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Hostelz.com's Review
Given that in Malta accommodation is quite expensive and there are not many hostels around, NSTS Campus Residence & Hostel is a fairly good choice. In general, the people there are more than friendly and helpful and the facilities of the residence are pretty ok. Keep in mind though, that NSTS’s main purpose is to accommodate students, thus, it's not the typical hostel you might expect.

The Location

NSTS’s location is not what one would characterize as great. However, this is not really a serious problem, because Malta is small and the transportation is adequate. The hostel is located in the area of Msida, a few minutes' walking distance away from the University of Malta. Just in the University roundabout there are a couple of bus stops. From there you can easily move around the island (for most destinations, though, you first have to go to Valetta). Around the hostel you can find a supermarket and a couple of grocery stores within seven minutes' walking distance. You won't find any bars or restaurants, though.

Rooms and Bathrooms

NSTS is meant to accommodate students of the University and its apartments are built to serve this purpose. In general, the apartments are spacious and consist of two rooms with two to four beds each and a couple of desks, one spacious bathroom/toilet, one kitchen, and one living room with a dining area. There is always a balcony as well. All of the apartments offer wireless internet. Of the two rooms, one is quite small in most of the situations, without access to the balcony.

Beds are fine and sheets and towels are included. The kitchen is fully equipped with new utensils and there is also a big fridge with freezer. However, in the apartments there are no lockers and no A/C, which is quite a disadvantage during the hot Maltese summer. Remember also that Malta has the British type of sockets.

Cleanliness is an issue. A lot of residents are students who rent rooms for quite long periods and they are responsible for cleaning their apartment. Thus, if you share the apartment with such long-term residents, it is questionable if the common areas of the apartment will be tidy and clean. In our case, our apartment was a mess the first day. The second day the students with whom we were sharing it left, the hostel’s staff cleaned perfectly and we kept it clean for the rest of our stay.

Common Spaces

In the basement, you can find the small restaurant where the breakfast is served. The breakfast, which is included in the price, is a quite standard buffet where you can have bread, butter, jam, honey, cheese, ham (a few types), donuts, cereals, coffee/juices/milk/tea. On the backside of the building lies the swimming pool with tables and deck chairs. You can swim until 6 p.m.

Next to the swimming pool you can find the PC room. There are free-to-use computers with internet. In the same room there are also a couple of vending machines where you can buy cold beverages and coffee/tea at any time. Finally, the staff can help you to book trips and cruises and they offer information about the island. You can also book taxi to and from the airport if needed.

Summary

Overall NSTS hostel is a quite recommended place to stay but maybe not the priority. It can be clean (depending on the other residents), the facilities are good, there is kitchen, and the staff are awesome -- they ll do everything to help you. It can be also crazy fun in there because of the students residing in it (this can be a pitfall as well though). The location is not that good but not troublesome neither. Its biggest disadvantage, however, it is that is quite overpriced; it's not bad but you can definitely find a room in a hotel with same price or a bit cheaper and in better location.

by fumantsu
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
August 2010

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
1   VERY BAD Very bad accommodation for summer. I have stayed 1 week and was my worst holidays in my life. Never again. They have no air conditioner with 40 degrees Celsius and all the day with the sun on the room, impossible to get sleep. They are working with industrial machines on the street. Impossible to get rest and sleep. Never again. I got an infection in my ears with the swimming pool. Far away from everything. Never again. 1 week, only 1 cleaning and they stole my shampoo/deodorant (only brand items). They are very clever. I ask for more and clean towls and said that they have no more towels. The bathroom does not evacuate the water and at the end of the week, smelled very bad.  , CANDELA ()
4   Loved it! It was so homey. I stayed here for 5 months with my friend and it became like a home to us. It is very old fashioned but the beds are comfortable and the staff are very friendly. We had so many fun experiences and met many wonderful people from all around the world. We are hoping to come back to NSTS as it brings back so many memories and it is a great location next to the university where we studied. We loved NSTS and i would recommend anyone to go there if there looking for somewhere with a nice atmosphere and 70s decor ( nothing at all fancy)!  , England ()

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