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Uni Accomodation - first time! Do people share food costs??

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    I'm moving into uni accomodation for the first time this september...i'm 23...never moved out of my parents house...what should I expect there? what happens in the first day? do people just eat out or go to buy food etc? or do we buy in advance?


    also, in few days/weeks, do people in your flat buy food and share the bills or how does it work out?

    when you cook, do you just cook for yourself or for everyone??

    understand these are ridiculous questions for a pro, but I'm really worried about these :o:o
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    Unless people are either (a) drunk and wanting a kebab, (b) buying a cheap sandwich at uni for lunch, or (c) their parents are down, and they're paying, people will cook for themselves in halls.

    In my own flat, we buy the vast majority of our own stuff and just use it ourselves. However, there are a few communal items where you get through relatively little of the stuff. Every so often, there's a 'flat meal' where two people cook and everyone chips in for food.

    Trying to cook for everyone can be a bit of a pain in some ways - you've got to get everyone in the same place at the same time, get money off of them, and account for any vegetarianism / allergies / strong dislikes, hence why we don't do it that often.
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    Youd think they would wouldnt you, i personally think its a clever thing to do but buying for yourself works as well. Im moving in with a mate in sep and im thinking about sharing the food costs
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    (Original post by drummer)
    Youd think they would wouldnt you, i personally think its a clever thing to do but buying for yourself works as well. Im moving in with a mate in sep and im thinking about sharing the food costs
    Which is fine, unless one of you eats more, you don't share food preferences, one person doesn't buy enough food . . .

    I know it sounds like the smart thing to do, but unless you're cooking every meal for both of you, then it won't work very well in practice.
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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    Which is fine, unless one of you eats more, you don't share food preferences, one person doesn't buy enough food . . .

    I know it sounds like the smart thing to do, but unless you're cooking every meal for both of you, then it won't work very well in practice.
    This basically.

    Some people do, but it's generally limited to a few friends for specific meals. For the vast majority of the time people just get their own food and drinks.
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    No, you'll soon see why this won't work in student accommodation. People eat more than others, some people are cleaner than others, some people have skewed perceptions of what fair or 'half' is.


    When you move it, I would pack a few staples like pasta, rice, pasta sauce, potatoes and so on to get you started if everyone doesn't want to get a takeaway or pub meal or similar on the first night.

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