(Original post by alwatkins1991)
I have decided to give some advice, since I am dying of solitary boredom on Easter holidays. I am going to be massively biased, as I am in James College, but as I have been in rooms in every college (except Langwith, but that is moving to Hes East next year so it doesn't matter)
Alcuin College - Really nice, standard band 3/4 ensuite accomodation. Renowned for being antisocial, no matter the attempts of the social secs, I think the people that live there just kind of accept the fact by the end of first term, and then it ends up being in a negative social vibe.
Derwent College - Catered, shared bathrooms. Not very nice accomodation (bit worn down), rooms are large though, but shared dated bathrooms. However, probably the most sociable college on campus. D-Bar is also the cheapest bar, but having been to D-events they feel a bit school disco-esque, but they go for it.
Halifax - Bit of a trek from campus (not that far, but if i was there i would never, ever go to a 9, or possible 10.15) Nice accomodation, in houses which makes for a more family feel I guess. Pretty sociable too.
Goodricke - Nice accomodation, nicest kitchens on campus (along with new vanbrugh. However my experiences with the people have been bad, and it is seriously segregated from campus due needing the bus or facing a 15 minute walk to get there. I think they are getting a bar and cash machine, and also New langwith next year, so should improve things.
James - Pretty much same accomodation as Alcuin, however much better community spirit, and more sociable due to reasonably central location on campus, and proximity to The Lounge, which although its quite a bad bar, is quite a good place to hang out and a lot of events take place in the roger kirk centre (which is where the lounge is)
Vanbrugh - Split into two, old vanbrugh and new vanbrugh (also called rich vanbrugh and poor vanbrugh, depending on who you speak to) Old vanbrugh is pretty bad, its a bit clinical and the buildings look like council flats, but it is located in the middle of campus so you are in a great location, and i think the social life is pretty good too. They also have lots of twin rooms (i think) so if you are into that, it might be good. New vanbrugh is really really nice, they have balconies (kind of) and really nice kitchens, and the rooms, again are similar to james and alcuin. also in a good spot. not entirely sure how sociable they are as i havent heard much about it.
There are a lot of stereotypes at uni about James/Alcuin being posh. I think this is due to them having the higher rent bands, so you do get rich kids there. But at the end of the day, you shouldnt judge people until you meet them, and you never know who is going to be in your intake. Next year, alcuin might be super sociable! The only thing I would say is that do not pick your accomodation based on your course, unless it is based on hes east. Lectures are all over campus, and it is a short walk to anywhere on campus!