I’m currently living in Brendon Court for £74 a week. All rooms are refurbished with bed, desk, chair, washbasin with mirror and cupboard underneath, wardrobe, loads of shelves, full length mirror, lamp and 12 plug sockets! Each kitchen group has 14 people (less if there are any empty rooms along your corridor) all sharing 2 toilets and 3 showers (some lucky houses have a bath as well). 3 showers is fine - there’s always been a shower available when I’ve gone for one. The cleaners visit twice weekly and do a really good job of cleaning the kitchen. I’d recommend Brendon Court as it’s one of the nicest and cheapest places and it’s really close to the library, accommodation mailroom, the Fresh Shop and most of the lecture theatres.
My opinion on the other accommodation blocks:
I’d only say go for Solsbury/Malbourough/Woodland Court if you can definitely afford it, but be aware that there’ll probably be lots of competition for these places! I haven’t seen any rooms in Solsbury or Malbourough so I can’t really comment on them. After Brendon, I prefer Eastwood - cheapest and sociable. Be wary of pods if you’re choosing Westwood. Some people like them, some people don’t. I had to use one once for a shower when the hot water didn’t work in Brendon - the whole pod floor floods with water and everything just gets soaked. Also if you don’t shut the door tight, the fire alarm will almost certainly go off because of the steam (as I found out…). The rooms in Norwood are a good size. I find that the whole accommodation block has sort of an industrial feel about it. I’d only live here if I had a room on one of the top floors (less noise with the added bonus of nice views). I think I would have gone crazy if I had lived here on one of the lower floors with all the noise from Elements below. But then again, Norwood is the most convenient in terms of location. Only go for off-campus accommodation as a last resort! It would be a huge hassle having to get to campus each morning, especially as most first years have at least one 8:15 lecture a week.