(Original post by Origami Bullets)
There's a number of reasons
- Fallowfield tends to attract people who want to combine a good social life with academic work. In contrast, City tends to attract those that have a more 'blinkered' view - they are there to get their degree and making friends is irrelevant, especially with people from countries other than their own, avoiding any form of integration like the plague (the Chinese are notorious for this, and they live almost exclusively in City). Victoria Park is a bit of a pain to get to / from uni compared to other halls - it's away from Wilmslow Road, a half hour walk to uni, but too close to get a bus. It tends to attract shier sorts too, who don't want the brazen sociability of Fallowfield. Obviously, these aren't absolutes, they're just tendencies.
- Fallowfield has a big Sainsbury's, whereas in City you are limited to small Express / Metro supermarkets, which are more expensive and have less choice
- 99% of society socials that I have been to have started in Fallowfield, so if I was living
- The Armitage Centre (uni owned pitches, sports halls, gym etc.) is in Fallowfield - although in fairness City does have the Sugden & Aquatics Centres. It's also closer to some other sports facilities that I use (although this latter bit will probably be irrelevant to you)
- It's a student ghetto. Not really sure if this is meant to be a good thing, but there are so many students here that people who obviously aren't students get funny looks! Anyway, that means that everything here is centred around students.
- You get some green space around your halls in Fallowfield, which tends to be in short supply in City. And ducks! We have ducks!
And Fallowfield is just plain awesome in general. Probably the best recommendation that I can give it is that if I was going to live in halls for a second year, I'd return to Oak House. As it is, I've chosen to move out with friends, but I'm staying in Fallowfield, only a few streets away from where I currently live in Oak House.
With regards to specific halls, both Richmond and Sheavyn are nice, and within the halls, the fabric of the buildings tends to be fairly similar - the same unplastered breezeblock, the same dodgy ovens, the same desks etc. So once you've chosen what campus you want, what catering arrangements, and what sort of bathroom you want (en suite / shared) then I wouldn't worry too much what you put down.