The debate: Catered halls or self catered? Watch

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And if you are already at university, it would be really useful to here what you chose, and if you think it was the best choice.
if i were to choose again i would still go for catered, it does piss me off sometimes missing lunch because i'm in a lecture and ive been to about five breakfast so far this year, but as people have said the social element is huge and its nice to find a freshly cooked nice food waiting for you instead of the pot noodles i'll probably opt for in the second year living out in the second should be the time for cooking i reckon
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I'm going for catered because:

1) I've had it recommended by current undergrads
2) It's the fastest way to meet people
3) Major reason - i can't cook!
4) It saves time, and for me money, as my parents will pay fr my accommodation. With catered, it's obv included in the cost.
5) I'm the kind of person who skips meals if left to my own devices - non too healthy!
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Thanks for all the replies!

I think i'm going to end up choosing catered. Even if afterwards I think damn, I should have chosen self-catered, it'll be no biggie as it's only one year, and for the other two i'll be sharing a house and cooking all the time.

phew decided... i think...
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I insisted that we didn't even bother look at the catered halls. its so nice to cook here, and we all get together and we always have guests round... tuesday is shepperds pie night, and thursday is curry night...

I'm vege and very picky, but when my boyf and parents come down they're very impressed with my cooking. I even touched bacon for my boyf the other week - it smells so much when you cook it, *euch*
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Sorry to use you as an example serendipity, but I've always been quite self sufiicient and have chosen to go self catered purely for the fact that I don't want to live with people who "skip meals if left to my own devices". I don't understand how people who are going to university can't cook, basically I don't suffer fools gladly so thats why I've chosen to go for self catering.
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I'm going for Self-Catered (not sure I have a choice at York actually) because I'd prefer to be more independent, and I'll be able to watch my money week by week. I also thinnk it's a good way to get to know anyone living with you, and is sociable that way. It's true that cooking takes time, but I think mastering the art in the first year when, after all, you are likely to have a lot of time, is better than being thrown into the deep end in the next year when you move out of halls. Also, I am a bit fussy and cardboard toast and hardened egg wouldn't do me too many favours in the morning!
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Im at uni, only I have no choice but to be in self-catered. I would definatly choose that option though, its the freedom to cook when you want and what you want. plus thre are plently of take-aways and readymeals if you really cant be bothered cooking some nights.

Plus catered halls will probably be more expensive in the long run and the food could be rubbish!

Also we all meet in the kitchen and its very sociable in there, especially when aiting for food to cook!
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(Original post by Pencil Queen)
It depends on the University - this was the case at Royal Holloway (cheap meals not free ones, and no real kitchen just a fridge and a microwave between 20+ people)


1) nothing is more social than sharing a living area like a kitchen with other people, cooking, shopping and eating together as well as just generally hanging around in the kitchen is far nicer than having to use peoples rooms or a great big hall to socialise in. I found catered halls to be much more anti-social than self catered. There were a substantial number of people who would refuse to go down for meals if they had noone to sit with, and there's also a very funny set of social rules regarding who you sit with depending on the size of a hall - in a big hall it's likely that you wont know 70%+ of the people you eat with and the chances of having to eat alone are fairly high. Most don't provide a take-away service if you're working and want to eat and work at the same time so you'r forced to take time out to sit down for a proper meal etc et

3) it's only cheaper if you use it and enjoy the food. At RH I spent most of my money on chicken burgers and cherry cheesecake as almost all of the rest of the food wasn't to my taste. I also spent a lot of money in the non-subsidised cafe's. Also if you don't have even slightly half decen kitchen facilities you can't make yourself sandwiches for lunch and so end up buying food/drinks while you're out which is *very* expensive.

Choose catered because you don't want to bother cooking by all means but your other two reasons are based on rumour not fact.
What about the fact that you're stuck with the people who are in your self catered flat whereas you choose who to socialise with in catered halls?

I STILL cant decide...
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(Original post by emma_)
What about the fact that you're stuck with the people who are in your self catered flat whereas you choose who to socialise with in catered halls?

I STILL cant decide...
I thought you'd already decided to go with catered? :confused:
Just interested because i'm in the same position - trying to decide whether to go for catered or self-catered.
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You have to learn to cook sometime! Honestly it is not as hard as people make it sound. Once you can cook pasta and rice, and learn how to stick a jacket potato in a microwave you are set. You have your basics and combine them with whatever you want. It's not like students live off of foie gras and souffles!

I would hate to be in catered - if I had a lie in one morning a week and was out during lunch time then I would miss food I'd paid good money for! Shocking! When you do your own cooking you get to make what you want, you learn practical skills and become more self-sufficent. Getting served up meals would be like being stuck in some boarding school. If I want to have noodles for breakfast and cornflakes at 4pm, then follow it off with vegetable pasta at midnight then I can. Much better.
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Self-catered it is then. Nuff said
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I was thinking of going for catered just because I can't cook. But I've just spent the last week on a geography field trip, eating the most horrible food I've ever tasted in my whole life. I am definately going to go for self-catered now!
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I am going for self catered..
Anyway how can people be 17 and not be able to cook and feed themselves properly? Do you get all your meals made by your parents or something?
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It depends what you mean by cook - i can quite happily making cheese on toast, bacon and eggs, pasta with sauce etc but tend to set my own hair on fire if i attempt anything more complicated....
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(Original post by Emaah)
I am going for self catered..
Anyway how can people be 17 and not be able to cook and feed themselves properly? Do you get all your meals made by your parents or something?
..well yes what with 95% of this board living with their parents i imagine so.

silly question.

and for the record i can cook very well, but part of uni is living in halls and the halls here are all catered so there you go.

you probably wont see you friends for most of the day as you'll all be busy in different areas so its great to meet up at 1 or 6 and just chat about your day and what we are going to do in the evening plus you'll have friends in different parts of the hall, not just your flat, i dont see how you would see them anywhere near as often as we do in catered.
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Well I didn't say living in catered was bad I said I didn't understand how anybody could be 17 and not be able to cook for themselves, I do know there are other reasons for choosing catered but I was only speaking about one.

It also wasn't a silly question. Just because people live at home with their parents doesn't mean they get all their meals cooked for them. I live at home with my parents and I don't, some yes, but not all.. Isn't it kind of selfish and lazy to expect parents to do all that for you, I mean fair enough when you're 6 but 18?
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I am going for self catered..
Anyway how can people be 17 and not be able to cook and feed themselves properly? Do you get all your meals made by your parents or something?
erm... most people live with their parents so it would be pretty dumb to make seperate meals don't you think? most people can do basic cooking, but trying to keep myself properly nourished on top of all the other changes - its one less thing to worry about.
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Well I didn't say living in catered was bad I said I didn't understand how anybody could be 17 and not be able to cook for themselves, I do know there are other reasons for choosing catered but I was only speaking about one.

It also wasn't a silly question. Just because people live at home with their parents doesn't mean they get all their meals cooked for them. I live at home with my parents and I don't, some yes, but not all.. Isn't it kind of selfish and lazy to expect parents to do all that for you, I mean fair enough when you're 6 but 18?
i would say that most people would consider it normal to only cook the occasional meal for the family.
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Ok well i guess things are just different in my family. I know it is silly to make seperate meals.I often make the meal for my whole family in the evening if my parents are working. It's really not that hard.

Yes yes i know there are other reasons for going catered I just said I didn't understand the excuse of not being able to cook for yourself because I thought by the time a person was 17 or 18 they would have had ample experience of making food for themselves.
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Yes yes i know there are other reasons for going catered I just said I didn't understand the excuse of not being able to cook for yourself because I thought by the time a person was 17 or 18 they would have had ample experience of making food for themselves.
most of my friends cant cook, i imagine you are wrong, as has already been said why *would* a 17 or 18 year old need to be able to cook any more than beans on toast?
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