Hild Bede is great! To answer some of the questions:
-none of freshers this year share a room
-room sizes vary a lot, but even the normal small uni room as expected has everything you could possibly need. Besides, it's a year until you get yourself a cool house with your mates.
-the food is okay. it isnt't great, but well above the standards of normal school-provided meals. You can expect to be eating potatoes more than usual, but the meals should be more or less the same in all catered colleges, so no one is at advantage here.
-I really can't stress enough what a great location Hild Bede has. if you're in one of the hill colleges you can expect to be walking good 20-30 mins every time you go to the centre (nights out can be very long then) and if you're in on the the Bailey colleges you're basically in the centre, hence no greenery, no football or tennis courts, so if you're sporty you have to walk all the way to Maiden Caste (sports centre) for practice, whereas in HB we have two gyms and all aforementioned courts.