So where I lived for a while as a student has just gone up in flames.
The residence was based around a former house owned by the Cadbury family, with formal rooms and a large sweeping staircase. The University of Birmingham had added side extensions with bedrooms many years before. For a couple of years I lived in the room on the top left of this image (the part that is on fire):
On reflection it was all in pretty poor shape when I was a student, without proper heating (gas fires, the one in my room being condemned with instructions not to use it) and low-grade electrical supply (2 amp maximum). Optimistically you could describe it as faded grandeur. But we were students, away from home for the first time, and living in a large house in what are still impressive grounds.
Ah, but no more. Seven years ago the university decided that the building was past the point where it could be upgraded to work to a modern standard, and was closed pending some decision on what to do with the site. I guess that question is a little easier to address now since presumably the house is now a complete write-off regardless of its historic value.
Sometimes when I am in Birmingham I drive by to see the old house. Now all I have is the memory.