I'm a recent graduate, but a friend of mine is planning on living with us in Newcastle, but this means someone will have to replace him in the on campus accommodation he accepted a few months ago.
The room is in a four person flat in Hawthornes, where you share a kitchen and bathroom with three other people. Nice numbers compared to the 30 or so you could potentially be sharing a kitchen and bathroom with otherwise. As well as this, if you like your own space, this would remove the potential of having to live in temporary shared accommodation, where you share a bedroom with another student, if applying to the accommodation office on your own.
If you're just about to start Uni, I can't recommend living in Halls enough, it's a great way to get to know people and nice have a close network of people around that you wouldn't have living in either Newcastle or Stoke. As well as this, it's about 10-15 minute walk (or a super speedy free bus) onto the main campus, for lectures, or nights out or society things.
If you're interested, leave a message on this thread, and I'll give you as much information as I can.
[/FONT]I can answer any queries you might have about living in halls in Keele in general as well, if you'd like.
Have you done any of these?