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10th-May-2007 11:27 pm
[Actor] Henry Cavill
Hi! I'm a high school senior from North Carolina in the US hoping to study Law at KCL come September. I've firmly accepted a conditional offer, so I'm hoping I'll meet the conditions.

Other than the information KCL has sent me regarding the size and facilities available at each residence, I don't know much about them. The important details are left out! It's nice to know that I'll have wifi and a single room, but can anyone tell me what the environment is like at the residences? I've read posts further down about King's College Hall and Hampstead. If anyone has information about the pros and cons of any of the others, I'd appreciate it! As an overseas student, I'm completely clueless so any information would be great. I don't think I want to randomly pick where I'm living for the next year based on a picture in a brochure.
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11th-May-2007 04:19 am (UTC)
I'm an American university student who studied abroad at KCL and lived in Brian Creamer House. I loved living there-- location wasn't too far from campus (nice walk up to the Waterloo Bridge and across the Thames) and there's a cute park behind it. The rooms were nice sized and we had a kitchen we shared, which was great because we all cooked and also because we socialized in the kitchen and I made better friends with British students than my American friends living in the apartments at Great Dover Street or Stamford Street (though Stamford Street has the best location/closest to the Strand Campus where your courses will be).
12th-May-2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
I liked the look of the SSA and GDS but I was worried that the isolation would hinder my interactions with other people because I'm generally pretty reserved. Thanks for insight into that issue! I wasn't really considering BCH because it seems so small, but from reading what people have said about it, it's definitely one of my top choices now.
11th-May-2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Well, Hampstead is in Zone 2 so it'll take longer and be more expensive to get to class, and I've heart that King's College Hall is difficult to get to and in not such a great neighborhood. I think Stamford Street or Great Dover Street apartments are ideal -- I wanted Stamford Street because of its location but got stuck with Wolfson House (not terrible, but not so great either). If you end up someplace you don't like, one of my friends applied for intercollegiate housing and got an awesome residence hall.
12th-May-2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
It seems like everyone's after a spot at the apartments! What was Wolfson like? Which hall did your friend get into?
12th-May-2007 03:32 pm (UTC)
Wolfson was kinda blah. It was very close to the Tube though so that was good. However, it was like first-year-of-college style long hall of rooms with two communal bathrooms and one huge kitchen that was in a disgusting state by the time I got there (I was only there for spring/summer term). And when I went (two years ago), there was no internet, but it was right on Guy's campus so I had access to the 24 hour computer lab.

My friend had gotten an offer at King's College Hall and she immediately said no and entered the intercollegiate system. I don't know the names of most of those halls but it was either called Millenium or International House? It was in Russell Square in Bloomsbury, gorgeous location. If I were to do it again, I would have applied for that spot right away...especially since my boyfriend was also studying abroad and his res hall was in Bloombury. =)
11th-May-2007 07:05 am (UTC)
I'm at Great Dover Street now and I can tell you without shadow of a doubt that having my own bathroom far makes up for the relative isolation you get living in the flat system that exists in GDS and Stamford Street Apartments. Of course, that varies from person to person--the other halls are more like the dorms you get in America (or so I've been told!) in the sense that they consist of all the rooms in one hall sharing the same showering facilities and kitchen, whereas in GDS and SSA it's around 6 flats to one kitchen, with two of these sets per floor. So it's definitely harder to socialize in GDS and SSA compared to the other residences. It's not impossible, obviously, it just depends on what you prefer!

Like someone said above, Hampstead is far, far away, but for the price it goes for, the place is a steal. From what I've seen, the rooms are ENORMOUS, the heating makes me jealous, and the location itself is just wonderful. King's College Hall is in an iffy location, but the flipside is that the residents are closer (and bigger party animals, or so I've heard) for it. As for Brian Creamer, a friend of mine lives there and loves it! I've heard only good things about it. And I've heard nothing bad from anyone living in the intercollegiates.

Well, I hope that sheds some light on the situation! If you have anymore questions, let me know! If there's any funny phrasing, I chalk it up to my lack of coffee at this awful hour. Also, law? Badass! Y'all are almost as cool as us medical-types. ;) And thumbs up for Liverpool (my flatmate = biggest fan) and the IB. :D
12th-May-2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Everyone I've spoken to has listed the apartments as their top choices. Thanks for the insight regarding socializing! I'm not one to randomly start up a chat with other people and make friends easily so that's my biggest concern regarding housing. I've got this nagging worry that I'll be over there and be a complete loser with no friends... but this is my melodramatic sense getting to me.

When I was a kid, up until the second year of high school, I wanted to do medical but then realized that I'd never be able to do it because I a) hated biology, b) hated chemistry, and c) was bad at both of them.

Appreciation of Liverpool and IB? You just went up a million points. xD
12th-May-2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
The biggest selling point with the apartments is that they're ensuite. I'll be upfront though: unless you're lucky enough to get one of the older rooms in GDS (which are enormous, from what I've seen), the majority of the rooms are tiny and the ensuite facilities are... well, tinier! Basically, a small room with a toilet... in the shower. Yes, it sounds weird and gross, and if you're on the fence about going for GDS/SSA with ensuite not being high up on your list of priorities, then definitely go for one of the other halls. Personally, I loved GDS because it's so close to my campus and because, well, I really don't want to share my toilet with other people. =P Regarding socialising--I couldn't work a crowd to save my life, but most of my closest friends live here, so while the social aspect of the apartments are different from the typical halls', it's totally possible to meet people and hang out. I find that the best time for catching up with people is during the ocassional four am fire alarm, haha.

I generally only enjoy the bits of the two that are relevant, but then anatomy and clinicals roll in and make it all better. I'm just thankful my days of IB bio plant science and ecology are over! Oh man, they were painful. D:

I usually only worry about football during the Euro and World Cup, but the flatmate's 101% appreciation for them, which is bordering on amusingly fangirly, has started to rub off on me. I know enough to boo Chelsea, at least!
11th-May-2007 09:34 am (UTC)
Stamford Street is amazing because of LOCATION, that is its one most obvious advantage.

I would recommend Brian Creamer House, it's pretty near to all the good stuff and has a great halls atmosphere and is underrated for some reason.

Go on www.thestudentroom.co.uk - there are threads for each university in there and there is much accommodation talk in the KCL thread.
11th-May-2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
Haha, I love your icon. =)
12th-May-2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the website! It's been so helpful in getting information about housing.
11th-May-2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the intercollegiate halls. They are in the best locations BY FAR. Most of them are Bloomsbury, which is a highly desirable location right in the heart of London. You will be in walking distance of everywhere you might want to go. The best intercollegiates are Canterbury (you only have to share a bathroom with one other), Connaught, and International.

If you really want to cook your own food, then go to Stamford Street. Otherwise, you'd be a fool not to go to an intercollegiate hall.
12th-May-2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
I actually didn't consider the intercollegiate halls because the KCL housing brochure had all of one paragraph on them. After poking around the Student Room forums, though, they definitely sound very attractive! Thanks for giving me that idea.
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