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    I am hoping to get into Harper Adams September 2014
    I was wondering... Is it best to go in catered or self catered halls?
    I would be great if I could know the pros and cons of catered and self catered halls
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    (Original post by FarmGirl_6930)
    I am hoping to get into Harper Adams September 2014
    I was wondering... Is it best to go in catered or self catered halls?
    I would be great if I could know the pros and cons of catered and self catered halls
    Thanks
    Pros
    -Food cooked for you & no washing up to do

    Cons
    -Expensive
    -Set meal times
    -Limited choice of what to eat
    -Food can be of varying qualities
    -Do you really want to be getting up early on Saturday morning to go to breakfast?
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    Why anyone would want to go catered is beyond me. I like the option of cooking my own food, when and how I want it and being cooked for takes away the aspect of responsibility and growing up associated with moving to university.

    I wonder when you'll learn to feed yourself if you still can't do so at university.

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    I'm in catered at Nottingham. There's pros and cons.

    Pros:

    -Sociable. We don't tend to eat alone for dinner, and it's always a laugh! This isn't to say self-catered isn't, it depends who your flatmates are. In catered we aren't restricted to eat with out floormates. In fact, most of my friends aren't from my floor at all they're from around the hall and we all meet for dinner. In a way, it facilitated me in making friends because I didn't click with my floormates, and the fact that everyone comes together everyday at a certain time really makes socialising easy.
    -Simple. Don't go hungry, the food is decent (most of the time) and it's less hassle.
    -Budget. Included in accomodation bill here, so no need to budget for food in the first year. Again, less hassle.

    Cons:

    -Having to eat a certain time or you starve. For instance, on weekends we have to eat between 5pm - 6pm or we miss dinner. This is really annoying, as students tend to eat dinner a lot later than that (I usually go for 7pm/8pm+). Really a pain. You have to plan your day around the mealtime, which is really annoying to be frank.
    -The food is sometimes terrible. But I take a lot to keep my options open and take a hell of a lot.

    So i've been catered for about 3 weeks now. All in all, if I could chose again, I would go self-catered. That's the honest answer. Catered isn't independent, and independence is a big trait of uni. It's also an inevitable reality that cooking is upon us now. It's bearable and it does have its positives. It saved me from being a loner, never underestimate the impact of having 100/200/300 people all congregating together every morning/evening, 7 days a week. It's a social hub. If, however, I could pre-determine my floormates/flatmates as people I connect with, I would definitely go self-catered. This is why i'm looking forward to moving into a house.

    Edit: Unsure if self-catered halls have a JCR? If so, then I would consider catered because the JCR is the other social hub where we all play pool/table-tennis/pre-drink/chill. Love it.
 
 
 

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