Yeah thanks. I went to look at Aber and didn't like the accomodation there at all. However, St Andrews' looked lovely.
My idea of poor accomodation is really, really tiny rooms.
If you want an example of the level of variation there can be between different types of accommoation, Exeter is your perfect example.
On the one end of the scale, you have Lafrowda standard. Rooms big enough for a single bed and a tiny desk, and about a square metre of floor space. Dark, dingy, doesn't even have plaster on the walls. The corridors are really narrow and the kitchens are nasty and cramped. You're sharing dodgy facilities with about a million other people. But the people who live there have a reputation for being really friendly.
On the other hand, you have Holland Hall. Brand new catered accommodation, basically hotel standard. You get a big room with a double bed, ensuite bathroom and (get this) a balcony. Your meals are served in a glass fronted restaurant with amazing views of the Exe valley. Costs about £130/week. If you want to live here, you will pay for it. And you will be living exclusively with people who can afford to pay for it, with all that that implies. I'd imagine it's extremely public school.
Two very different halls, same university.
I'm going to Bristol, and there are again, loads of variations in the accommodation there, from the Oxbridge-style, fully catered Wills Hall, to self-catering flats of varying standards, to student houses. You might be living in the centre of Bristol, or you could be living a 40 minute walk out, in the suburbs.
But I used Exeter as an example because it is perfect for the point I was trying to get across. There will be massive differences in accommodation wherever you go. They need to cater for everybody's needs. They also need to have posh accommodation to attract rich people who might otherwise not bother applying, but they also need to have shabby accommodation for people who are genuinely on a budget.
I was pleased with my accomodation - it was basic but big enough and i managed to make it homey. A girl in the room next to me though hated it and thought it was horrible so i suppose it depends on what you are used to and what you expect.