The accommodation services at Farnham are pretty dire at times. Despite being a small university there is not enough on-site accommodation for more than about 50% of students, resulting in many students having to find alternative living arrangements. This wouldn't be so bad but the communication is abysmal and frequently results in many students rushing around at the last minute trying to find a place to live. Many students on my course were unable to find anywhere on time and ended up having to commute from Reading or even London every day. A friend of mine wasn't told until the week before she was due to start that she was ineligible for halls of residence! Additionally, many courses have recently undergone restructuring and failure to pass/applications for extensions due to extenuating circumstances are now handled entirely by an external board, in what the university has told us is an attempt to "reduce bias" and cut down on abuse of the service. The effect of this is now even more unfair than it was previously, as tutors were initially able to use their discretion to grant extensions and so forth. There have been cases in my peer group where a death of a step-father resulted in a pitiful one-day extension because he wasn't "a blood relative". Given that they require a death certificate as evidence for the extension request to be processed and the significant trauma that acquiring this can bring, I find this revolting. Additionally, there have been room cuts and redistribution resulting in the animation course now being without a primary studio and one very small, crowded and incredibly stuffy room in which to work. The reason being is that "it's not used enough" for the governors to consider providing more space; catch-22. Nobody can or wants to work there because it's so crowded, but we're not allowed a bigger space unless we use it.