Living after HMS Raleigh/joining the RN

Asasioun

Badgeman
I have put this through the search bar, but didn't find anything.

After going through HMS Raleigh and then signing on, where do people live and whats the cost?
The RN website mentions subsidised accommodation, but nothing further, so I assume that there is halls like places to live? Also, would anyone have any ideas as to the cost?
Or is it normal to find private housing?
I'm looking at going in as either a chef or an engineering technician (Fleet) if that makes any difference.

I appreciate this is probably a reasonably vague question.

TIA
 

Subaru9

Midshipman
Well if you're joining as an etme you'll be going to sultan for 30 weeks the weekend after passing out of raleigh... They say you're meant to pay monthly for this but due to the conditions it's currently free.

You have to live on base at this point, however it is better than raleigh due to the fact you move from 30 man messes down to 12, with the possibility of getting into a 4 man mess.

As for time off you work through the week and can leave base after work and you can go home for the weekends as long as you're back before 0700 on Monday, and as long as you don't have duty.

After this it's dependant on your draft.
 

LateToTheParty

Lantern Swinger
All bases have accommodation, raleigh is 30man, phase 2 Sultan is 12/4 man, raleigh is 6 I think after phase 2 you either get single cabins or live on board depending on your draft.

Cost wise it’s £20-£80 a month. As said Sultan is free
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
Idle curiosity, what makes Sultan so bad that they don't charge? Is there a food charge?
 

LateToTheParty

Lantern Swinger
Food is PAYD but is one of the poorer quality galleys.

The accommodation isn’t awful but it’s 90years old for the 12 man mess’s, we had a couple of occasions where we had no hot water for 21days with no alternate arrangements. Things are improving though like the bathrooms and heads have been refitted in the last few years.
 

Subaru9

Midshipman
I wouldn't say it's uncomfortable or really bad, like the previous post says they're old buildings and most have hot water problems every now and again.

Although since I've been here there's only been one case of this and its currently being sorted.

The food isn't as bad as everyone says either... It's just the Pay as You Dine aspect, but this can give you the chance to make it cheaper to eat by going to the shop and doing weekly shops instead, that's more down to you and how you spend your money as an individual.
 

LateToTheParty

Lantern Swinger
I wouldn't say it's uncomfortable or really bad, like the previous post says they're old buildings and most have hot water problems every now and again.

Although since I've been here there's only been one case of this and its currently being sorted.

The food isn't as bad as everyone says either... It's just the Pay as You Dine aspect, but this can give you the chance to make it cheaper to eat by going to the shop and doing weekly shops instead, that's more down to you and how you spend your money as an individual.
Wait until you’ve been there 10months and then move onto your next baseport. Really shows the standard isn’t as good as elsewhere, that said it’s better than Collingwood.
 

Subaru9

Midshipman
I could imagine... But it's something you get used to at the end of the day, it's not the worst living conditions so it's bearable
 

Asasioun

Badgeman
Thanks for all the responses, so, continuing my train of thought further...

Obviously there is specialist training after basic (duh) in this case youre saying Sultan, but what about after training is done and I'm 'fully in the Navy'. Would that be those single cabins that LateToTheParty mentioned? For ratings?

Otherwise, £20-£80 per month sounds perfectly reasonable.
 

LateToTheParty

Lantern Swinger
Depends on your branch, those of us that are submariners get single cabins as do those on shore drafts. I believe skimmers assigned to ships live on board but I don’t know
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Depends on your branch, those of us that are submariners get single cabins as do those on shore drafts. I believe skimmers assigned to ships live on board but I don’t know
Skimmers do live onboard normally, unless the platform is in refit.
 
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