The Vale Village

Review Breakdown

Location
Social Experience
Social Areas
Your Room
Value for Money
Internet / WiFi

Reviews

6 November 2018

I stayed in Tennis Courts. It was self catered but had all the kitchen space and appliances I possibly could have needed (and I love cooking so need a lot!). The rooms are on the small side but for what you pay its a good deal. There are 2 toilets so bathroom sharing was no issue throughout the year. Definitely the best thing about Tennis Courts is the social side!! I met the vast majority of my 2nd year friends through my accommodation and wouldn't have changed my experience for anything. GO TC!

6 November 2018

Tennis courts is for the party people, it is the most social and fun !! Defiantly reccomend for those who are looking for the best value for money. Great place to meet new people

6 November 2018

I stayed in chamberlain on the vale and it was the best accommodation there. Double bed and en suite and everything was so clean. The vale is definitely a very social place to live with many different halls around a lake, which is also great in summer to be outside.

6 November 2018

I enjoyed the location because based around a beautiful lake with lots of green space, although it was a 15-20 minute walk to lectures which I didn't mind but some people might. The accommodation has now been refurbished where I stayed i.e. Tennis courts but 4 years ago some of the blocks had not been refurbished and we still paid the same price as the newer ones, which I thought was unfair. Accomodation here is quite pricey, but you do feel safe.

6 November 2018

The Vale is a 15min walk from the University campus, but the walk is really nice as there's a direct path that runs adjacent to the road. The security and maintenance are ok. The best part of living on the Vale is all of the events such as the Vale Fireworks and chocolate tasting. However, it would be nice if all the accommodation blocks had some sort of social area rather than the hub.

6 November 2018

Chamberlain is probably one of the best most comfortable student accommodations in the city. With spacious rooms and en suite. Only drawback is it's quite far away from main canpus

6 November 2018

Fantastic location and not too far from campus. Set in a beautiful parkland with a relatively cheap bar on site. Right next to the canal so can walk into central Birmingham easily. My accommodation was great but the kitchen was a little small making it difficult to have big groups of people round. Otherwise loved it.

6 November 2018

Loved the vale, so green and had a really safe/comfortable feel. Lots of fun events, such as welcome back fairs, vale fire work, vale fest etc.. Was in Chamberlain hall which was really nice and modern but not the most social and wasn't the biggest fan of meal plan. Wish it could have been used in the costcutter.

6 November 2018

I stayed in Mason during my first year of uni on the vale. The accommodation itself was nice, having an en-suite in my room was a luxury and the flat size of 6 was sociable and meant someone was always in. We were also split evenly with genders within our flat which was also a bonus. The vale itself was a great place to live - it felt safe and comfortable yet also had a great buzz. The duck was a great way to meet people.

6 November 2018

The location depends primarily on how much you like walking. For me the distance does not matter, or is an easy walk to both Five Ways and the campus. Whilst I do like my room, I find my halls fairly unsociable. One does not casually bump into people from across the hall. I rarely see other people. Value for money is not good, the meal plan is easy but does not last the whole week and the foods is only average.

6 November 2018

I lived in Mason Hall in The Vale Village, and for me the best thing about the accommodation was the attractive setting. It's about a 20 minute walk to the university (depending where on campus) so it's fairly close to UoB. The main drawback was the lack of amenities - the only shop available in the accommodation is Costcutter located in Shackleton. My room was decently sized and had a great view of the lake - would definitely recommend ensuite accommodation! Mason is one of the more expensive options on the vale, although there are cheaper options like Tennis Courts, Maple Bank etc. Really enjoyed the social side of living on the Vale as everyone lives so close to one another, and Vale fireworks and Valefest are right on your doorstep.

6 November 2018

Tennis Courts was relatively cheap, had good facilities and quick response from the maintenance team. The bedrooms are very small so not much room between the single bed, desk and wardrobe. Kitchens are modern and enough space for a few people to use at a time. In blocks of 6 flats with 5 in each flat, great for making friends.

6 November 2018

Although the location is a 15 min walk from the main campus, the walk is really nice due to all of the surroundings and also it's quite easy just to walk into town from the accommodation site. Also there are such beautiful views of the lake and all of the woodland areas around that it honestly makes it a lovely place to stay.

6 November 2018

Tennis courts was by far the best atmosphere from any of the halls at UOB, great people and everyone was really social. Kitchens were a good size to have parties/ pres. Close to campus and easy to get to town by the bus/ train links.

6 November 2018

The location in relation to campus is reasonable, however after a long day of lectures, the 20 minute walk can be tedious. However the social aspect of having a village of students that are mainly first years allow for a very good experience- there are always people to go out on broad street with! The room is really well done, the only issues are that the shower blocks and the lack of ventilation in the room. However I would recommend the vale as a student village

6 November 2018

Location is decent, a little further from the main campus than I'd like (15-20 min walk) but it's definitely worth the greenery and the lake. It's very pretty and safe to walk around at night. I really like my room, is very modern and light and there's plenty of storage space. The kitchen is not that nice (could do with a proper sofa/ living area) but it's functional and since we have a meal plan catered thing, doesn't matter too much. The catering is good, can eat anywhere on campus and get £56 loaded on the card each week and therefore there's lots of variety and the food is pretty good. Only issue is there aren't a lot of healthy options.

6 November 2018

Good location, easily within walking distance of uni, walking to Selly Oak slightly more arduous if you want to visit the real student hub of the uni. Good facilities, the Duck and Scholar is a great student pub, and the laundry room was excellent. Really good ensuite room with plenty of space, and a great communal area; perfect for socialising. In first year the vale village is a great place to be!

6 November 2018

I stayed in chamberlain on the vale, the halls were lovely very new and modern with a 3/4 bed and an en-suite although it wasn't the most social of halls. The location was perfect a 10/15 minute walk away from campus and a 5 minute drive into town.

6 November 2018

On the vale there are great facilities..places to eat...fresh air and open space for the summer..Great people..definitely a place to enjoy first year

6 July 2018

Good location on the vale as in between walking to the city centre and walking to university. Ensuite and 3/4 bed are nice. Walls are thin which can lead to some issues with noise. Kitchen layout means it can be quite unsocial. Loud at night especially on particular nights.

2 July 2018

I lived in tennis courts, the place is fine and all if you get to live with similar people. However it’s very clubby which is great for some but not when you want to get some sleep once in a while. Annoying grass cutting early morning often waking everyone up and weekly fire alarm checks.

30 June 2018

I lived in Tennis Courts on the Vale Village in my first year and it was amazing! The social life was great, the flats were perfect, with a reasonable communal area in each flat and decent sized rooms! Couldn't have asked for better first year accommodation!

29 June 2018

Location is great and set up of Tennis courts makes it very social. Mason has a less social layout and is more expensive. Student accommodation services are also great at sorting out any flatmate problems!

27 June 2018

Maple bank was small but cosy, really sociable and the best value accommodation there is. Few maintenance issues but they get sorted quite quickly and location is perfect. WiFi always worked and you’re close to both uni and the city centre . Would definitely recommend if looking for something cheap and basic but isn’t bad quality.

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