I went down on Friday and had a look at Cratloe and Thomond. Have to say the drive in to Thomond is like driving in to a camp from the far side of the iron curtain. The concrete wall seperating the students from the Moyross residents is something else, and I'm not sure who is being protected from who.
The staff are really nice though and the accommodation is pretty good. They also have some good things like the shuttle bus and common rooms, the outside though just looks terrible.
At Cratloe it's the opposite, the outside is managed really well and the inside isn't so great but not bad all the same. I know it's student accommodation but for the money they're charging I was expecting something a bit better.
I'm certain I'll be heading for Thomond, the double room ensuite seals the deal for me, I do like my creature comforts! I''ll stick with student accommodation this year as I think it will be easier to meet people, so I'm happy enough.
Thanks all for the help.