Hi! I need help with choosing my accommodation at the University of Birmingham. I've come down to the cheaper options, but I really can't decide what's more important for me - having meal plan at Maple Bank or Aitken or being closer to uni buildings at Ashcroft or The Spinney. The Green Community seems like a good choice too. Any recommendations? Also, is it true that as a first year student, if you're not in the Vale, you're missing out? Is Ashcroft ok when it comes to social life, finding friends etc?