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Top 10 Student Halls in the UK

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Guest post: Niall Perri

For the thousands of students starting university in the UK this September, choosing where to live is a big decision. Your student halls are where you will be spending the majority of your time (and money!) next year – but choosing student accommodation before you arrive often feels like a plunge into the unknown. To make your decision a bit easier, we’ve produced a list of the top 10 student halls in the UK, compiled from 5,132 student reviews.

1st – Liberty Works, Sheffield Hallam University

Liberty Works, Sheffield Hallam University

Liberty Works, situated near to Sheffield Hallam University, is praised by students for its homely feel. This student accommodation features common room spaces ideal for socializing, and this has been instrumental to promoting its vibrant community. It is also in a fantastic location, with the university campus being a seven minute walk and the nightlife also just minutes away. Staff and management were also positively mentioned for their friendliness and eagerness to help.

Average student review score: 4.64 / 5

2nd – Falkner Eggington, Loughborough University

Falkner Eggington, Loughborough University

Falkner Eggington is a recently refurbished student hall situated on the Loughborough University campus. Past and present students love its close-knit community feel, encouraging participation from all students, with residents coming from all around the globe. Due to its layout, it is able to host a range of diverse events, including street parties. Furthermore it is ideally situated close to all points of interest on the campus.

Average student review score: 4.63 / 5

3rd – Harry French, Loughborough University

Harry French, Loughborough University

With a large student base of 400, Harry French is situated just off the Loughborough University campus, making it close to Loughborough town whilst also being minutes away from all the amenities on the campus such as the Students’ Union. The student accommodation is accompanied by plenty of garden areas, which means residents enjoy summer events such as BBQs. To top it off, it has an incredible community spirit and offers great value.

Average student review score: 4.53 / 5

4th – Norwood House, University of Bath

Norwood House, University of Bath

Situated above the University of Bath’s Students’ Union, students living at Norwood House are never far away from all activities on campus, being located close to their lectures, nightlife and other campus facilities. Furthermore, students are pleased by the value for money, size of the rooms and the social atmosphere offered by student accommodation at Norwood House.

Average student review score: 4.54 / 5

5th – Holland Hall, University of Exeter

Holland Hall, University of Exeter

Holland Hall is a great choice for any student at the University of Exeter. It has a close community, clean residences and a modern building. It also offers strong managerial support for its residents, with staff who are always happy to help. Rooms come with double beds and en suites as standard, and there’s a choice between catered or self-catered student accommodation depending on preference.

Average student review score: 4.52 / 5

6th – Marris House, Newcastle University

Marris House, Newcastle University

Marris House is ideal for those looking for a balance between being in a quieter student hall whilst also offering a vibrant social scene with regular events. It is located close to various amenities on the Newcastle University campus, such as the sports center. Furthermore, the rooms, kitchens and common room have been praised highly by students for being spacious and well-equipped.

Average student review score: 4.47 / 5

7th – Reichel, Bangor University

Reichel, Bangor University

Students have praised Reichel Halls for the size of the rooms offered and the bustling social scene with regular events. It is within easy reach of all the main facilities on Bangor University’s campus and other handy amenities, such as the local supermarket. Furthermore it offers fantastic value for money, making it a wise choice for any student going to Bangor University.

Average student review score: 4.47 / 5

8th – Norfolk Terrace, University of East Anglia

Norfolk Terrace, University of East Anglia

Norfolk Terrace is unique in that its architecture was designed by Denys Lasdun, who was also the designer behind the Royal National Theatre in London. Situated on the University of East Anglia’s campus, it has a large community and is located centrally, making it ideal for getting involved. To top it off, some rooms even feature views over the Norfolk countryside and river.

Average student review score: 4.46 / 5

9th – The Towers, University of Essex

The Towers, University of Essex

The Towers is a grouping of six different towers containing student halls. They are in an ideal location for students with quick access to both lectures and the University of Essex Students’ Union, perfect for those looking for the best of both worlds. Furthermore, there is a large community due to the size of the halls, so the social experience is unrivalled, and many former residents say they made friends for life here.

Average student review score: 4.43 / 5  

10th – Lafrowda, University of Exeter

Lafrowda, University of Exeter

Lafrowda Halls is situated in an ideal location on the University of Exeter campus, with the Students’ Union and Library only a short distance away. It houses 355 students, making it an ideal option for those who like being a part of a large community, which past residents have praised for being vibrant and sociable. Furthermore, staff members are happy to help students out with any queries they may have.

Average student review score: 4.42 / 5

Best Hall Awards 2015Niall writes for StudentCrowd, a website providing students in the UK with a platform to write reviews on their experiences at university. He is also a first year undergraduate student at Loughborough University, reading Information Management and Business. If you’d like to discover more of the top student halls in the UK, visit the full article for the Best 50 Halls in 2015.

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I've been looking to apply for some accommodation in Exeter uni, but I just don't know which to go for! There aren't that many resources out there where I can find a good opinion on, but after a while of searching room tour videos, I came across this youtuber, who is an Exeter grad called Francesca Michaud who makes loads of Exeter related videos! Her "Exeter University Accomodation: Holland Hall Room Tour! SUPER DETAILED Room Tour for Exeter Freshers" video really helped me to make the decision whether to apply to Birks or Holland Hall, so I'd highly recommend her videos for anyone needing advice!

I had some friends who lived in the Liberty Works, it was great they use to be so many people there. Great vibe! I was situated in a accommodation close by which was more of a personal accommodation, if you want to be with lots of students then definitely go shared but if you enjoy your own company more then definitely go for a more personal accommodation close by.