Manchester, Oak House Review

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viking06's review of Manchester, Oak House

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“The courts in Oak House at Manchester University are...”

Written on: 08/08/2006 by viking06 (52 reviews written)

Good Points
I am currently going in to my second year at The University Of Manchester. For my first year I chose to stay in halls and I was placed in Oak house.
Oak House is separated into individual courts, for example Maple Court, Holly Court and Beech Court, and together these courts make up Oak House. I lived in Maple court, and I absolutely loved it!

Bad Points
If I can find any bad points, I'd have to say the doors to the rooms, because they are fire doors, and it can sometimes feel like you live in a prison as they are extremely heavy! I also had a problem with shutting mine - you had to lift it and then pull it and slam it. However, they do have a great service where you can go to the computer cluster and register the fault with your room or the flat, and the right handy man will be around in a matter of days (Sometimes a little scary as they sometimes don't say why they are there. I think they must believe that students are a different breed of human and cannot communicate with them, but, oh well)! The only other bad point I could pick out would be TEAM CLEAN! The very scary military like cleaners who come round and clean the communal areas of the flat about every 2 - 3 weeks. They are very scary, but it's OK; they normally come at unearthly hours in the morning, and if you do happen to come across one just hide in your room (locked) and wait for them to go!

General Comments
The courts in Oak House at Manchester University are set out like mini flats. You walk into the main door (from outside) and this leads you to a corridor with a door on your right and one on your left, and then a flight of stairs. Each entrance door in Oak house has 4 different flats, each housing eight students, so in your block you will be with 32 people. However, you will "live" with eight. Each of these doors have numbers, so you have to find the right door number, and this is your flat. You open the door (with its lock that goes the opposite way to other locks, you do get used to this though), and there's a corridor in front of you with 6 doors, and to your left there's a flight of stairs. Four of the doors on the bottom floor are bedrooms, one of the doors leads to a shared bathroom area, with a shower, two sinks and a toilet, and the fifth door leads to your shared kitchen. The flight of stairs leads up to another corridor with 5 doors again; four of them being bedrooms, and the other being the bathroom area. The top floor is normally designated to girls, and they also have a bath as well as a shower.



Your kitchen consists of a large fridge and an even bigger freezer. It is so big that a 6ft Swedish guy can get in it and you can close the lid; not that we ever did that?! You are also supplied with a double sink and a rinse area, plenty of cupboards for everyone to store their things individually or together, and an oven with 4 hobs, a grill and an oven, and also another 4 hobs on the opposing work surface. Also supplied with a kettle and a microwave. You then have a small communal area with two small tables, which are your dinner tables, and 8 cushioned chairs and another cabinet. So there is plenty of storage available.



In your bedrooms you are supplied with a bed (that's a good start), a good sized wardrobe, a desk covering most of one of the walls, a chest of drawers and two large shelves. There's plenty of room for storing things, but I'd advise you buy some big flat boxes for underwear etc., so you can store more underneath the bed, and also for the top of the wardrobe. You are also supplied with two coat hooks on the back of your door and two on a free wall!



I would recommend Oak House to anyone who is planning on studying at The University of Manchester. It is a great place to live, right in the middle of student life. Oak House is surrounded by other halls of residence, such as Richmond Park and Owens parks; right in the heart of Fallowfield. So for first years it's a great place to live, as you can easily meet new people. Oak House also has its own Bar (Squirrels, with which, if you live here you will become very acquainted with). It also has its own launderette (very handy, and FYI it's £1.80 for a full wash, and £0.50 for the dryer), and there is also a pool room and squash courts.



Overall, my time at Oak House was brilliant, and I wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else. It gives you the opportunity to meet at least 7 different people that you may not be friends with otherwise, and one of two people you wonder how you lived without! As student accommodation its minimal, but it's all you need. You will be in the centre of student life, and after someone in your block throws the first flat party, you're guaranteed to feel right at home!

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