When I applied for accommodation I originally wanted halls of residence but instead was given a Unlilet in Charminster. I recommend Unilets for those who want more privacy and prefer to live with smaller groups of people. This way there is no pressure to go out or socialise when you have a lot of work to do. I ended up preferring living in a Unilet because I like my privacy and it meant I was able to get to know why house mates well. However it is harder to meet people and make large groups of friends than if you lived in halls of residence. You're experienced will also be affected by whether or not you get on with the 2 or 3 people you live with.
The house I lived in was a good size, had everything I needed and walking distance from Uni. It was right by a a main road so was very convenient being close to plenty of restaurants, bars, pubs and shops.