I'm an offer holder for English literature at King's, and I'm torn between several of the accommodation choices. Firstly I'm not sure whether to choose between catered or self-catered, and within those options I'm stuck between a few.
So my main question is: How much cheaper is catered accommodation? I know at face value it's more expensive of course, but factoring in the cost of feeding yourself, is it better value to choose catered halls over self-catered?
On a more specific note, can anyone give me some advice on the following catered halls? International, Commonwealth, Hughes Parry, and Canterbury. They're my 4 biggest choices, and I'd like to know any major downsides to them that the brochure tactically omitted.
And for Self-catered residences, can anyone give some opinion on the following? Wolfson, Brian Creamer, The Rectory.
Personally, I'd much rather self-catered, as that gives me a sense of more freedom, and makes me feel less like I'm at a boarding school. But I have to keep costs low; it's bad enough I'm studying in London! Any advice on any of the questions would make me happier than a pig in filth.
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