Original post by MDW1993
Don't feel bad about getting Cryfield! I lived there last year and it was awesome. When you first go in, you'll probably be a bit terrified by how narrow the corridors are, but you get used to it. The rooms are a decent size with all the things you'd expect (bed, desk, sink, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe, bin, shelves, etc.) and most of the kitchens are bigger than the ones in Rootes. The great thing about Cryfield is you can walk around the whole block without needing a key (except to get in initially), so if you don't like the people on your floor, you can spend all your time on another! In Bluebell, you need to use your key 3 times to get to your room, so you can't do this.
As for the launderette, it's actually only a 2 minute walk. If you can't find it when you move in, it's the grey door with steps leading up to it as you walk up the hill from the car park to Cryfield. There are 5 washers and 5 dryers in it, most of which are normally working. Admittedly, some halls have launderettes within them, but with the money you're saving on accommodation, you'll actually be able to afford to wash your clothes (£2 for a 40 minute washing cycle and another £1 for a 50 minute dry).
Remember, wherever people end up, they usually end up loving it. And if they don't, there are opportunities to transfer to another halls in the first few weeks of term.
Edit: I feel I should point out that, if you're upset about it not being en-suite, the bathroom facilities are actually pretty great. There are 4 toilets, 2 showers and 1 shower/bath between 18 people in a single room (with internal walls, obviously :P). Last year, I only had to wait to use the shower two times, I think.