The Hawthorns building is a converted hotel that is home to 93 residents in the main building – 4 in double rooms. There are an additional 22 ensuite rooms in the Clifton Wing. In summer 2010, the Hawthorns underwent a major refurbishment. All rooms contain new furniture and have been freshly re-decorated. The rooms vary in size, and are a mix of ensuite and rooms with washbasins. The rooms are also contain a mix of single and double beds; you will be notified of your bed size in your offer letter so you know which to expect.
The building also provides conferencing facilities and houses the staff refectory and bar, the Accommodation Office and the Student Houses Office. The accommodation is quite separate from these, though, and easy to get lost in! There are coloured zones to help find your way around the accommodation.
The building is in the middle of the University precinct; all departments, the sports centre and library facilities are only a minute's walk away. There are 2 supermarkets, all nature of shops and bars also within easy walking distance.
There is a regular bus service just opposite which runs to Broadmead, Bristol's central shopping area, and the bus and the train station.