Advantages A stepping stone to independence, all bills included, great locations, an easy way to meet people.
Disadvantages Noisy, over-priced, faulty fire alarms.
I have lived in halls at Cardiff University since September and I am not too impressed, to be honest. I applied to university in my year off so I got unconditional offers from several uni's. I chose Cardiff and they then sent me an accommodation brochure, explaining the choice of halls and the process of applying.Cardiff University like to boast about the quality of their modern accommodation, 3/4 of which has en-suite bathroom facilities. Well here you can get the Kitty low down. Whether you are a prospective student or simply curious as to how us students live, read on. My Dad was surprised about the fact that we have en-suite facilites, "living in luxury? It wan't like that in my day!" Yes, Dad, we all know you used to sleep on a bed of nail and share a toilet with 50 others when *you* went to university in the good old days!
I had to send off my form with my top 10 choices, in order of preference. I was lucky to get my first choice, probably because I had a firm offer from the university.The first thing that surprised me was the costs involved. At home I live in a two bedroomed flat which costs less than £50 rent a week. Rents in Cardiff University Halls of Residence range from around £45 a week for a self catered room with shared bathroom facilities, up to £70 a week for a catered room with an en-suite bathroom. Quite expensive in my opinion, but then my £45 a week pays for my room, all bills and basic insurance. So I can leave the heating on for as long as I want without stressing about the bills like I do at home. Rents are more expensive at city universities than rural ones (such as Keele or Lancaster, for example) so compared to other similar unis, the prices are similar.
I will give each of the main halls an overview then describe my own, as I obviously have more to say about where I live. There are (according to the Cardiff University website) 12 different halls of residence.*Talybont* (North and South)
This is the largest of the residences and nearly everyone I meet seems to live there. I went to see it on a visit to Cardiff last year and I was not impressed as I think it looks like an industrial estate!
Talybont North houses 962 students and South 125. Too impersonal for me! Talybont is basically loads of modern houses split up into flats. Most of the rooms are en-suite. Right next to the Talybont complex is a McDonalds and a Tesco Extra. On the site itself there are impressive facilities such as a gym and a bar. Talybont is about a mile from the main campus and can be reached by a cycle path-which is quite dangerous at night. There is a free bus service to the uni and the city centre from Talybont. All flats are self catering.
The halls with the unpronounceable name are in a great location; just behind the students union and less than a mile from the city centre. They house 610 students, with a mixture of en-suite and standard facilities, and all self-catered.*University Hall*
The most expensive hall is nearly three miles away from the uni campus, although there is a free bus service and limited parking permits available to students.
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