I lived in Birley the first year the halls were open. Beautiful as they are, I find the town houses to be very unsociable: each floor in the house is like an individual flat of 4 rooms as you only have access to your own floor, and no access to neighbouring houses. However you share a house with 11 others which can make for very unclean common areas. The sofas were like rocks, the laundry facilities are in a separate building which means carrying your dirty laundry outside of your house for all to see/get wet in the Manchester rain. The location is convenient and the bedrooms are nice and big, however I don’t feel this accommodation is worth the high cost. Also MMU are extremely strict on basic wear and tear: my friend had her deposit retained for leaving coffee cup rings on the windowsill.