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phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

3 Aug 2011 17:18
Yeah, someone else mentioned this. I'll try and find the phone number. What exactly should I say to them then? Can't just say, I want to move in here at the start of the term can I.
Skinny
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883 posts since 17/9/09

3 Aug 2011 17:20
Explain your situation and ask to be put on a list for when rooms come up. Then call them every other day till they find you a room to get you off their back
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

3 Aug 2011 17:30
Ok thanks. I just hope they're not gonna be cuntishly dismissive and say 'You have to go through the standardised accommodation application procedure to secure residency'.
Crackajack
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8135 posts since 21/4/05

3 Aug 2011 18:41
Private halls have the attractive posh girls though Eye-wink

People move out/swap halls in 1st term quite a lot I am sure there must be some kind of shortlist? Cambridge Halls are pretty crap (12 to a corridor I think) but have the best reputation for banter / nicking gyal. If your other options are near Fallowfield then that will be similar because most of the banter crowd Manchester Uni are there in 1st year.

And yeah I agree, go to the cheesy student nights… its the whole point of Uni!
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

3 Aug 2011 18:48
Haha, that's true, but I simply can't afford it. Don't worry man, I've got enough game to attract the poshies anyway Eye-wink

But yeah, this is my point, I want somewhere cheap and I've heard from so many sources that Cambridge would be generally the best for someone like me. Let's just hope that I can charm whoever's on the other end of the phone tomorrow to sort something out.
PloughLaneCasual
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125 posts since 24/1/10

3 Aug 2011 19:36
Accomodation people don't like you telling them that it's not your first choice, not what you wanted, heard bad things etc, since you will have a sick time and make friends wherever you go but money issues is definitely a reason that they would look to move you. I'm sure they would have a look at seeing if they can move you if you had a word about your financial position with them.
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

3 Aug 2011 20:20
Yeah, I kinda gathered that and when I was speaking on the phone, I mentioned that the money is the biggest issue here is that, she seemed like she was holding back, actually put me on hold for a while but come back to tell me every where is booked literally. This is what I meant about the magic words to say, hopefully if I stress that money is a major problem then perhaps they'll help me out a little more.
PloughLaneCasual
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125 posts since 24/1/10

3 Aug 2011 21:40
Yeah that's the only real reason that they see as valid for changing halls. You're going about it the right way. Ring em tomorrow and mention that you flat out can't afford it, I dunno if it is or not but if its further away then mention that you didn't factor in buss pass/taxis and any other hidden costs. No matter how frustrating the process is you gotta be polite and nice to the person on the phone cos they have all the power. Worst comes to worst there are always a few chances to move once the year has started
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

6 Aug 2011 01:19
Can anyone get Whatmore S, Hinchliffe S, 2003, “Living cities: making space for urban nature”. Soundings 22 137–150 ?

Edinburgh only has Soundings from 2004 on.
swede
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10372 posts since 21/3/09

6 Aug 2011 08:53
Crackajack wrote: Private halls have the attractive posh girls though Eye-wink

People move out/swap halls in 1st term quite a lot I am sure there must be some kind of shortlist? Cambridge Halls are pretty crap (12 to a corridor I think) but have the best reputation for banter / nicking gyal. If your other options are near Fallowfield then that will be similar because most of the banter crowd Manchester Uni are there in 1st year.

And yeah I agree, go to the cheesy student nights… its the whole point of Uni!

im lying if i say i dont enjoy getting absolutely cunted in bristols stickiest clubs on student nights
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

6 Aug 2011 18:32
Spoke to the guy the other day, forgot to update. Was a real nice guy, I tried my hardest to force a solution but without being a jobsworth he explained they won't give out further offers to those who have already received them, even if a place comes up in the place I initially wanted, they have to offer it to someone who's yet to receive any offer. Still makes little sense to me as if a slot opens up, given that somebody who applied first has made their interests clear, then it should revert back to them. But yeah. Asked him to keep me in mind and if there is any way possible that something else can be done, to let me know. Also spoke to him about the fact that certain student's will perhaps not turn up/not get the grades/go to a different uni/change halls once there. He actually asked if I had any friends or family in Manchester. I do, therefore he suggested that I should not commit to anywhere, not the private sector or anything and come up and stay on a friends floor for a while and go and see them directly on arrival to see if there is anything available. Also, told me an anecdote of a guy who lasted 2 hours and then fucked off out of halls… So this is exactly what I'm gonna do, it's basically my only option if I wish to live where I want. Still fairly risky, but fuck it. Surely he wouldn't have suggested it if there isn't often empty spaces initially after all the confusion and new students.
figurine
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6119 posts since 14/5/07

8 Aug 2011 15:47
Any good sites for selling old textbooks, I've a few architecture and sociology textbooks I've never even opened that I'd like to get rid of.
NigelBenn
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4664 posts since 6/2/08

8 Aug 2011 17:55
@Phikz

I'd def recommend calling the accommodation office everyday until they give you something. maybe wait until results are released as people will always have to drop out of halls. Even if you have to feed them some bullshit about 'troubles back at home, mum has lost her job etc.' They are usually quite helpful. Just keep on hounding them as rooms come up on a daily basis. This has happened to me both years at uni. I'm not sure how it works in Manchester but if you can get any room in a UNITE owned hall then it is quite easy to move halls a day or two after moving in.

In my experience, the cheaper and nastier the halls, the better time you will have. Good at night e.g. after parties/slutty girls and the people are usually quite cool, compared to the stuck up cunts in the more expensive halls anyway.
Malik
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820 posts since 27/5/10

8 Aug 2011 18:22
I got cambridge phickz was my first choice aswell, i did get up early and applied on the day in which the online accomodation process opened to give myself the best chance Laughing out loud and i know you applied a little late through no fault of your own. The one thing that i don't understand with the process is i know people who had cambridge as their third choice option yet they still managed to end up getting an offer from cambridge ( which is supposed to be the most popular) while others such as yourself had it as your first but didnt manage to get it. In my opinion only the people who had it as first choice should be even considered and then distance should come in to play to determine the selection from there.
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

8 Aug 2011 18:58
Yeah, I was going to leave it until the 18th and then bombard them. I was thinking about it myself, I feel useless and helpless sitting here, so I may have to be relentless to get what I want. Cambridge halls aren't the very cheapest though which is why I've got to be careful about how I go about this because if they offer me some proper grimy rooms then I'll have to decline again. Which I reckon would truly fuck me up…

Nice one ANG. That's 2 friends and a guy I know from the internet who've all got their first choice at Cambridge. This is my main gripe too. It seems to follow a provisional system which is flawed and sometimes unfair in practice. I can appreciate that they'd want to just hand out the offers, then deal with all the carnage of people changing rooms and shit when everyone actually gets there.

Well, I've spoke to them on the phone numerous times now. Would anyone reccommend an extensive e-mail highlighting, in detail everything I've already said over the phone. Would be a lot more coherent than a phone call. I'm thinking to tell them that I'm 100% going to turn up a day early regardless, straight to the admissions office if nothing can be done now. Then I'd ask for them to even, as an exception, place me on a one man waiting list for as soon as a room becomes available as they'll have to deal with me sooner or later. Perhaps via E-mail they'll have proper time to consider it without coming at me with the text-book responses I've heard every time I've spoke to them…
swede
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10372 posts since 21/3/09

8 Aug 2011 21:43
just bombard them on results day. no one is going to drop out right now

good luck though bro im sure you'll be alright..

my mate at sussex uni had to stay in a youth hostel for 4 weeks until she had a place in halls.. fuck THAT
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

19 Aug 2011 16:53
Well, persistence certainly pays off. I phoned up yesterday and there was some real dismissive monotonous bish on the other end who basically fucked me off with text book answers… But I didn't let it dampen my spirits and I phoned up Cambridge halls directly and spoke to some guy who was real considerate, told him briefly what I was phoning for, asked if they deal with any kind of residency applications. Said he didn't, that he just looks after the halls basically but told me to phone back in 10 minutes and he'll get in contact with his superiors to see what can be done. I phone back and he puts me through to a lovely Irish woman and gave me the number just in case, which I noticed is identical to the one I've usually been ringing apart from the last number. So I'm assuming this number bypasses the foot-soldiers and goes directly to someone higher up.. Anyway, had a long conversation with the woman, explained everything again. My conversational skills were so on point.. At the end of the convo she said she'd take my name and number and get in contact with me. Didn't get my hopes up though.. But sure enough, about 2 hours ago today I received a phone call and I've been offered a place at Cambridge halls due to a cancellation. I was actually ecstatic, just gotta pay the £100 deposit by the 24th and it's all sorted.

It's sunny as fuck, I had a good night and day yesterday after getting the results I needed for uni. Today is a good day, I'm happy right now.
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

19 Aug 2011 16:56
fly shit mane.
FODAY
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153 posts since 8/4/09

19 Aug 2011 16:56
Congrats Smiling
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

19 Aug 2011 16:57
Fair play to you mate, good luck with it all.