I chose to live in self-catered halls, which unfortunately are a bit more isolated from the rest. It is easier to make friends right away if you choose to live in uni flats, although they are in quite poor condition. It is definitely a wise choice to live in halls the first year as you get to know the university surroundings and all the freshers are there anyway. You are close to the union where all the happening is during freshers week, so don't be afraid to go down there and talk to people, everyone is in the same situation as you and are more than happy to speak to you too! The campus is beautiful and worth getting to know during your first year. You have plenty of time to move closer to town during your second, third and fourth year so take your time to really enjoy campus life too. The chaplaincy is a great place to get cutlery and other kitchen utensils for the year, which you can bring back at the end of the year to recycle to other newcomers. They also serve a free meal once a week, no need to be religious to go have a free meal when money is tight.