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Anonymous

28th December 2017
Great place to live, very modern. Location is on the wrong side of campus and there isn't a communal feel to the Halls.
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2nd January 2018
Birks Grange Townhouse: Accommodation was, in general, excellent. Only downside is the very steep hill up to campus but you eventually get used to it and it's probably great exercise too. Additionally, it's only a single bed rather than a double. However, there's TONS of storage space and overall the townhouse is excellent value for money because you're not paying extra for an ensuite room but you only have to share your bathroom with one other person. The social area was huge, because there are 12 of you, so it never ends up feeling cramped. Also, the townhouses tended to be incredibly sociable; knew almost everybody in the block.
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Eleanor Clement

29th December 2017
While Birks Grange Village is a little far from central campus, there is a well-stocked shop and a great student atmosphere and I really wnjoyed living there. It’s also right by subway
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George Gordon

28th December 2017
In first year I was in Birks Grange catered halls, and for the price I was paying it was good value: an en suite bathroom, mini fridge and impressive range of food at meal times. The only caveat was the walk to the forum, which entailed scaling ‘Cardiac Hill’, possibly the steepest topographical feature in the South West.
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Anonymous

28th December 2017
Really friendly halls, becomes a bit of an exclusive community because you are further away from the campus down that dreaded hill! All my friends are from Birks and everyone gets on well. Same rooms as Penny C and Holland but for cheaper! Great halls cannot recommend enough as long as you accept that it takes a little more time and effort to get to campus or other accommodations (not even that much longer only about 5/10 minutes) Social areas a bit lacking, everyone hangs out outside or in the lobby areas which isn't ideal but in a way that makes it more sociable.
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2nd January 2018
Great accommodation with brilliant common areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. There’s also a small shop for all the essentials.
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2nd January 2018
I stayed in Burks Grange catered block B for my first year at Exeter and had a great time. The room itself was a little dated but in good condition and was clean and had a new mattress. Having an en-suite was really nice too. The food was better than I expected for uni halls, there was something I liked every night and a few times a week there would be something really good that we all looked forward to. The deserts were the highlight of the experience though, always top notch. Both breakfast and dinner had a great social and friendly atmosphere. I got on really well with my entire floor and we are all still friends and see eachother regularly in 3rd year. I know most flats in Burks were friendly and there was a great social atmosphere accross the board. Another great bonus was the table tennis table in the piazza , which me and my friends loved playing after dinner in the summer. If I had one gripe with being catered in Burks Grange it would be the lack of a decent size kitchen and communal area near our rooms. There was just a small utility room with sink and microwave in our corridor and the main communal room for the entire complex in the main reception which we never used. Burks is one of the further accomodations from the centre of campus at 10-15 minutes walk, depending how fast you take the hill which for some was a show-stopper but I found it great for staying in shape Overall I had a great time at Burks Grange and woildn't want to be anywhere else if I did it all again!
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28th December 2017
Townhouse - K3. Fantastic kitchen and living area big enough for 12. We had two sofas, a table with 6 chairs and 4 bar stools. This accommodation is perfect for socialising as you have 11 house mates but also allows you to study quietly even if there are parties going on downstairs thanks to the bedrooms being on higher floors. The rooms are big and the massive desk is perfect for studying. I had no problem sharing a bathroom with one other person - because its communal it gets cleaned every 2 weeks and you save money compared to en suite. Couldn't recommend enough.
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7th January 2018
I lucked out with one of the disabled rooms, so I had a great very large room with a comfy bed and a fabulous ensuite. The cleaners did a great job and the food was also good. My only criticism is the lack of a common room for the catered halls...it became pretty lonely not having anywhere to hang out with friends and we often resorted to pre drinks sitting in the corridor which was not ideal.
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16th November 2017
The place itself was great, but the location was pretty bad. It isn't that far from campus, probably about 15 minutes walk, but you need to go through a pretty steep hill to get to campus. It's also really far from city centre, about 20 to 25 minutes walk. But other than that, the receptionist and everything else was great.
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16th November 2017
Lovely friendly atmosphere in self catered here! Cardiac Hill is the only downside but ya know could be a lot worse and your booty will thank you by the end of first year!
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2nd January 2018
If you choose the catering option, a great continential breakfast is served every morning. Dinner is fairly good and staff are friendly some being students. Good service overall.
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28th December 2017
The rooms were quite big, with lots of space on the drawing boards and reasonably comfy beds, though they were single beds. The en suite was very useful and the kitchens were big and spacious with enough storage space. The Birks community is really nice, and known for being quite social/sporty, which makes sense considering Cardiac Hill (the huge hill which Birks sits at the bottom of!) Birks is a great place to live, the only downsides being the hill and it being a bit of a walk into town, particularly to get to unit one.
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2nd January 2018
We have to climb a bit of a hill to get up to campus (it’s called ‘cardiac’ for a reason)- but at least it wakes you up. It has quite a nice community feel- you have your own space and the rooms are well equipped. I’m lucky enough to have a great view. Catered food is actually really good- lots of variety and a lot of it. Would perhaps like a better communal space for us in catered accommodation though (we have to make do with a corridor). The number of times the fire alarm goes off is also getting a bit ridiculous. My WiFi is also a bit temperamental- means my printer also has issues. But on the plus side, campus security was really good when I lost my keys.
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30th December 2017
Excellent halls, and the hill will certainly keep you in shape! Little bit further from town, but it's a pretty nice walk in- and you can always cycle. Very near to Reed Hall gardens, St David's station, and a riverside path to the Quay. Was in self-catered, which are very modern looking buildings with flats of about 8. 2 ovens / hobs / fridge-freezers / sinks as standard, plus kitchen table and sofas- but not necessarily the best social space. Only thing which put a downer on the experience was the people- be prepared for the possibility of difficult / lazy flatmates and a noisy first term.
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11th March 2018
Fantastic Halls, with great rooms. Beds a little small in the single bed rooms, but a great ensuite and the best desk you could dream of.
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8th March 2018
Very close to shop and laundry, very nice accomodation. Only problem is that laundry only takes coins.
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26th February 2018
Location: very good. 10 minutes walk to campus, although it is an uphill walk. Facilities: Kitchen is large, although I find there is not enough cupboard space for food and lots and pans. The cleaners refuse to clean our kitchen unless we clean before them, which is ridiculous. There is usually 2 events in halls every term. Could be more, but it is a nice sentiment. Social experience: within my flat has been good, I don’t really know anyone else in my block though. My room is spacious. I can just about practise handstands and stretch in it. My ensuite is a wet room, everyone I’ve spoken to does not like this, but despite that, it is a nice bathroom. Internet provided by studentcom is very slow and I often have to disconnect and connect again. Service in my room is non existent, I cannot receive calls in my room, and when I make them, I can barely discern what is being said on the other end of the line.
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11th March 2018
Lived in Birks self catered. I personally loved it, bedroom, ensuite and kitchen really nice! 8 is a good number of people per flat. Relatively social halls. Main downside is location as going up cardiac hill every day is a struggle
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22nd February 2018
Birks Grange(catered) was a really social hall and I loved every minute that I was there for! The meal options varied from week to week so I always looked forward to dinner. Although it was an expensive hall, I feel like I got a lot for my money as I was ensuite and catered. The biggest negative is walking up cardiac hill each morning to get to campus but you do get used to it after a week or two.
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