I live in Shackleton on the Vale, and I, overall have had a positive experience. As for the Vale overall, it is a lovely place to live. The student village surrounded by trees and a lake in Edgbaston, which is one of the nicer and safer places in Birmingham, is both picturesque and useful. Its also the most social place, and I am glad to live here as a fresher, as freshers who don't live on the vale don't seem to have many friends. However in comparison to Selly Oak and Prittchats Park is one of the furthest accomodation zones to walk from, the furthest away walking for 25-20 mins. If I speed walk I can get from my flat to seminar in 20 mins, which isn't too bad but not ideal. The Vale has so many different accomodation options, which I loved, both shared and ensuite rooms, catered and self-catered in a variety of different sizes. I chose ensuite at Shackleton as the rooms were quite big, with big kitchens but I liked the independence of an ensuite bathroom. The pull of Shackleton was being so close to the hub, I only had to go down a floor to get food for meal plan, and costcutter, cash machine, the pub (duck and scholar) etc, and I do love this. However I wasn't expecting the building to be as it was. As it is so old, there are frequent mould/condensation/damp issues, and the hot water has gone off a couple of times, and it is often cold with poor radiators. Shackleton is expensive enough I do now wish I just paid the extra bit to live in Chamberlain and have new good quality rooms with bigger beds! I do love the meal plan aspect, I'm not a huge cook and the flexibilty of Â£56 on my student card to spend all over campus and the Vale is really great. Overall I do like living here, I'd live on the Vale again and could live in Shackleton, but it hasnt been perfect.