Disclaimer: This is about tower - the rest of OP is unfamiliar to me. Social experience can be good - parties do happen. I do wish the flats were more mixed (guys and girls are quite separated) and smaller, as that could provide for better socialisation - this way it’s slightly awkward because doing things with 12 people on your floor (and your side) can be hard. If you’re looking for intellectuals, forget it, honestly (I think they’re mostly in Victoria Park). Owens Park is the hall everyone loves to hate, especially its residents - but we’re all glad to move out in the end, not without the “survived the infamous tower” certficate!