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246 study bedrooms in 60 flats

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      03.08.2010 15:18
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      Student living in the city centre of Liverpool.

      This impressive, beautiful old building is arguably THE best located student accommodation in Liverpool. It faces onto Lime Street and overlooks St George's Hall (those occupants paying that bit extra for a City View room will be able to gaze out onto this view from their bedroom window). It is also directly above Lime Street station, to the point where I looked out of a window onto its roof and was able to hear the announcements in the station and the trains too from time to time. I began to find these sounds comforting and reassuring. However, I didn't feel quite the same way about the many seagulls living on the roof!!

      There are 240 rooms, I believe, and I know these are laid out over 6 floors. Flat numbers are 3 digits long and the first digit signifies your floor number, eg flat 101 is on level 1. There are 3-6 bedrooms per flat, none of which are ensuite.

      I asked for a room in a quiet flat and found myself on the 6th floor of the building, where there are only 2 flats; one at each end of a fairly long corridor with sturdy doors along the way. Essentially, I got what I asked for!!

      The flats are managed by Cosmopolitan Student Homes, who are responsible for other student properties in various cities. There is a security guard on duty 24/7 as well as there being management from Cosmopolitan and maintenance men onsite daily. Mail goes to the reception area daily and is saved there for you so no worries about it being stolen or you having to go to a sorting office (even though it's only 3 mins walk away anyhow!)

      There are no washing machines in the flats; the laundry room is located on the ground floor and costs £2.50 per load to wash, and £1 an hour to use the dryer. There's a small sofa in the laundry room to sit and wait for a machine to become available; even when I thought I was being smart and avoiding the rush on a saturday night, it was still busy!!

      There are no landlines for phones but you can subscribe to the internet (cable, which is already fitted in each room) via Keysurf from £18 a month, which you do by signing up and paying Cosmopolitan when you're there.

      Rooms are basic but sufficient; the building was at one stage a hotel in its history, and has been rented out to Beatle Week attendees. There's a bed, a sink, a desk, a hard chair, a soft chair, a modest sized wardrobe, a bedside table and a small chest of drawers provided. There is a carpet and there are radiators although mine needed bleeding on a regular basis and I bought an additional radiator to combat the winter cold.

      I also had to buy additional aerials for my TV (which reminds me, you're responsible for sorting out your own TV License).

      Each bedroom door is lockable. There is an electronic key fob for the external door, and then a standard key for the front door of the flat and for your bedroom door.

      There are no big communal rooms; we have a shared toilet and a shared shower in the flat, as well as a small shared kitchen which has a table and 4 chairs but we never sit in there to eat.

      The building is safe and fantastic value for money, starting from just £64 a week (which is what I paid) with all bills included. It's seconds from the train station (it's above it!) and 5 minutes walk to the coach station as well as near to all other bus links. In fact, the location meant I didn't need to pay for a bus as I could walk to lectures within 10 minutes.

      Overall, I totally recommend this as a student accommodation option in Liverpool.

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