Maple Bank in the Vale is I think the tied-cheapest option - and the facilities do reflect that. Despite self-catering being the only option, compared to the other housing options, you get the smallest kitchens. The kitchens are so small that you don't get a dining table, but instead a breakfast bar that technically seats 3 (at least, there are 3 stools available) and a 'sofa' the width of a love seat. All 5 flatmates could technically cook at the same time - but only if four flatmates use a hob each and one uses the oven, and you don't all stand in the main cooking area at once. You get a freezer, 2 fridges, a microwave, and an oven with the kitchen. You share a laundry building with the rest of Maple Bank. All common areas in the flat - the kitchen, the corridor, and the two rooms with toilets - have automatic lights. In the corridor and kitchen this is fine when you move more often, but in the main bathroom, the shower cubicle blocks the sensor, so you have to keep opening the shower door when you shower to keep the lights on at night. The highlights of the Maple Bank flats are the personal rooms. The rooms are a good size, the wardrobes are adequate, there is room under the bed for storage boxes, and the desk is huge. There are more than plenty sockets. Because the rent is all inclusive, WiFi and heating are included in the room. You can control the heating in your room (which is great, until, like our flat and the ones above and below, the boiler goes out of service for over a week...but this also affects the shower and kitchen etc.) and once you sign in to the WiFi you can use it throughout the flat. The outside bin areas (shared by a lot of flats) had rats when I was there in 2015/2016. It isn't the longest walk from campus, but it is still at the top of the hill. Despite a lot of negatives, it is the cheapest option, and as long as you keep requesting (repeatedly and loudly if needs be) maintenance, you should be fine if you don't mind sharing a bathroom and a small kitchen.