I've been having a bit of trouble narrowing my choice of Oxford college down, with the main reason being I really don't have a clue what I want from it, really. I mean, with regards to accommodation, I'm not sure how much first year accommodation being in a modern block should dissuade me, really - having only lived in crappy, identikit houses on crappy, identikit estates thus far, one of the attractions of Oxford is being able to live in an old place with a bit of character, and thus I'm not really sure how I'd feel going to a college where accommodation was likely to be modern in the first year. So I'd be appreciative of any contributions from people who've been to such colleges.
Secondly, is the issue of kitchens and food - some colleges have borderline no kitchen facilities, some have lots. I was wondering how much of an issue a lack of kitchens would be, really - do you find it possible to survive on hall food and microwavable stuff without completely bankrupting yourself/ becoming malnourished? I'm just not really sure how important the option of having a kitchen would be, really. [also, I'd be grateful if people could perhaps comment on whether the amount of kitchens is sufficient or not in their college, since guides and websites don't really give a good idea of whether the amount is enough, I suppose].
I'll be very grateful if anybody can contribute anything useful.