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I spent my first year at solent living in Kimber halls. Of all the halls at Southampton Solent, these are located nearest to the uni (5 min walk) perfect for rolling out of bed late and running to class! I had a small single room which consisted of a single bed, a desk with 3 drawers, built in shelves, a big wardrobe, bedside table with 3 drawers. I chose to pay extra to be in en-suite halls so i had a shower, toilet and sink to myself. I'm glad i chose to do this despite the extra money as it was nice to have the privacy and not to have to run down the corridor wearing a towel! I also had shared use of a kitchen with 5 other people. This had all you'd expect (fridge, over, microwave etc) as well as 2 cupboards each which you could put a padlock on if you chose. You are responsible for cleaning your own room but the communal areas are looked after by cleaners. I would recommend halls when you start uni as it is a good way to make friends, especially with people you wouldn't normally meet!
£77 pounds a week? You're having a laugh mate! These halls are notorious for being the most expensive halls outside london (I think due to the huge deficit in institute funds for splashing out on hundreds of computers, well rumour has it) they are also notorious for false fire alarms. Apparently the Institute get fined £1000 or there abouts everytime the fireservice get called out. It is terribly annoying having to evacuate one's warm cocoon whilst nursing a hangover from the night before on the sound of the fire alarm only to find out some annoying immature student has set it off on purpose! They also have a big noisy truck-type-thing emptying the skip in the car park in Kimber halls every week, and seem to run a lawnmower for an hour over the tiny patch of grass called the garden. You laugh now, you'll see! The rooms are tiny, they are not cleaned and you are not provided with meals, sound good for £77 a week? No. The communal areas get cleaned. e.g. the kitchen, there's a common room (which nobody goes in) washing machines, don't go in the washing room on a sunday afternoon, it's way too busy. Try mid-week morning. The rooms however are new and clean, the best halls to be in are david moxon annexe in my opinion. My post went missing, I have 3 letters still waiting to arrive, and to top it off none of the rooms have internet connection. If you want to live in a one-star hotel for a year, go ahead.
The accomodation in Southamton institute halls, is famously one of the most expensive in Britain around £69 pounds a week. and consists of several blocks that are in and around the city. 1) Lucia Foster Welch Is the biggest set of halls for Southampton institute, Does not have ensuite showers (around 3 between 10) and is located in Sotons expensive ocean village area. Good Points: 24 hr one stop conveience store 2 cinema's 1 art house 1 mainstream) 2 nightclubs within a 5 min radius (The Beach + New york new york both cheep and cheesy) 3 or 4 nearby pubs Pool /arcade nearby Friendly social atmosphere Pizza + Kebab + harry Ramsden nearby. Nice open plan dorms Electrity included Bad points: Noise. Mischief makers Fire alarms going off at night 15 minute horrible walk to the institute overall where I stayed last year the best place if your a social up all hours person. but bad if you want a quiet retreat from the storm The Deanery Good points Nearer to the institute More secure entrance ensuite showers less vandalised than LFW Common room electricity included Bad points No nearby ammenities Depressing high rise feel Less sociable I'd hate to live here but better if you want to work a lot at home rather than the library, this is ok Hamwic Good points Same as Deanery Bad Feels like a mental asylum/hospital