Catered and Self-Catered Accommodation Watch

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After talking to my sister, I have become interested in the issue of what type of person goes into catered or self-catered accommodation. She tends to think that catered is generally full of a certain type of person, whereas people who apply for self-catered are somehow different.

Do people agree that there is a difference between the type of person who applies for catered and one that applies for self-catered? Have you experienced it yourself?
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Nope, can't say that I've experienced anything like that at all, its a ridiculous idea! Which university is your sister at? That would mean there were only two "types of student" in the whole of the university. People chose to be catered or self-catered for a variety of reasons, - costs, the demands of their course, lazyness, proximity to the university, ability to cook, - its not dependant on one thing.
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Nope, can't say that I've experienced anything like that at all, its a ridiculous idea! Which university is your sister at? That would mean there were only two "types of student" in the whole of the university. People chose to be catered or self-catered for a variety of reasons, - costs, the demands of their course, lazyness, proximity to the university, ability to cook, - its not dependant on one thing.
She's at Sheffield. She went into catered housing. She seems to think that people who go into catered halls are the 'popular kid' who is quite spoilt and has 'no sense of adventure at all' (i.e. against anything alternative, whether it be music, art, fashion, books). She also said they are generally full of people obsessed with clubbing and pulling.

I vehemently argued against her because I thought it was grossly unfair, but then she simply told me that she was at uni and had experienced it herself, whereas I was just going of vague hearsay.
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not found that at all really, obviously the kids who go into the *best* accomodation are all of the same type, but that be the bets either catered or self catering.

and then in all the rest of the accomodation you get all sorts of people, the accomodation office do try to put people with similar intrests together.

so maybee if your sister is quite snobby they put her with all the snobby kids...so she wouldnt have met normal people. in exeter we dont tend to socialise with people from other halls very oftern and i think thats the same in sheffield.

love Katy ***
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Your probably right. I dont think she does socialise with people in other halls that much, infact I cant remember her talking about socialising with anyone from halls. She was in a house with 7 other people so I think she just socialised with them, neighbouring houses and people who dont even go to uni.

I'm not too bothered about what type of person is in my accomodation (which maybe catered or self-catered). I'm sure there'll be a great variety of people. If there isnt then I wont be too bothered as I can be happy being either the most sociable person in the world, or the reserved keeps themselves to themselves sort of person.

PS: Ickle Katy, I'm interested in what you mean by the 'best' accommdation. Do you mean the most expensive or what?
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Is it true that at some uni's you still have to pay for meals (at a discounted rate) even if you are in fully catered accomodation?

Does any1 have a list of what uni's do so?
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(Original post by eddiedaboss)
Is it true that at some uni's you still have to pay for meals (at a discounted rate) even if you are in fully catered accomodation?

Does any1 have a list of what uni's do so?
I wouldn't think it would matter whether the price of the food is included in the price of the accommodation as long as you remember to include it when working out your costs. If a university charges extra for meals, it will just mean the price of the catered accommodation will be cheaper pr around the same price as selfcatered before adding the cost of meals and substantially more expensive afterwards. Also look out for other accommodation related charges such as kitchen charges, key deposits and insurance when deciding where to live.
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well I'm at Sheffield and I would say the catered halls have more organised stuff going on but there really arent any types that go into the places at all.
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I'm going as a mature student (25) so I don't know if I reflect upon school leavers or not, but I'm planning to apply for catered accommodation for ease of budgeting, more time (I intend to have busy days ), some sort of structure (getting to breakfast on time will definitely be incentive to get up early!) and knowing my own habits I'm most likely to eat better in a catered situation.
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Well, there are those who can cook, and those who can't. Once you get past that though, there are lots of other, more important/interesting differences between people. I'm sure in catered halls, we'll get a wide variety of people too (oh, and I'm a mature student as I'm 20).

I wonder...is there a difference between the people who want en-suite, and the people who are willing to share a bathroom?
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I'm likely to end up at Sheffield this year.. I've chosen self-catered.. although I can't really cook. Hope your sister is wrong! I'd like to think that everyone will socialise.. catered with self-catered etc..
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(Original post by ecksor)
I'm going as a mature student (25) so I don't know if I reflect upon school leavers or not, but I'm planning to apply for catered accommodation for ease of budgeting, more time (I intend to have busy days ), some sort of structure (getting to breakfast on time will definitely be incentive to get up early!) and knowing my own habits I'm most likely to eat better in a catered situation.
They pretty much sound like my reasons for applying for catered. I think I'll have more time for studies if I don't have to cook (considering I'm hopeless at cooking).
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I'm self catered (and didn't get a choice, all the halls at my uni are self catered) but its really sociable, you hang out in the kitchen a lot of the time, as it doubles as your social area. I think its possibly better in self catered as you do get to do more stuff yourself, but thats just my opinion.
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When I go to uni I'm going to go for self-catered for the simple reason that I'm the fussiest eater in the whole world and I know I will dislike a lot of the food in catered. I'm worried that I will miss out on the social aspects of uni though
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I submitted my accom form to Cardiff today! I've gone for self-catered (University Hall) as I'm kind of adventurous and like to cook. I don't suppose seven years of dodgy school meals has helped either. Looking forward to meeting new people too. I've opted for en-suite, just because its nice to have your own bathroom, although if I get standard (my second choice), it wouldn't fuss me at all.
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