Let's be totally blunt. South Stoneham House is *not* a pretty sight. A fifteen story concrete tower block is the extension to an old brick house, making it a landmark in the Swaythling area of the city. There are places for 180 students, catered (breakfast and dinner) in reasonably sized rooms with washbasins. Although the butt of numerous jokes throughout the uni, Stoneham has one of the strongest community spirits of any hall. And though the rooms aren't huge and contain old furniture, and though the lifts break down from time to time, SSH has some superb facilities: a music room with grand piano; small library; TV room; a bar/common room which, though empty, provides plenty of cheap alcohol, two pool tables, a football table, free jukebox and access to the huge, attractive garden. The summer gives use of two grass tennis courts. Stoneham residents also have access to the other facilities in Wessex Lane: two other bars, two computer rooms, laundrette and squash courts. Give SSH a try!
Since the first year of university is such a great time for most people I think that it is highly unlikely that you willl find anyone who doesn't have anything good to say about their hall. I was in Highfield hall for my first year and I had a fantastic time. Highfield is expensive, but the rooms are really nice and very luxurios for student accomadation - all have their own basin or bathroom. Ok so there are only about 150 people in hall, but this does mean that you get to know everyone in the first week and you will never be faced with walking into the dining room and not knowing anyone!!! The bar is tiny - about the size of a rather small shoe box, (reputedly the smallest University bar in England, but that may be just another hall myth!!), but it is painted a rather fetching shade of blue, and as everyone knows each other it is more like a cosy sitting room (with copious amounts of cheap alcohol!!!), than a bar. This is an advantage when you want to pop down and get some alcohol wearing your PJs and slippers!!! Highfield doesn't offer the sports facilities of larger halls, but it is only 2 mins walk from the Avenue campus (it is literally just across the road!!) and about 10 mins walk from the main campus. The hall formals may not offer extravagant entertainment, but they are always a good laugh!!! The only real disadvantage of Highfield is the wardens - yes, there are increadibly strict rules about noise and most people suffer several formal warnings and £5 fines during their year. However, all in all I would recommend Highfield to anyone who wishes to be in a small friendly hall - I made loads of great friends in hall, AND I managed to get out of bed at 9.45 and still make it to my 9.55 lectures!!! Oh and remember to look out for the infamous midnight "quad runs" - lots of drunken people running round the courtyard with no clothes on - an essential part of student life!!!
I have studied in University of Southampton for four years. This is my start of fifth year here. I just started my PhD studies after the degree. I am satisfied with the courses and facilities provided by my department, ECS (Electronic and Computer Science) and my group, DSSE (Declarative System and Software Engineering). However I am very disappointed with the accommodation here, not because of the facility but because of the service. They are not considerate. Let me give you an example. I have many friends who are doing Master course here in this university. Their course end at end of September, to finish their dissertations. However the accommodation team cannot let them stay until end of September. The maximum length for them to stay is until mid of September and then they must leave the accommodation. Sounds very ridiculous! They expect the Master students (especially those who are foreigners) to find a temporary place to stay for maybe two weeks. They just want to avoid problems. From their explanations, the students are coming back and they need some time to clean the rooms. This is one of the cases. I do hope that they can be more considerate. Try to think on students' situations instead of theirs.
If I were to choose the student accomodation between MonteFiore and Glen Eyre, I would prefer Glen Eyre. Why? Glen Eyre is surround by greens, but Monte is surrounded by forest, not green forest, but concrete forest! Generally, at the same cost, you will get a better quality and more spacious room in Glen. Furthermore, Glen is close to the university and also the Common (a big park), the community sport centre and a public golf course. The Glen reception is more helpful and friendly too.
I would rate this accommodation the best in terms of the rent, the distance from the universitry and the state of the room. Rent It is only around 43 pounds per week. One of the cheapest you get to pay in a student accommodation. Distance Only 10 minutes of walk to the university on a straight road. Room Spacious, depending on which block you are allocated to. The furniture is brand new and clean. There is a cleaning service for communal area. That's why I think it is one of the best, affordable and near.