There does seem to be quite a high number of knobs in Hatfield, compared to other colleges.
You had a meal with your tutor and all you got was bread (albeit fancy bread)? Great, proper hard up students then, I'll fit right in down there. Reminds me of the drinking bender which only left me and the flatmates with enough cash for pasta and kitkats, it was a fun week.
Now, while we take a temporary intermission about witch accusations, a serious question. What's the accomodation like at Hatfield? Y'see, I've seen private rent in Durham goes down to about £200 a month, which is a good whack less for a room than I'm paying right now. However, Hatfield are looking for over £350 a month, which seems a bit mad. How much of the college is in accomodation on site? Y'see, to avoid the kitkat incident again, I might go for the cheaper alternative, preserve the beer money.
I suspect accusations of witchcraft may be what occur when you're nice to me on here.
postgradguy (do you have another name we can refer to you by? I don't want to type our your userthingy so I might call you pgg for now...)
Do you know the location of the Hatfield postgrad stuff? Also, are they catered or not? Plus remember that the extra will be including bills, but you probably wouldn't be paying that much for bills. (And there won't be much at 200 a month I suspect)
Umm... tbh you'd be fine living out somewhere. Most of Durham isn't too far away, and if it is too far there are busses
Hey hey, I'm Chris- username was simply because my old account on here went awol and my student number was a reasonably unique identifier. Anyhoo- I've heard some (but not all) postgrads are a short distance away in Palantine house, should they choose to stay in the college. Freshers 'usually' have to share, but this isnt the case for postgrads, as far as I'm aware. Anyway, at a scout around various websites, the rent is typically about 55-65 a week (I'm currently around 330 a month once I add on the bills for my room which is a shade less than the rate for a Hatfield Room, but still about £80 a month more than private lets). Not all that fussed about Catering- at Glasgow it was pretty dire, but there is the option of catering or not, as you so wish.
My flat here is about a 20min walk/ 1 mile from the department, so I'm not bothered about living on the doorstep of the place, difference with here and Durham is, I'm not sure whether the College atmosphere is a must-do sort of thing. At Glasgow there was obviously some pretty large student halls, but the amount staying at home or in private flats was pretty large, so it wasn't seen as the 'must do', in the way that I've been told staying in a College is. I mean, some of the flats I've seen have 8 bedrooms, which is unheard of up here, so I dare say I'll be in a position to meet folk regardless. I have a few friends in Newcastle, which isn't far away either. Not really up for a train into Durham most mornings though...
Oh, and cheers for your help folks!