about fridges: some people I know have mini fridges, but we're not really allowed them. if you have a reason for needing a fridge in your room (ie you're vegan, or need halal or kosher food separate from other people) then they will let you have one. about first year rooms - I expect that if you need a low rent band then you could request one and they would sort that out for you but otherwise there isn't any choice in the matter. the vast majority of freshers live in new court, although every year a few get nicer rooms (these tend to be people with matric offers, although not always) that people in other years have left in order to take scholar's rooms. new court isn't that bad anyway - it's class 4 (out of 9)!