neighbourhood. Highfield is one of the more "up market" neighbourhoods in Soutahmpton. As a result, I never experienced any problems on the surroudning streets
- being 4 minutes walk from TWO pubs (The Crown is much better in my opinion than The Highfield Pub - but they're both there for you to sample!)
- being very close to the Common
Ah yes - I didn't mention that vefore. Southampton Common is literally on your doorstep if you're in Wlfe House. Lovely for the summer months - you can just step outside and enjoy the acres of parkland.
Southampton University has got a very diverse selection of Halls of Residence. They range from the small and cosy St Margaret's to the absolutely humungous Glen Eyre. I was a Southampton Student from 1987 until 1993, and I had the privilege (?!) to be a resident of three of the halls, and so I thought that I would offer a very humble opinion of each of them. 1987-88 Fresher year- Glen Eyre Hall- a very big hall with around 900 students at the time. Great bar, great disco, shop, launderettes and its very own radio station that I could not get. Wide ranging rooms from the old blocks to the 'New Courts' to the terrace. Snack bar is ok- I worked in there for a time- very busy and very good for someone who wants a hectic social life. 1990-91 Finals Year - Montefiore House - Great laugh, in a self catering flat with six other finalists. Facilities were more than adequate, we had our own shower and toilet, as well as a kitchen. Monte Bar was great and we were not too far from Stoneham and Connaught for their events. A great Hall and a really good time- shame the finals got in the way! 1992-93 Richard Newitt Hall - I was one of two senior residents of this hall, which was formerly an old people's home. This was home to only 30 finalists or postgrads like myself. The rooms were fine, I had two as a senior res, and I even got my own phone. We were attached to Glen for social life, which was a 10 minute walk away. Very strange and a little isolated, but a great spirit in the hall. Everyone looked out for one another and we had a great year, particularly as we were the first ever residents. There is a selection- Southampton halls can offer a lot of different things, but I think they can now be a little pricey. But overall, like the Uni, they are, in my humble opinion, a wonderful place to start off your student career.
I have studied in University of Southampton for five years (well it is a long time for me). There are several halls of residence of University of Southampton. Those are Montefiore House of Residence, Glen Eyre Hall of Residence, South Hill Hall of Residence, Bencraft Hall of Residence, and so forth. I stayed at Montefiore and Glen Eyre before. Montefiore House is about 20-30 minutes walking distance from the main campus however there is a bus stop in front of the hall which I think quite convenient. There are frequent buses go to the main campus and the city center. Glen Eyre Hall and South Hill Hall are about 10-15 minutes walking distance from the main campus. However there won't be no bus after 7pm. Lastly, Bencraft Hall is the furthest which is about 30 minutes walking distance from the main campus however there is bus service to go there. There are other hall of residences such as those located at the New College which is near the city center but very far from the main campus, St. Margeret Hall which is located near the avenue campus and so on. The furnishing of some of the halls are very old but the university is willing to spend some money to improve them. The security is getting better because the accommodation office has hired quite a lot of guides to route around the hall area. Room size depends on which hall you stay. As I know Montefiore House rooms are smaller than Glen Eyre Halls rooms. Although we don't have to bother about cleaning kitchen, toilet, and bath room if we stay in hall (well for some rooms which is en-suite we have to clean the bath room and toilet ourselves) sometimes I get fed up for the accommodation office service which is very messy and non-systematic. Additionally, normally halls fees are cheaper comparing to private house. However I reckon that things are changing. The reason is the hall fees are increasing drastically from year to year. It really depends on what you like.