By Sarah Rousseau
So you think that your halls aren't great or you've experienced the worst buildings and prices? Think again, here are some of the worst student halls out there.
1. University College London – New Hall
Last year UCL shelled out a whopping £18 million on a new halls of residence, you would have thought that the outcome would have produced a better description than “the worst building in Britain" – it won the Carbuncle Cup in 2013. The up to £730 a month halls have been likened to the Pentonville Prison which, ironically, is on the same road as the bizarre halls. Why is it so bad? The halls themselves are cramped, have low ceilings and the only windows face a brick wall and to top it all off the rooms have very little privacy. All of this didn’t seem to matter as students were expected to spend excessive hours at university and the lack of space, daylight or privacy wouldn’t really be an offence to them… I think we can all disagree on that one!
2. Aberystwyth – Brynderw
Where do I begin? Let us start on a positive note, it is cheap. At £78.05 a week you’re not going to break the bank however all the appliances in your flat may. To give you a taster of what to expect I will start by mentioning that the most common description of the halls is “grotty". You can be looking at dodgy appliances, flaking walls, heating that doesn’t work, no laundry room or Wi-Fi and infestations of silverfish in the kitchen, the bathroom and most certainly in the toilet. If you want to save some money, keep in mind that the best these halls can offer you are crawling roommates and frustrated evenings when the heating, the toaster and the internet just won’t work.
3. Goce Declev Dorms - Skopje, Macedonia
If you were planning on studying abroad, I’d recommend avoiding the Macedonian capital Skopje because chances are you’ll be staying with 1200 unlucky Macedonian students in subhuman conditions at the Goce Declev Dorms. Within these menacing tower blocks straight out of the Cold War, are some of the most awful rooms you’ll ever see. If you go down to reception you’ll see two signs. On the right "There is no warm water. The problem is being fixed" and on the left "Go take a shower at your boyfriends' places!". Once you've had your cold shower, you better get queuing as they only have supplies in the cafeteria for a quarter of the students – you wouldn't want to miss out on a bowl of half-baked unpeeled potatoes. Other horrors include stray dogs wandering through reception and damp in every single room.
Your halls of residences aren't looking so bad after all, are they?