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Monday 18 December 2006 9.52pm
ok so i am new to this thingy and have never blogged before but the net isnt turning up any good answers - so i will be moving to london and the se1 area next week - i go to UAL - or will be going and i am gonna live at manna ash house - i've been to london before and from what i remember that area is quite decent...but i could be wrong - could anyone please enlighten my darkness, although from reading i understand that supermarkets arent close - so whats close whats not- how is the area, my place of residence and the schoolif anyone knows :-)
Monday 18 December 2006 10.31pm
Hi there. Welcome to London and the forum. The area is great (most of SE1 is a great place to live) and actually I think that one of the advantages of living here is that lots of central London is quite close - it is of course relative. But I am afraid that I have no idea what UAL is or what manna ash house is. Are they on Blackfriars road?

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Monday 18 December 2006 10.34pm
Manna Ash House is on Pocock Street. UAL is the University of the Arts London (formerly The London Institute) of which the London College of Communication (née Printing) at the Elephant and Castle is part.

Banani posted this message in the Potters Fields thread so I spit it into a separate thread and changed the title.

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Monday 18 December 2006 11.29pm
Cheers James. Well in that case you have a whole shoppping centre at the Elephant & Castle which includes a Tesco, right by the college. As to Pocock street - well you are close to tyhe much praised Great Suffolk St. shops (see other thread). Plus bars and busses aplenty.

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Monday 18 December 2006 11.40pm
My ex-girlfriend lived in Manna Ash House. It is in a great location near to Southwark Tube (for access to central London) and the local amenities of The Cut (including Baltic which is an excellent bar/restaurant).
Tuesday 19 December 2006 5.13pm
Oh my goodness, thanks guys - I mean i used to live in sutton but as u can imagine sutton is quite far from where i am going - so jus wanted to know if all i heard and read was true - only 9 days to go and still so much to do and i am out with the flu ...ok so guys tell me what is the job scene like apparently school is just 15 mins by bus from pocock street- and if i could work close by that would be cool - would u say there are decent job opportunities inthe immediater area?
Tuesday 19 December 2006 9.00pm
Hi Banani,

I live just around the corner from Pocock Street, and I think you'll find there aren't many places in London there are as convenient as Waterloo. However, the local amenities aren't brilliant, luckily an Oyster Card can solve that problem, as it's quick and easy to get to shops etc.

You won't have a problem getting part-time work, as there are lots of bars and restaurants around, and you can also easily catch a bus to the West End, which obivouly also has lots of part-time work.

You can catch the 63, 45 or 100 from Blackfriars Road (the bus stop is very close to the end of Pocock Street) to Elephant and Castle, for college and shopping. The 63 carries on down Old Kent Road, for Lidl and Tesco's, with an Asda a bit further down. Walworth Road and East Street marker are also good for shopping, the 45 bus will take you there.

I'm not sure if you have a car, but remeber we are in the congestion zone, so you will need to apply for a discount and a parking permit asap.
Wednesday 20 December 2006 12.26am
The area is good, very liveable and interesting. I lived at Manna Ash when it first opened, and came back to this area as soon as I could.

I hope Manna Ash has changed. I found that the management are not especially efficient or clued in to students' needs. At least five of my friends had minor breakdowns living there, and I genuinely think the atmosphere of the place contributed.
Wednesday 20 December 2006 9.58am
I think the problem with the building itself (and this is some years ago now) is that it makes you feel quite isolated. From memory, the building was split into units of 5 or 6 and these would be the only people you could easily socialise with in the main kitchen area because all units had their own security doors.

This may well of changed, but I'd suggest making friends with students on campus to avoid relying on people in halls.
Wednesday 20 December 2006 2.00pm
ONCE AGAIN - thank u all soo much u really have been very helpful - i have been trying to figure out the setup of manna ash and could never but i guess i'll see whats up when that happens- to tell the truth manna ash definietly seems to have some very strict unreasonable rules but its close to school and where else in that area can i live comfortably for 400 pounds a month .....ok well no car so i will be bussing it around town but things seem easy and within reach -THANKS TEAM!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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