I was in Hendo last year.
The food was alright (some nights it would be quite good, other nights worryingly dubious), but it'll fill a hole.
The rooms are fair size in comparison to some of the other residences (most of the East Wing ones are quite nicely sized actually...one of the better wings).
The trek into town isnt that bad at all. Most people get the bus, which is a 10 min walk to the busstop, and then a 10-40 minute bus trip, depending on the time of the day. About a third of the way through the year I started walking in, which takes about 40mins and isnt too bad a walk, and saves the bus fares. (BTW a late nite taxi costs around 8-10 pounds, so that isnt too bad, and the buses run past 11 at weekends).
Could be worse...