Shrivenham MQs

#1
In full expectation that this has been covered in great detail elsewhere (although if it has buggered if I can find it) and, if so, somebody will tersely post the link:

What are the MQs like at Shrivenham? I've asked a few bods who have studied there and on the whole they were positive. However none of them have been there recently and, in view of the fact that we serve in such an exiciting and evolving organisation, I was wondering if things had changed at all?

VMT.
 
#3
They fall into two distinct camps:

- New Barratt-esque Homes (expensive)
- Older solid but smaller builds, but you gamble with how recently the kitchen was upgraded etc (cheaper)

We lived in one of the new ones and wished we had opted for an old build, due to cost and lack of character (the house!).

Depending on which course you are on may dictate this too (ACSC and Intl Students tending to get the new ones, ICSC getting the older ones). Given the BL was this week, I sense you may fall into the latter bracket?

Hope this helps.
 
#4
WT,

Many thanks - I'll have a good look through in slower time.

LI,

How did you guess?! 'Cheaper and with more character' will probably do nicely - in fact it sounds a bit like my last OJAR...

Thank you as well.
 
#5
Fred_Karno said:
WT,

Many thanks - I'll have a good look through in slower time.

LI,

How did you guess?! 'Cheaper and with more character' will probably do nicely - in fact it sounds a bit like my last OJAR...

Thank you as well.
You're very welcome :D
 
#6
I've had both new and old. Without doubt I'd go for the older one again.

You don't have the convenience of the garage attached to the house but it feels a hell of a lot more solid and less rabbit hutch, if you know what I mean.
 
#7
We lived in one of the oldero houses last year and it was fine, bigger and less than hald the cost of the new ones. We also didn't have to worry as much about keeping it in good nick.
 
#8
I agree with Chicken Jim. I'm heading back there next year and will be heading for the old quarters again if i can get one allocated.
 
#9
If you're unfortunate enough to get one of the new ones, you won't need a hammer to put up the picture hooks and just be careful that you don't lean too heavily on the walls.

There are two types of older style houses. Some are two quarters knocked into one and are sometimes completely barking mad layouts. The others (on the College side of the patch) are good to go though.
 
#10
Was in Days Ground and they were great.

Older style but detached, garage attached and a short bike ride in through the back gate (unless you forget the simplex code).
 
#14
Baghdad-Brit said:
Was in Days Ground and they were great.

Older style but detached, garage attached and a short bike ride in through the back gate (unless you forget the simplex code).
I was in Common Close and did the same route (the bridge over the lake was a bugger in the ice!). I heard a few weeks ago that now Beckett House is revamped and open, it has a perimeter fence and there are restrictions on using the bak gates - don't know how true that is?
 
#15
I've just been offered a MQ in Hill Road. I'm hoping to get down there to have a look before accepting however Mrs Karno has had a look and (with her admittedly small knowledge of SFA) does not think that it compares favourably with other pads she has seen elsewhere (Bovington, Camberley, Windsor etc.). With no practical knowledge of what else is available in Shrivenham and thus nothing to compare it to I would be really grateful for a steer if anybody has any knowledge of the houses in Hill Road; basically, am I being sold a pup?

Sorry to keep on about this issue, but I'm sure you can all imagine the possible dischord on the domestic front if Mrs K gets down there and discovers that we're in the Shrivenham equivalent of Montgomery Lines, Aldershot.
 
#16
Hi

I did my In-Service Degree at Shriv and lived on Hill Rd as at that time it was the Mess Annex. I personally would avoid the road because of the following:

a. small floor plans and unless they've been gutted it's small up stairs (2 bed and a box room)
b. Built in the 50's but to low spec even by those`standards.
c. No real garden at the back as it's all chainlink fences = no privacy.
d. Parking is out the front of the houses and can
e. Garages are limited availability (def no attached ones plus they get done over alot!)
 
#17
However the actual MQs on Hill Road are 4 bedroom and spacious. They are much cheaper than the new build, can be "abused" as they are old and only 5 mins walk from the college.
 
#18
I'm in a new-build at present and wouldn't swap it for one of the old style quarters.

The new-build quarters may be slightly more expensive, but if I'm going to drag the family around the country I'd rather live in a house which has decent insulation, is laid out in a logical and family friendly way, and which does not generally depress through its dilapidated state. I've lived all over the place, and my wife is far happier in this house than any other we've lived in during the last 8 or so years.

Before I moved into this new build, a number of people had mentioned the poor sound proofing between them, being semi-detached. I've never had an issue with hearing the neighbours.

My only final comment would be to avoid quarters near the Meadow Road / Saxon Orchard / Folly Crescent junction. The large grassed area next to the junction is locally known as Cairo FC due to the very large number of children who play football on it on a daily basis, the noise and disturbance of which is a pain up the arrse.
 
#19
I've just got a Capts Quarter in Faringdon only the Druidess, the pooch and myself - about 4 miles away but bikable (if I avoid the main drag) or could even run in (if I were feeling energetic). Any dramas there???
 
#20
goatbagthedruid said:
I've just got a Capts Quarter in Faringdon only the Druidess, the pooch and myself - about 4 miles away but bikable (if I avoid the main drag) or could even run in (if I were feeling energetic). Any dramas there???
It is walkable in a DJ at 0300 hrs. Trust me, keep off the road at that time of the morning as the trucks belt along at a fair whack! Only did it once, and I will never do it again.
 

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