Van Mildert boasts relatively new accommodation, when looking at the castle for example, but I would say that this works in it's favour. The heating works, it's cleaned and maintained regularly, the rooms are allowed double-glazing; none of it is 'listed', which means greater comfort for all! It has the largest dining space of any Durham college, which overlooks the famed body of water: the 'lake'. It's a most pleasant lake, supporting many varieties of wildlife including the college's mascot: the duck. Many of it's sports teams are consistently revered, however the music scenes change rather a lot from year to year, depending upon who's involved. College "bops", socials, formal halls, balls, and other massive social events assert college as a social hub, and though you don't have to be involved all the time, it could well form the largest aspect of your social life. It is a hill college, leaving it 10-15 minutes outside of the city, but I never found this to be an issue whatsoever.