(Original post by fruit92)
Hey, I'm at the uni of liverpool at the moment and I remember how much stress it was finding accommodation. (It was a last minute decision to come to Liverpool after I decided to change course around results time so I was automatically put through clearing when the unis I actually got into didn't have space for me on the course I wanted to do!!)
Anyyyyway: the plan was always to go self-catered BUT at Liverpool it's very different. Rather than the majority of first-years going self-catered, you're best off going catered. Self catered halls in Liverpool are very anti-social, and mainly designed for international or post-graduate students. Not to mention, you'll be in a tiny flat. I chose catered because I'd be on a floor with over 20 people so I knew I'd be with at least someone I'd get on with. It makes a world of difference ,trust me. I know self-catered freshers who just felt like they were completely missing out. One boy I know has quit uni and another girl was landed in a flat with 5 boys and no girls. If you want the freedom to cook and an en-suite, then fair enough, but you'll be missing out on a social life whether you're a party animal or not.
I'm on carnatic (there's a HUGE amount of rivalry between greenbank and carnatic halls) and there are about 2000 people on-site who all eat at the same place for breakfasts and dinner.
Check you dont pick halls with single-sex floors if you don't want that. (Lady Mountford are single sex floors as far as I'm aware.)
Rankin is the biggest halls. It's got 22 people on a floor, 3 or 4 floors per block, and 4 blocks. It's known as the party-halls but I still know loads of people who just like it for the atmosphere and don't really go out. There are 2 showers, 2 baths, and 4 loos (2 girls and 2 boys) per floor. This sounds crazy, I know, but i've never had to wait for a shower or the loo and they get cleaned every week day.
I'm going to be biased because I'm a rankin girl but despite the un-plastered walls I wouldn't be anywhere else. just cover your wall with posters and photos and bring a nice lamp and you're sorted. Also the uni website's photos of halls are really outdated and although the beds are still realllllly uncomfortable, the desk, wardrobe, chair and chest of drawers and different and so much nicer than the ones in the pictures. And I have friends who have managed to get a free new matress off carnatic because they complained about theirs.
You should also bear in mind that different halls have different kitchens. Apparently McNair kitchens are rubbish, I think most are ok but Morton, Lady Mountford and Dale have hobs, whereas the others just have a kettle, toaster and microwave. (4.30-6.00 dinners mean that you'll always feel hungry in the evening). BRING A GEORGE FOREMAN. You can make a lot
of things with this if you dont have an oven etc.
Greenbank, although our sworn enemy, probably isn't that bad. You'll have a nightmare trying to get the bus into uni everyday because the bus generally stops at carnatic first unless you get on the only-greenbank one. But it might be worth checking out the self-catered halls there if you're still keen on that. You could probably apply for an en-suite too. You'd still be in a really lively halls and have loads of people around but have the independence of cooking etc.
Anyway I've gone on for a while. Let me know if you've got any questions.xx