(Original post by Gary10k)
1. No, but i partied hard enough in them. They are pretty good. There are two halls right across from the library. They are really good, lots of fun parties and stupid stuff goes on there. Chancellor halls are a bit further back, and tend to have more foreign students in them.
You will make your best friends here. Especially in freshers week - so many halls parties as well as the freshers fair. Rooms are basic, with a big living/kitchen area. Which is all you need for being a student. Some halls may have en suites, but a lot are shared bathrooms. Birkbeck halls are real good fun. They have a bit of a reputation.
Garnett halls are where it's at IMO. They are in arranged in a square looking onto one square plaza. It's so lovley in summer when everyone is out too. And right beside a bar too =]
2. Got drunk. But seriously, get involved at freshers week. Go to everything you can. If you're staying in halls freshers week it total banter to go out with all your flat mates and meet everyone. Please remember people are coming from all over the place to the uni - so some people will know no one, so it's all about getting everyone involved and having a good time. The atmosphere is actually amazing.
I should be part of the Freshers Team this year so i will post information when i get it.
3. Depends on your course. I got electives in my first year, but not in my second. Just depends how many credits you need, and how many your classes are worth. Eg say your 1st year classes are worth 100credits, but you need 120 for first year. Then you could do two 10 credit electives, or one 20 credit elective.
4. The union is free to go to. The sports union - you only really have to join if you are competing for the uni (football, rugby, basketball etc) for insurance purposes and that. It's a one off payment for the year.
The gym is also like £70 for two semesters, or £40 for one semester. That's off the top of my head, ill check prices when im next there