I'm in College House, it's on St Luke's Campus, but I study on Streatham. I don't think you'll be put here, it's very unlikely as they'll only put you here if there is a major mess-up with the accommodation. Which there was with me and a few others!
I can tell you about most accommodation on/near Streatham, you'll probably have heard of the big ones - Holland Hall, Pennsylvania Court, Birks Grange - but actually, they're all pretty nice, I'd recommend just being content with one or two expensive choices and leaving the other choices as quieter ones, like the Exeter Halls (Hope, Lopez, those ones) or further away ones (James Owen Court - which is in the centre of town! Shopping!) because honestly, I'd rather have my 3rd choice than choose 3 popular choices and get none of them... Because that's what happened to me
Vis-a-vis staying on top of things - many, many people will tell you that 'first year doesn't count' and that you only need to get 40% to pass. While this is true, bear in mind that future employers may
- and that's not necessarily a certainty - want to see your first year results. Despite this, many people, myself included, have not tried their hardest this year. It's hard to say whether letting yourself get used to it slowly in the first year and not burning out too soon is better than just getting on top of things ASAP, but I will say DON'T LET YOURSELF GET OVERLY STRESSED. It happened to me in the 2nd term and it really does ruin things
So, to stay on top of things - get organised. Get folders. Get dividers. Take the work in little, manageable chunks - don't hole yourself up in your room all day and night, it's not necessary. But you will find that if you do a bit every day, say an hour to three hours, life will just be SO much easier. You will love yourself come exam time.
But yeah, also don't go out drinking every night - tempting, but not necessarily what you're paying thousands of pounds for! Not to sound like boring, but just remember that you are paying
for this, and as well as being a life experience, it's also to get a degree and career
P.S. If you - or anyone - has any other questions I'm happy to try and answer them