(Original post by Darkest Knight)
I'm at Bankside this year and am staying on again next year, because I'm changing courses. Thought I'd create a thread for those of you considering living here next year.
I've noticed a lot of people are leaning towards Rosebury and Passfield becasue they are more social, but I've found Bankside very social too this year and wouldn't want to live anywhere else! Rosebury and Passfield are great halls too, but the facilities and location of Bankside are unrivalled in my opinion.
Location - right on the centre of the South Bank, directly behind the Tate Modern. Southwark, London Bridge, Borough, and Waterloo stations are all within walking distance. The Millenium Bridge is also about a 2 minute walk away. Not to mention all of the restaurants, pubs, and theatres in the area.
Social life - Ministry of Sound is about a 15 minute walk away. There are lots of bars and pubs in the area too, but they are slightly expensive because of all the tourist attractions. However that doesn't stop us from having a good time and I've gone out to a lot of different places of the year, whether in Leicester Square, Camden, Mayfair, or Shoreditch. In London everywhere is easy to get to by public transport, and often taxis can work out cheaper than taking the tube if you fill them up.
Facilities - Bankside is the only LSE hall to have an operational bar, and this really is great. The staff are friendly and drinks reasonably price. There are two pool tables there, and a table football too, all free to use. There is also a TV lounge with a huge HD projector screen, and Xbox 360 hooked up for residents to use. Also, 50% of residents get their own ensuite, and if you don't you only share with one other person which is quite good.
The committee - we have a social committee who organise events over the year too and this helps too. During freshers they told us about club nights we could go to, and organised pre-drink sessions, as well as things like tours of the area, a trip to the local Nandos where we all get 50% off our meal etc, and even a casino night in the Banside Bar. We have a boat party coming up too after exams - they've told us there is a mystery celebrity coming too... have on idea who!
Anyway, hopefully that is helpful. Feel free to ask any questions you have about life at Bankside too, and I will do my best to answer.