I stayed at Oxley halls, the furthest out from the university, meaning for morning lectures the bus journey could take anything up to 35 minutes. Despite this though I really enjoyed my time at Oxley; because of its distance from the city it really felt like two separate entities, uni and home and that allowed for greater social possibilities. The area was very nice as well, in woodland and away from busy roads. If you're really up for living in the city, it's not for you, but if you like the idea of a more rural residence, then the distance is a very small price to pay. As for other halls' reputations: Central Village is really unsocial as it's difficult to get to know people there; Montague Burton is really social yet in a relatively rough area; James Baillie is really nice and it's closer than Oxley.