Hi, i'm a fresher at Manchester Uni now, and i live in Oak House, Sycamore Court.
Firstly, some of the posts on here you should ignore straight away. I live in a flat with 4 girls and 4 boys and there are 3 other flats in my block and i know/hang out with about 28 of the 24 people in my block. Everyone comes to university in the same boat and it boils down to how sociable you are as to how many friends you make. Sure, you get some loners who will stay in there rooms and moan that they don't have any friends and don't get on with anyone but thats probably down to the fact that they've not made the effort with the people around them. Moreover, i've met countless people on nights out and a social events and through people my flat mates know, so don't worry about making friends, just be yourself, be sociable and you'll be just find.
When it comes down to the mis-conception that Oak House means parties every night, thats complete bulls**t tbh. Of course people go out, but only as much as they want to and it can get loud at times but no enough to bother you, unless of course you're one of the unsociable wining loners. Self-catered is better in my opinion, its much more felxible and as for the comment someone made about not being able to eat with your flat mates if your self catered, thats rubbish, i eat with my best mate every night, we just fit it around our lifestyles and theres almost always someone in our living room or kitchen or someone in in the flats upstairs.
Despite what anyone says, manchester is an amazing city with a top class university. Its got one of the best shopping experiences in the country (theres the trafford centre as well), its quality for transport, the buses to fallowfield and the university run all day and night and you never have to wait for a bus, furthermore, there's two train stations and the tram network. Theres loads of opportunities to join sports or social clubs and because theres so many students theres so much variety! The night life i one of the best in the country, something for everyone so almost everyone (except the wining loners) is satisfied. I can guarentee that if you come to Manchester university you will have the time of your life, one of the best student experiences around!