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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/plans-convert-notorious-former-care-11242127

Residents also asked for assurances that the development would not be used as a centre for people with drug or mental health issues or as a hostel for the homeless.

Wendy Cocks of Clement Royds Street said: “My initial qualms have escalated to serious concerns regarding a property with over 50 bedrooms and just two rooms designated as kitchens on the ground floor.

“Without an inspection I can only guess that this is a commercial kitchen so would wonder how the 50 residents living on three floors are expected to store and prepare food with so little provision.

“There are also just four bathrooms.

“There are in addition to the bathrooms an additional seven toilets, but even with wash basins in most bedrooms I suspect this property will not attract the ‘young professionals’ as described.”

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Sounds like regular student halls. Anywhere likely to be of interest to students?

Student halls I've seen had blocks of 10 students get 1 kitchen and 2 separate showers.

This is offering 1 kitchen per 28 people (if it's enormous it may work), and 1 shower per 14 people - let's hope these young professionals don't all want a proper wash before work. The dirty renter scum.

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I'm sorry...."Wendy Cocks of Clement Royds Street...."

Seriously?

I was thinking the same thing! :D

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Student halls I've seen had blocks of 10 students get 1 kitchen and 2 separate showers.

This is offering 1 kitchen per 28 people (if it's enormous it may work), and 1 shower per 14 people - let's hope these young professionals don't all want a proper wash before work. The dirty renter scum.

My first year halls had 12 blokes, 4 toilet cubicles, 2 showers and 1 bath which we used for washing dishes when they frequently over ran the 1 kitchen. We actually got fined for the state of our kitchen a couple of times.

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Student halls I've seen had blocks of 10 students get 1 kitchen and 2 separate showers.

This is offering 1 kitchen per 28 people (if it's enormous it may work), and 1 shower per 14 people - let's hope these young professionals don't all want a proper wash before work. The dirty renter scum.

Hmmm. I've been trying to think back. In my first year at Cambridge[1], we had one kitchen for a corridor of 22 students. And that was a womens college (gone mixed, of course), so we had quite a lot more kitchen provision than the mens colleges (also gone mixed). I don't think we had any bathroom provision: it was a case of go round the corner to a nearby corridor with bathrooms.

It just wasn't important at that time of life. The only thing that really bugged me was the labour-intensive laundry (and by the time I finished, the college had got a couple of automatic washing machines).

[1] Which is what I remember. Never bothered to count numbers thereafter.

Edited by porca misèria

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So long as we can aspire to live like first year undergrad students from the 1970s, all is well, eh?

Besides, fess up- how much were you paying in rent?*

*Not that being cheap justifies slum conditions of course!

Edited by The Knimbies who say No

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So long as we can aspire to live like first year undergrad students from the 1970s, all is well, eh?

Besides, fess up- how much were you paying in rent?*

*Not that being cheap justifies slum conditions of course!

The question was simply about whether the building described might resemble student accommodation.

As for slum conditions, I certainly wouldn't describe it as that (doesn't much of the world regard Cambridge as privileged?). Real slum conditions costing most of my income were what hit me hard on graduating to a job in central London.

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The question was simply about whether the building described might resemble student accommodation.

Things have changed a lot since then. I saw some of the halls in Cambridge during the late 90s, and yeah, the kitchen and bathroom provisions weren't great, but they were better than yours and that proposed building. Besides, wouldn't most people eat at informal hall or something similar?

Regardless, the 57-bedder was intended for young workers. So it's all a bit moot.

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I think it was 8 to a corrider, one smallish kitchen, two toilets, one shower when I was at university (mid 90s), since we're on the subject. Everyone got their own sink though.

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Things have changed a lot since then. I saw some of the halls in Cambridge during the late 90s, and yeah, the kitchen and bathroom provisions weren't great, but they were better than yours and that proposed building. Besides, wouldn't most people eat at informal hall or something similar?

Regardless, the 57-bedder was intended for young workers. So it's all a bit moot.

Yes, we had the option (which most of us used) of meals in hall five days a week. Cafeteria service, or formal hall on a Thursday. Seems to be pretty usual for students, though the facilities tend to be rather more centralised than one per medium-sized residential building!

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Yes, we had the option (which most of us used) of meals in hall five days a week. Cafeteria service, or formal hall on a Thursday. Seems to be pretty usual for students, though the facilities tend to be rather more centralised than one per medium-sized residential building!

Indeed.

Catered and self catered halls are generally separate now. Different buildings for different expectations.

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