I spent my first year in Tennis Courts in the Vale Village 2015/16. I was in one of the newly refurbished blocks, I lived in a flat of 5 in a block of about 30 of us. My room was clean and fairly spacious with a single bed, all rooms in the block are the same size/layout. The common kitchen/sitting area was fairly small when you have parties or guests but did the job for us 5. Compared to other UoB accommodation, Tennis Courts was by far the most sociable, there were always parties etc and everyone just seemed to want to socialise. For the price I would say it's the best option for UoB accommodation. Maple bank in comparison is too small, and other accommodation then gets more expensive. Location is about 15 min walk from the University and also a train station, so it is a bit far away from actual central Birmingham, but you feel super safe and it's a definite community vibe.