…and it’s revision time again. I have got six exams lined up to make my last month of my first year in uni painful, boring and miserable. So I haven’t got that much to share with you because all I do is eat, sleep and study… literally.
I believe many of my readers here will be MBS-students after the summer so I will actually dedicate this blog post to you, as I believe some of you have received conditional or unconditional (congrats!) offers from UCAS. Either way, it’s that time of period when you start planning on where you will live during your first year of studies here in Manchester. Before you sign any tenancy agreements or submit any accommodation application forms, please do read the following.
…love snoozing, going home for breaks or just love short distances to work or school then you should definitely choose to live in the City Campus (Grosvenor Group of Halls). I live in one of the buildings called Bowden Court, sharing a flat with 9 people. I did my research before applying for university halls and location weighted more than anything else as I was determined to attend ALL lectures. It’s easy when MBS is literally next door! However, the campus has its reputation for being “quiet” and “dead”, but I strongly disagree. My friends who live in Grosvenor Place and Grosvenor Street (two other building) say it’s boring and that you don’t get to interact with people as you live in corridors. Bowden Court has flats that you share with 9 people (same sex). You definitely feel more like a family after a while. And yes, there are more parties in Bowden Court, but up to a limited amount, unlike Fallowfield (see below).
… enjoy socialising most of your time, can revise for an exam the night before and have a photographic memory, then Fallowfield is the place to be. It is like most students say “the real student experience”. Yes, there are a lot of parties and some of my friends hate it, others love it. You won’t be able to walk to the University unless you wear magic trainers, and you should also bear in mind that if you take the bus in the morning you will be dealing with morning traffic. The prices for the halls in Fallowfield can vary depending on what building it is and what type of room (ensuites are more expensive), but this is the place where you will find the cheapest student accommodation. They also offered catered rooms which means they offer full pension with all meals included on weekdays.
…like to be right in the middle, at the centre of the university campus area (Students Union and the main library) then Whitworth Park could be the best option in terms of price, location and a balance between parties and studies. I’ve heard they have their own free gym as well and apparently they pay the same price as we do in Grosvenor; have bigger rooms, larger common area and they are also located close to ASDA (massive supermarket). Yes, it is located next to a park if you are the morning jogger and hate running on treadmills. You will have to do a few laps though because the park is not massive.
…want to be slightly more “odd” and live on the North Campus or in Victoria Park then those accommodations have some to offer. Victoria Halls is in Victoria Park. Great location and the walk/journey to the university is compensated by high standard rooms but still relatively cheap. The North Campus is right next to Piccadilly train station and only moments away from the shopping district.
I am sure that other people have different impressions of these campuses and would probably have other opinions of the pro’s and con’s I have just mentioned. Whatever you do, do not choose private accommodation! Most of them are overpriced and the people do not get to interact with others like they do in university halls. I think meeting new people is one of the most important things in the first year and living in a private flat away from the campus area is not the right way to go. Let’s face it, we all get home sick at some point, but living in the right place with the right people can make the transition to your new home much easier. It did for me.