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Savoretti · 26/06/2021 20:21

We have to make a decision this weekend. DD is more bothered about having a nice room rather than whether she is in town, Clifton or Stoke Bishop. Any advice on the nicer accommodation blocks?

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ChairOnToast · 26/06/2021 20:26

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mumsneedwine · 26/06/2021 21:17

@Savoretti DD was at Orchard Heights. Lovely room, v modern with double bed and loads of storage. Funky en suite and massive kitchen between 5 of them. Courtyard in middle meant lots of socialising outside. She's loved it there. Walking (or electric scooter) distance to everything.

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Savoretti · 26/06/2021 21:31

@mumsneedwine That’s exactly what she’s after Smile
First choice - thank you, just so nice to have a real review

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Xenia · 26/06/2021 22:07

My twins (who graduated last year) were in Wills and the other Churchill (and their sister in Wills years before) - all Stoke Bishop catered, loved it.

Everyone has different things that matter for them so just have a look on line and then decide or rather apply - not everyone gets where they apply to.

My favourite is Wills as it looks like this www.bristol.ac.uk/accommodation/undergraduate/residences/wills/ and has a chapel

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NCTDN · 26/06/2021 22:41

What's the fit like in the catered halls?

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NCTDN · 26/06/2021 22:41

Not fit. Food Blush

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Savoretti · 27/06/2021 06:22

Thanks all - she’s keen on having a ‘nice’ room as she reckons she’ll be stuck in it for quite some time. Photos are often of the best ones so just wanted first hand experience of which halls are actually nice irl.

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Needmoresleep · 27/06/2021 09:57

I would go for one of the Clifton or City Centre halls.Stoke Bishop is quite isolated and there is nowhere to go if you want time away from flatmates.

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Xenia · 27/06/2021 10:03

My children loved the food but this was before Covid 19 so I cannot provide it has not changed. Even my vegan son had lovely ladies serving him who used to point out what was available for him and give him big portions! In fact on Sundays they used to go to breakfast at 11am sometimes and then lunch at 1pm (as Sundays where was no evening meal).

There may be more private schools pupils in the catered halls in Stoke Bishop as catered halls cost more so just make that part of the decision making process either way - people may want to avoid people like my children like the plague or be happy to mix amongst them.

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bevelino · 27/06/2021 10:04

Bristol university accommodation website has video footage and images of all the residences and types of rooms (including all the prices to enable you/dd) to budget. My dds were at Stoke Bishop and loved their time there. However, halls are only for the first year and most of your dds university life will be spent in house/flat shares.

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Savoretti · 27/06/2021 10:05

Thanks @xenia. She’s looking at self catering but may put a couple of the catered ones down too as she likes the look of Wills and Churchill

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Needmoresleep · 27/06/2021 10:18

The problem with self catering in SB, is that there are no local shops, so no chance to pop out for a pint of milk. And not unknown for hungry flatmates, back from a night's clubbing, to hoover up anything in the fridge. During DDs time SB addresses werebanned by Just Eat and Deliveroo adding to the problem.

Her view, but if she had her time again she would aim for Clifton, and the scope to access 'Spoons, the library, the SU and supermarkets without having to wait for the bus.

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Xenia · 27/06/2021 10:38

Need and I always disagree on this on MN which is fine - it gives people variety of views which is a good thing.

My 3 Bristol children's friends (some for life) were often from their year 1 halls and then they shared with people from year 1 halls in year 1 and 2. So I would pick a hall not just on the basis of distance (although stoke bishop is much nicer in my view than middle of town too) but potential friends.

Anyway I have no skin in this game and my last child in Bristol leaves in 2 weeks forever....

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mumsneedwine · 27/06/2021 12:29

My DD is currently on her friend from OH's yacht in the Scilly Isles. 5 of them sailing for a week. So potential friends thing has worked out well 😂.

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Xenia · 27/06/2021 19:53

Yes, my daughter made good friends one of whose father's bought him a house in Bristol where they lived in years 2 and 3 for example.

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mumsneedwine · 27/06/2021 20:17

😊. DD has loved Bristol this year and met so many amazing people. They have all become 'family' and looked out for each other when ill, isolating or just feeling a bit fed up. It's been a first year like no other!

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Savoretti · 27/06/2021 20:56

That sounds lovely @mumsneedwine. Hope it’s like that this year too.
What halls is she in?

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mumsneedwine · 27/06/2021 22:47

@Savoretti she is in Orchard H. Has friends in Courtrooms too. Let's hope next year is easier for all of them 🤞

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Fferny1 · 29/06/2021 00:39

Mine was in Goldney in Clifton and would heartily recommend it.
It's self catering and the grounds and building are beautiful. DD also really enjoyed living in Clifton and being so close to the action. Her current house mates are all from Goldney.
She saved money by taking in her own packed lunch every day, The catered individuals didn't have that opportunity.
Plus they had to provide their own Sunday meal.

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Needmoresleep · 29/06/2021 13:07

No argument with Xenia at all.

The point I was trying to make was that Clifton allows more escape if things are going wrong.

Sometimes posters on threads like these act as if it is the fault of an individual student if things don't go according to plan during their first year, as if they are some sort of Billy-no-mates.

Things did go wrong for DD. Flat of twelve in Stoke Bishop. One of the stronger personalities got a bit carried away with being away from home and started partying hard, stopped attending lectures and became entirely nocturnal. Anyone who did not keep pace was "boring" and did not deserve basic courtesy. Made worse by the fact that DD played University sport so had to be a lesbian. (Obviously!) It was like Year 7 all over again. DD's now best friend, faced a similar problem in another flat and quickly asked for a move, finding herself with some great people who she then shared with for the next two years. DD tried to stick it out, which was a mistake, until a dangerous drug related incident triggered an emergency move.

She got through the year and the next year was much easier. (Plus reports that her previous flatmates who went on to share a house together had a huge second year bust up.) The advantage of Clifton or City Centre is that if things are tense you can go to the library, SU, or simply hang out with friends. Flats tend to socialise together, and it is difficult if you don't share interests.

To some extent it is luck. If you are reasonably sociable, you will meet your people sooner or later, but not necessarily in your first term. (The old adage about spending the second year shedding the friends you made in your first.) DD met a lovely group during a summer placement before the start of her second year, and indeed, despite the trials of online learning, found fellow students during her intercalation year in London, warm and supportive (they have even invited her on next year's sports tour.)

I think it is important to recognise that the transition from school to University can be challenging. (DD was lucky in that she had had a gap year, and had also moved school for sixth form, so was in a better position to resist the peer pressure.) Not all will have a soft landing and there is often not much that can be done about it, other than to seek a quick move if things are clearly not working out. Judging from the number of DMs I received following similar posts (this was the year when Bristol had a significant suicide problem, and from DDs experience there were quite serious issues with their pastoral support mechanisms) DD was far from alone.

Perhaps DD's problem was a failure to hang out with OH's. Hmm

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bendmeoverbackwards · 08/07/2021 07:59

Watching with interest, dd is due to go to Bristol this year, grades permitting.

She wants catered and has our down Clifton Hill House as first choice.

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Bringmemoonshine · 08/07/2021 08:07

My dd was in Goldney and loved it.

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mumsneedwine · 08/07/2021 08:10

DD has had a fantastic first year, even with COVID. Found out yesterday she's passed all her exams so on to 2nd year in their mahoosive house. It's such a lovely city.

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ApolloandDaphne · 08/07/2021 08:12

My DD was in Badock in Stoke Bishop which is catered. A nice room was NOT what she had but she loved it so much. She made loads of friends and had a blast!

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kindlyensure · 08/07/2021 11:34

I would echo the location being so important, especially in these covid times.

DD has just finished her first year in Clifton halls and had the best year, despite the restrictions. She deliberately chose a halls with shared bathroom and kitchen and with more people in (11) which was a really clever move because it meant there were more people in her 'bubble' to isolate/socialise with.

If you are in a lovely room but with your own bathroom and maybe only 5 on your corridor, 2 of whom might be students who decided to study at home, one of whom might not be your type, then that is a much smaller pool of potential friends.

The Clifton halls feel like old school boarding dorms and the plus side is that you are in the heart of a really vibrant and interesting community with cool shops, cafes, pubs, right on your doorstep so you can escape the student bubble also.

TLDR: Don't underestimate the advantage of being 'all in it together' with a shared bathroom and kitchen rather than tucked away in a 'nice' room.

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