Living in halls

Nathan describes Opal Gardens – en-suite rooms in a self-catering hall of residence in leafy Victoria Park.


On Victoria Park

“My three favourite things about where I live are the location, the peacefulness and the convenience. I’m near to Fallowfield and to the University, so I can go quickly to either. I can have a night out, or I can stay in and never struggle to get to sleep. And we’re close to a nice row of shops: there’s a Lidl, a Tesco, a Morrisons, and a big Asda round the corner.”



On Opal Gardens

“I really like our common room: it’s a good place for everyone to meet up, have a drink, play table tennis, watch sport or a movie. The en suites are also extremely useful. For a decent price you’ve got very good facilities.

“I’m part of the Residents’ Association committee. We run events to encourage people to meet each other and have a bit of fun: a free pizza night, club nights, ice skating, paintballing. It’s busy, but it’s nice to give something back – and benefit myself!”


On settling in

“I’m absolutely loving it here. At school you make great friends, but at university you spend nights and days with your friends, you eat and live with them, you walk into uni with them every day – and friendship reaches a whole new level. I’ve made what feels like friends for life quite quickly.

I’ve made what feels like friends for life quite quickly.

On support

“There’s a great maintenance team – if anything happens like a light bulb going, you can register the problem with an online system and they will sort it out as soon as possible.

“We also have hall tutors and a hall warden who can offer help if needed.”


Nathan Eldridge
BA Management and Leisure