Derwent College is the self-proclaimed social college that sits just next to the centre of west campus. Whilst the rooms may not be the most modern, they are cheapest option available, and the tall ceilings make the room feel a lot more spacious and grand. In addition, Derwent has 'extension blocks' which boast much more modern rooms and larger kitchens for the same price. Like me, if you have a shared bathroom, your toilets get cleaned Monday to Friday every week of the year. My first gripe with Derwent is how there isn't a lot of social space within the housing, i.e. no tv or settee but only hard wood benches in the kitchen. If you want to sit on a nice chair you'd have to go to one of the crowded bars that usually have quite slow service for a slightly expensive price. My second complaint is the washing machines. These are terribly expensive and don't even do the job. It is £3.60 for a wash and £1.80 for a dryer typically. Someone I know had used the washer and had holes ripped into their jeans. The dryer also never dries anything fully, so either way your room has to covered with damp clothes. Also I'm not sure why but all the other colleges hate derwent because we're "rough". It's an ongoing joke that "Derwent has asbestos" (even though it doesn't anymore) because our college is the oldest, but it's all in fun and games. At the end of the day your university of choice should be for your course not accommodation, you can always move out in the second year or stay there if you really like it! Overall, Derwent is a lively college where you're made to feel welcome by the people within it, in the centre of a gorgeous campus with lots of wildlife.