(Original post by hazzypants)
I would use location and room quality/cost as your main way of deciding which accomodation.
Okay, well if you're lazy and don't like walking I'd choose bowland county or furness.. they're the closest to where you're lectures will be, so no more than 5 minute walk, as well as being less than 5 mins from alex square (the main shopping bit with the library, supermarket, banks) Furthest away is cartmel and lonsdale on south west campus, having said this it's only a 10-15 minute walk from here to bowland where history dpt is.
I'm in a grizedale townhouse and honestly i think they're the best accomodation.
You have 12 to a kitchen and huge living room (living rooms are amazing!), and then 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on each floor. so almost en suite. next year it's £102 a week, but it's still cheaper than en suite. Have a look on facebook for photos of the townhouses. they also have identical townhouses in county, which would be closer to your lectures. I just feel that they give best value for money... they're even eco friendly, and were only built in 2008, so basically brand new. Alot of townhouses end up being a 'family' of 12 people.. all of my house really get along... but there are about 5 of us that tend to go out alot more and then 6 or so that tend to stay in the living room watching tele... you have more chance of finding like-minded people.
if you want a big college (so about 700 on campus) then choose county, it's the biggest by far, grizedale has about 400 living on campus i think, so one of the smallest ones, no matter where you end up tho, you'll feel like your college is your community. i just liked the idea of being a smaller college and getting to know a larger percentage of people,which is why i chose grizedale.
to be honest different colleges 'reputations' often aren't that true and are said in jest. for example bowland is called scummy (mainly cos it's got ugly bowland tower and cheap accomodation), lonsdale and fylde have sporty reps, and i think grizedale are seen as a party college... all really aren't that true. All it takes is about 20 or 30 students in one college to go out and get drunk all of the time to give the rep of being a party college for example. You've got to think that colleges are constantly changing every year with a new influx of people. Every college will have people that love drinknig, hate drinking, love quizzes, hate quizzes etc.... One thing I will say is that I've heard bad things about cartmel... their bar is dead, and alot of the students are international and don't seem to want to get involved with college activities... i think they're attracted by the fact it's 100% en suite and alot are catered.
I think with all of you new freshers lancaster could become a lot more posh and 'private school', as lancaster has shot up the league tables and increased a lot of the grade requirements.
No matter what college you end up in you'll love it, and have an attachment to it. At the end of the day I wouldn't have it any different from grizedale... equally tho I'd been plonked in county for fylde for example, i'd be saying the exact same thing!