is the smallest of the undergraduate student halls of residence which constitute the University of Manchester
's Fallowfield Campus
, with just 120 students.
Allen Hall comprises three accommodation blocks: Newman, Teilhard, and More - centred around the main building where the office, common room, bar and laundrette are located. The hall is located approximately half a mile from the main Fallowfield campus, and is positioned opposite Platt Fields Park
2011 will see the official 50th anniversary of Allen Hall. A celebratory event is currently being planned for September 2011. In addition, it is hoped that 2011 will see the launch of the first official Allen Hall Alumni Association. Further information will be available in early 2011.
The hall was owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford until 1979, but was licensed by the University of Manchester and initially accepted only male undergraduate residents who were students of that university (or UMIST). The first female students were admitted in the 1995-96 academic year. There was no requirement that students had to be Catholic, but there was a large chapel on the first floor of the main block, where Mass was celebrated on Sundays by priests from the Catholic Chaplaincy, and the Catholic religion was an important feature of hall life. Former residents include Dave Smolira SJ (commonly known as 'FB') who was President of the JCR and later went on to become the Provincial of the English Province of the... Read More