For my first year at university I lived in the city living accommodation Opal Court which proved to be really convenient as it was only a 5 minute walk to university, 10 minutes to Morrisons (the largest supermarket close to the accommodation) and a 15 minutes walk to the shopping centre. Opal Court has a mixture of students from different stages of their course. My flat consisted of 4 other girls in their 1st year, when allocating dorms I believe they try to put all the 1st years together. Facilities the accommodation also includes is a common room area with access to TV and gaming facilities such as table tennis. Opal Court is the ideal accommodation if you are looking for somewhere convenient in location; it is mainly popular with international and postgraduate students, however I felt it was an ideal accommodation for my first year at university.
Just before I moved into my student accommodation I joined the Opal Court Facebook group where other students were searching for their flatmates by commenting their flat numbers and floor levels. I thought this was a great idea because I was able to message and have a conversation with my flatmates before I arrived. Which made my actual day moving into the flat a lot easier as I had already introduced myself to the majority of my flatmates through the private Facebook group.
Have a search on Facebook and see what groups there maybe for your student accommodation. (Also look out for Facebook pages related to your course, here is the Media Communication page.)
To all the new students at Opal Court I hope you enjoy your stay there!