A UWE Student's Guide to Frenchay Accommodation
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re planning on studying at UWE. Most courses, with a few exceptions, are based on Frenchay Campus. As such, you will probably end up living here. With that in mind, it is worth considering what you want out of your accommodation before you decide where on campus you want to live. Here are your options.
Wherever you choose to live, Frenchay is a great campus to be on. It is the beating heart of the university and you will enjoy it greatly, regardless of whether your bathroom is en suite or shared between your whole house!
This is the king of the accommodation. By far the most expensive and easily the largest, Student Villagers enjoy their own en suite shower and toilet. These flats are made up of six rooms and a kitchen, with two flats per floor. The blocks are gated and there are laundry rooms within. There’s no doubt that if money is no object, Student Village is the place to be. However, as for the vast majority of students money is a finite resource, this is something to consider. In addition, while the relatively high security is a comfort at times, it can make hosting larger gatherings and parties very difficult. Overall it is a great place to live, provided you have the money and aren’t planning on holding any Project X parties.
Given that it appears to have been designed in the Soviet Union to house the proletariat, Carroll Court really has one major selling point: the price. At around £1500 cheaper per year than Student Village, those less fussy about accommodation will be more than happy here. Furthermore, unlike in Student Village, security is far more lax, making it much easier to host a party. These small houses are made up of six bedrooms with a shared toilet, two bath/shower rooms and a kitchen. Depending on your housemates, these can be made to look perfectly nice inside. However, as they are small and very communal, clutter will show up easily. If you’re looking for the cheapest and least strict campus accommodation, Carroll Court is your best bet.
I like to think of Wallscourt as baby bear’s porridge. Not too hot, not too cold. At a price around halfway between Student Village and Carroll Court, it is very much the middle option. However, despite it costing a fair bit less than Student Village, one does not lose much by living here. These 8 or 12 bedroom flats contain one bathroom per two residents, meaning you would only share with one other person. The kitchen is enormous and lets in a lot of natural light, and the furnishings are the most modern out of all three. Essentially then, by paying less, you lose the en suite bathroom that you’d have in Student Village. But if this is not a major issue for you, then I would recommend living here. There is also a laundry room nearby, and you are that little bit closer to the Student Union bar than anyone else, which is handy when you stumble home at 4am, trying to remember which house is yours.
Wherever you choose to live, Frenchay is a great campus to be on. It is the beating heart of the university and you will enjoy it greatly, regardless of whether your bathroom is en suite or shared between your whole house! Just make sure you check it out in advance so you don’t end up with any surprises.
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