Don't bother 1 unit is medical and is only in attendence once in a blue moon. (1 training weekend in 3 years 'on-camp')
The other was RA(MAY STILL BE, if they haven't re-badged since i left them) and they are there only a bit more than the medics, as most are in a hot sandy place/places.
No Officers mess either, Officers and seniors share a bar and the juniors have their own.
If you want a place to stay while you are Uni, why isn't the Army coughing up for you accommodation like everyone else i know who went on this sort of gag? I understand that you have to be part of a mess, so join the OTC one...if you don't want be with them, don't go, just pay your 50p a month subs!!!
Live life at Uni as a student, on far higher wages, and have a great time. Good Luck and happy shagging!!
Truth is I don't really want to stay in a Mess at all but I have to make a reasonable attempt to prove to the budget holders that there is no suitable accommodation available within 10 miles and 45 minutes on public transport in order to qualify for SSSA (ie to live out). There is a real squeeze on T and S budgets as you may be aware and I have to justify my request to a full Colonel in writing.
I realise that there are dozens of students already living in rented accommodation but that's not cutting any ice with my guys. just need to make sure my justification is watertight.
That is really unfortunate. But I reccommend that the long game by proving that the MoD need to pay for your digs is the best way. Do you know of anyone else that you can live with who is also doing the same as you. Joint and unfied effort may win the day!!
T&S budgets are forever squeezed, just calmly do your research and make it as watertight as possible. Everyone is tighter than a gnat's arrse these days.
Thanks for the info, that's not the only Mess that's full either. Makes sense actually, otherwise why would all those undergraduates at Soton be living out if there was suitable Mess accommodation nearby?