The rough diamond of the Humber

Grimsby, for whatever reason, is not traditionally the site that all students cross their fingers and hope to be allocated to, that afternoon in Spring when Phase II allocations are revealed. Nevertheless, it’s not anywhere near as bleak as some rumours might paint it.

The accommodation layout

 Students live in housing blocks a stone’s throw from the hospital (Diana Princess of Wales, aka DPoW), literally not further than 50 m. This has the huge advantage of a far longer lie-in and the option of being on the wards within 5 mintues of having rolled out of bed (depending on your personal cleanliness). Each accommodation block, of which there are six, consists of three floors, and each floor has a further three flats.
All rooms have access to wireless internet, which although fast during the day slows down when all students are using it simultaneously e.g. in the evening

Parking is on-site, with ample space around all of the housing blocks. A parking permit, obtainable from the security office adjacent to the main entrance to the hospital, is requisite.

There’s an M&S cafeteria and a Whistlestop newsagent within the hospital. The closest ‘local’ supermarket is the Spar, along Scartho Road

Four students live in each flat, which has a bath/shower combo bathroom, a toilet, two airing cupboards, a kitchen and four bedrooms. The kitchen has a small table of four, a tall fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, electric oven and hob. There’s also a mix of pots, pans, crockery, glassware and cutlery, although more can be picked up from the accommodation office if needed. There’s parking available for on-site residents, and you’ll need to pick up a parking warrant ( in 2013 it cost £6.60/month) in order to park. The parking officers are extremely keen, so don’t be seen without a permit or attempt some half-on, half-off kerb parking.

Grimsby roomYour room

The rooms are a fairly reasonable size for a single bed. Its probable (but not guaranteed) that you’ll have a basin in your room. There’s also a long, thin desk and chair, a wardrobe with ample space for clothes through the week, a second armchair, and a bedside table. Unlike most other accommodation although the radiators can be a little temperamental the scalding hot pipe that passes thorough the room will keep it at a pretty reasonable temperature. Unfortunately the rooms can be a bit dark with the lights the accommodation provide, so it would be a smart move to bring along your own floor/table lamps.

The accommodation provides fitted sheets, duvet and pillow cases, a duvet, pillow and towel. Cleaners come on a weekly basis and replace sheets as needed.

Wireless internet is available in all rooms and the usernames and passwords tend to be given out with the accommodation pack you receive when you arrive. The internet can slow down substantially in the evening with everyone streaming TV, so don’t be surprised if you find you’re unable to catch up on TOWIE, Made in Chelsea and Desperate Scousewives simultaneously.

The environsgrimsby-accommodation

Along Scartho Road, in the direction away from Grimsby centre, there’s a good franchised pub 10 mins walk from the hospital called the Rose and Crown which has a good range of drinks, serves food, has a Monday pub quiz and has a couple of fires going during the winter. For food shopping there’s a small group of shops including a Spar, a good butchers and a couple of takeaways. If you’re looking for a St Stephen’s sized Tesco you’ll have to head into Grimsby, where there’s a large Tesco and Asda adjacent to one another. Enjoy navigating the dual carriageways!

HYMS in Grimsby

The HYMS student centre is on site and only a 5 min walk from the accommodation. Along with the clinical skills, tutorial and teaching rooms, there are also a number of computers available. The library is also attached to the complex and has 24-hour access available if you ask for it when signing up for a library card. It has a very comprehensive selection of books, and additional computers.