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HALL. A public building used either for the meetings of corporations, courts, or employed to some public uses; as the city hall, the town hall. Formerly this word denoted the chief mansion or habitation.

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'In view of recent security situation on the campus, male visitors are henceforth prohibited from entering the above-listed female halls of residence.
Plans to build 81 houses at the site of Hollins Halls of Residence in Radcliffe Road have been approved by town hall bosses.
Its long-running, PS600 million regeneration of the campus has already seen a new library, sports centre with 50-metre pool and "The Vale" halls of residence completed alongside labs and teaching buildings.
| Pictured, left to right: Professor Robert Allison, Jocelyn Cullity, Emma Parsons and Callum Parke at the opening of the Claudia Parsons halls of residence at Loughborough University.
He was responding to a statement made by coalition leaders on January 31 that the state would immediately allocate Pound 10 million for the reconstruction of university halls of residence, and if the economy fares well, another Pound 10 million could be earmarked for the same purpose in late 2018."We are disappointed that, at a time when the Finance Ministry is reporting the Slovak economy's excellent results, the coalition is willing to release only 20 percent of the original promise," said Lovasz as cited by the TASR newswire, adding that such an attitude indicates that young people are not the government's priority.
They have absolutely no respect for private homes in the area as they continue to return all through the early morning hours in taxis, staggering back to the halls of residence.
"A physical inspection identified that around a quarter of the exterior walls on one of our buildings - Bainfield Halls of residence - featured the same cladding reportedly used at Grenfell.
South Wales Police confirmed it was called at 10.22am yesterday but was unable to con-firm the location of the halls of residence.
"If business rates are applied to halls of residence it will very likely result in students' rent increasing considerably and making the local universities significantly less appealing to future students.
The university's Pantycelyn halls of residence have been threatened with closure at the end of the academic term.