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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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Dadak's outfit is not on Bournemouth University's letting agents list, but with offices right under a hall of residence he still finds custom.
But it could soon be the end of an era for the historic Pantycelyn Hall of Residence in Aberystwyth, which is earmarked for closure.
Bangor magistrates heard that drunken Gareth Symes, 18, had sparked a bomb alert in a late-night phone call to the city's Bryn Dinas hall of residence where he lived on October 1.
A STUDENT has been found dead at her university hall of residence after her family raised the alarm when they hadn't heard from her.
Also included in the new ensemble is an administrative building and, about a piazzetta to the south-west, a hall of residence and sculpture building for the Atlanta College of Art.
Solihull-based construction firm Bluestone has won a pounds 6.9 million contract with Unite Group to build a student hall of residence in Coventry.
A student tutor who was inside the hall of residence heard glass being smashed and a security guard saw two men, one of whom was Browne, carrying drawers containing DVDs.
Police swooped to collar a gang of sneak thieves who raided a Teesside university hall of residence.
Andrew Tucker, 19, was with three friends when the elevator stopped at the first floor of their hall of residence. He went to step out when it dropped 5ft.
They immediately sealed off the Garrochy House hall of residence and blasted the building with toxic chemicals.